Finding pockets of time to do the things you need and want to do can be extremely difficult sometimes. Or so it would seem.
But that’s really not the case. Sometimes it's just a matter of getting a little bit creative.
I know for myself, I feel like I “need” that entire hour or two to sit down and write a blog post, work on a big project, or to clean my house. I pretty much want to make a project or task happen from start to finish all at once! It’s just how I feel I’m being most productive.
But this way of thinking was causing me to get nothing done, because if I couldn’t do it all now, I simply wouldn’t do it. But let’s be real here. When you’re busy, do you seriously have the time to do all those things on your list in one fell swoop?
Especially if it’s something that is for yourself, like working on your business or spending time on your favourite hobby. Because for some reason, those things often seem to be at the bottom of our list.
The thing is, our view of productivity and how our to-do list should be tackled and accomplished, is all in our heads. Sometimes we need reminding that productivity can be accomplished in many different ways.
1) Take advantage of those little pockets of time
If you really take notice, you’ll find that we are presented with little pockets of time, each and everyday. But what are we doing with these?
For instance, if you find yourself scrolling through social media while waiting in a long line at the store, wouldn’t that time be used more wisely by working on a blog post or reading a book? Just ask yourself if your actions are taking you closer to achieving your goals.
And take notice of those 5 or 10 minutes throughout your day where you can do one small thing (or part of one) that will take you closer to what you really want for yourself.
2) Be clear on what you want to accomplish
Playing games on my phone or losing myself in social media were a norm for me at one time. But they happened simply because I lost sight of my goals.
Sometimes it’s just easier to lose yourself in those things then to sit down and map out a plan to make your dreams a reality.
But why are we so reluctant to do this? Is it lack of confidence? Thoughts like “that could never happen” or “I can’t possibly accomplish this”?
I know that sitting down to make a plan can seem a little daunting. If that’s how you’re feeling, then start small. Start with just ONE goal. Write it down and map it out.
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3) Make sure what you want is what YOU really want
If we don’t really want what we say we want, then it becomes very difficult to make time for it. The passion or desire to make it happen just isn’t there.
Be clear on your goals and make sure that those goals are YOURS and not something others or society have imposed on you. Being productive will be much easier when you truly desire what you're aiming to achieve.
And I get that we might not necessarily want to be doing something productive every single minute of the day. But the idea here is to become more aware of what you do with those few minutes here and there, and maybe more importantly, what you WANT to do with them.
4) Use your energy wisely and wisely know your energy
Your energy level has a lot to do with your choices. Of course you’re probably not going to want to declutter at the end of a long day of working in the office and being your kids’ taxi driver.
After a day like that, you’ll probably want to crash on the couch with Netflix or a good book. And that is perfectly okay. Let yourself do those things without guilt.
The trick is to know yourself and when your energy is at its best. Then, plan accordingly.
Being a busy woman with many different roles, I know that you don’t always get to choose where your energy goes or when you get to use it. But knowing your energy cycles can help a great deal.
Once you begin to take notice of your energy cycles, you’ll be able to make decisions that will ultimately make you more productive.
5) Be sure to recharge your energy
Being productive doesn’t mean going full power all the time. Obviously this is not a sustainable way to function. So make sure you make time for yourself to recharge.
This could be getting the sleep you need, taking some time to yourself for a nice hot bath, or a nice walk at the end of your day. Whatever it is you choose, make time for it every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Being productive can be a challenge, but don’t feel you need to aim at being your most productive self all the time. Forgive yourself if you have an “off” day.
Even Wonder Woman had some “off” days and had to recharge her batteries!
Productivity boils down to two basic things - know what you want and your energy cycles. Knowing just those two things will help you use your time more productively and you’ll accomplish more in less time.
Under what circumstances are you most productive? Leave a comment below or reach out to me at [email protected] with comments or questions.
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