Do you ever hate wasting time? Or are always highly selective on how you spend your time and who you give it away to?
That used to be me.
I used to be one of those people who thrived off of being productive and time conscious. But something happened over the last 6 months and I couldn’t put my finger on it exactly but it didn’t matter as much. Way too often I found myself picking daisies and social surfing. So not me but I was doing it.
I think I got bit by the Productivity Bug and lost my way. So it has not been quite the same. But I have a renewed sense of urgency and spirit for 2019 and I am determined to get my productivity back. So instead of waiting for 2019 (as so many of us do by just simply putting it off), I decided to take action right now.
When is the best time to plant a tree? Right now!
How am I turning that around? By putting a few new practices in place:
- Mapping out a nightly schedule for the most important things I need to get done the next day
- Creating a list of routine daily tasks and being consistent with them
- Commit to managing my distractions and not letting them manage me
- Stop making and holding myself accountable to self-imposed rules that don’t serve me.
Now the last one was very important for me. I had a really tough time of imposing silly rules on myself that did not make sense. For example, I had to do my devotion/meditation first thing in the morning even if sometimes I just could not. It would drive me nuts, it would throw off my entire day. It would be buzzing in the back of my head like a bee and cause so much distraction. When I threw that rule out the door, it felt so freeing and I realized how silly that was. Now I just do it when it feels right for me.
That is one of the tips Dr. Alice Boyes Ph.D. shares in 5 Productivity Tips for Ordinary People. She says
“These are self-generated assumptions about what we must or should do, that we just blindly follow. …..When you’ve created a rule for yourself you can choose to just drop it. When you abandon very minor self-generated rules, like the garlic example, it’s a stepping stone to recognizing that you can abandon any rule that you’ve created. Especially if your temperament leans towards being a conscientious perfectionist, you’re likely to have all sorts of personal rules for how you do things, that in reality, might not make any sense.”
Now that was money in the bank for me.
I am still working on being consistent with my plans for better productivity this coming year and I am a work in progress.
What productivity tips do you have to share that have been life-changing for you?