In today’s society, it’s the norm to be constantly driving forward. Always busy, always working towards goals. But there’s a line between working towards such goals which EXCITE you and feeling completely overwhelmed by the amount that you have “to do”.
Before we dive into the productivity tips which will add hours to your week, consider this:
How often do you respond to, “How Are You?” with “Good, but I’m busy”?
Saying you’re busy tells the world that you’re working hard. But being busy can also take a mental and physical toll.
Instead of saying, “I’m busy”, respond with:
• “I’m working hard on projects/goals that I’m excited about!”
• “I love what I’m doing.”
Next, it’s important to recognize that being busy is not the same as being productive. Some main differences between busy and productive people include:
Busy: Multitasking, May say “I have too little time”, May say “Yes” to everything
Productive: Focused efforts, Make time for what’s important, Know what aligns with their goals and when it’s okay to say “no”.
So, without further adieu…
3 WAYS TO TRANSITION FROM BUSY TO PRODUCTIVE THIS WEEK
1) Prioritize, then focus your intentions.
Focusing your intentions and prioritizing what has importance in your life prompts us to decide. The longer we’re floating around between which action to take, the longer we’re stagnant in progress being made.
For how to prioritize and set effective goals, see https://myfitmik.com/2018/01/01/best-self-sunday-how-to-set-goals-youll-actually-crush-in-2018/ 🙂
Once you’ve prioritized what needs to happen this week, split it into one task per day. When you can set a single, focused intention (defined as “a thing intended; an aim or plan”) per day, it is much more likely that you will complete the it than if you were to overwhelm yourself with a lengthy list. This, more often than not, leads to sub-par results, and lots of time spent meandering around the house trying to decide what to do next.
“The One Thing” by Gary Keller is an amazing book if you’re looking to get deeper into this- It encourages readers to ask, “What is the ONE THING I can do that by doing such, everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?”
2) Organize your day into time blocks.
The idea behind this is to provide yourself with a limited amount of time to complete a task, rather than simply writing out a list which will be “done when it’s done”.
Time spent convincing yourself to get to work, deciding on which aspect of a task to tackle next, and accidentally spending hours on what could have been a focused 30 minute project because of a lack in focus can all be avoided by allocating your prioritized tasks into time blocks.
In the morning, try waking up 15 minutes earlier, reviewing your priorities, and blocking out your day based on these. I use 30 minute blocks, but based on the nature of your work, you can choose any amount of time which works for you. I’ll use an alarm on my phone (with a Game of Thrones ringtone!) to let me know that a time block is ending. This helps to keep me on track and be aware of the time I’m spending on certain tasks.
3) Stop Multitasking.
When our attention is divided and pulled in multiple directions, we may feel as though we are being productive, because it seems as though a lot is happening. This is hard-wired into our culture it seems; the need to be constantly stimulated. Whether it be scrolling through our phones or opening multiple tabs, we have a knack for multitasking. However, interruptions from switching between tasks or attempting to gaining focus on what you’re doing can eat up to 2.5 HOURS of your day, researchers say!
Imagine all of the activities you could do with an extra 2.5 hours each day! Gym? Cook yourself a nice dinner? It’s up to you!
Here are some strategies to eliminate multitasking, keep an organized mind, and improve efficiency:
• Set an alarm for tasks assigned to different time blocks
• Perform tasks requiring more willpower earlier in the day
• Eliminate distractions- it’s hard, but you’ll cut your completion time in half by staying away from social media (*tosses phone across room*)
Sending you all the good vibes for a fantastically productive and FUN week! Go out into the world and love what you do,