What does time management and productivity have to do with each other? The more organized you are the more your improve your productivity. Every day you are working on a balancing act.
Being organized is a time saver. It is just that sometimes it is easier to be a scatter brain. So where do you start.
Write Things Down
Having a to-do list is usually what comes to mind when you hear the words “write things down”. This is a vital part of keeping track of your tasks, but what about all those odd thoughts just come across your awareness and then puff they are gone?
Find the most efficient way for you to keep track of them.
- Put your daily tasks in a schedule
- Write down or speak those fleeting ideas for future access. Writing the ideas down on pieces of paper is probably the least efficient way as it is hard to keep track of them all. Carrying a small pocket book or notepad is better.
Getting Up Earlier
I have trouble with this one. I just seem to need my extra bit of sleep each night. It is just the way it works for me. Hubby always gets up at least 1 to 1.5 hours earlier, he just wakes up and that’s it. My whole life I just have needed more sleep. Even my mother complained to the doctor that as a baby I usually missed a feeding because I would sleep through it. The doctor told her that I probably needed the sleep more than the food.
So you can see this is an individual matter. Experiment with different wake up times and find the best one for you. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Arrange your work times around your most efficient times and don’t be persuaded by others to follow their rules.
Stop Your Overthinking
Together with time management comes the strong urge to be in total control. As much as you try, it just isn’t always possible and overthinking every task and action can actually backfire.
Sometimes it is best to make a decision and then just go with the flow and not micromanage. That does not mean to not pay attention if you are going off track, but also not double guess everything you do.
If you find this difficult, consider working with a coach who can bring out the best in you.
Having someone who holds you accountable add immensely to your productivity. Find an accountability partner like a friend, colleague or coach.
If you know you will have to be accountable to someone, you are less likely to goof off. Achieving what you have set out to do is rewarding in itself.
Being accountable in a public way is another way to stick with it. Have you every considered using social media for this. Writing about it on Facebook, or telling your newsletter readers will keep you honest and on top of it you will realize that you are not the only one in this predicament and will get support in unexpected ways.
Your Perfect Day
Can you imagine your perfect day when everything just goes as planned? Everything goes write and you have made a major leap forward to reaching your goal. You don’t come across a day like this very often.
Keep on imagining that perfect day and when you have one of those haywire days where everything in scrambled and frustratingly messed up. Take a deep breath, let it go and start fresh. There is nothing you can do about what just happened and how it derailed you, but you can just wipe the slate clean and start fresh with that vision of your perfect day and make the next part of your day follow that vision.
Remember that you are the CEO of your life and in charge.
Try any of these tips for a week and then evaluate the results and make minor tweaks until your productivity soars.
Please leave a comment below and tell me how you deal with this balancing act.