I know you hear me talk about going after your goals and dreams, taking time to have vision, taking time to meal plan, exercise… the list could go on and on. But, I know many of you think, girl that sounds nice but, I can’t even handle my day to day now. I know you don’t think I understand how busy your life is. I mean all I do is work on vision and goals and hang at the beach all day, right? Wrong. My life is crazy busy too. I have kids, a messy hubby, pets, housework, I work from home, home school, do mission work… again, the list could go on and on. So being busy is no excuse for not reaching your dreams. I’m going to say that again, just in case someone in the back of the room didn’t hear it. Being busy is no excuse for not reaching your dreams.
You have got to decide if you want to reach your dreams bad enough to take control of your life. It’s time to decide if you are going to continue to react to things that happen everyday or if you are going to respond. Those two little “R” words can make a huge difference in your life. Let’s look at each word. Think of REACT like a chemical reaction. It’s quick, volatile or explosive, and typically messy. Now think of the word RESPOND. A response is slower, planned or thought out, and calculated. Both are a choice. Do we need to repeat that one? Both are a choice. So how do you handle situations throughout the day, by reacting or responding?
Today I’m going to bring your attention to 5 bad habits that are killing your productivity. This is your first step toward responding to life, instead of just reacting to it. I like to call bad habits Flame Dampers, because they can definitely keep you from living an ON FIRE LIFE.
We all know that our phones can easily turn into a black hole sucking away our time. You see a notification pop-up, you go to check it, and next thing you know you’ve been on Instagram for an hour. Who can relate? Did you know that most highly successful people don’t even pick-up their phones until after they have done an intentional morning routine? It’s time we start getting intentional about our use of technology. Here’s how we are going to start. Don’t pick-up your phone for at least 30 minutes after you wake up. You don’t want your mood for the day influenced by what you see on the news feed or social media. Take that first 30 minutes of the day to think about your vision or goals, meditate, pray, or write in a gratitude journal. These will all motivate you, put you in a good mood, and set you towards being productive. Throughout the day keep your phone out of your reach so that you have to think about it before picking it up. Now, I know we all like to look at social media and that’s ok if we are intentional about it. Plan when you are going to look at it on the phone or computer. Give yourself a time limit and set the timer. When your time is up, turn it off, and go be productive.
2. NOT PLANNING AHEAD
I know you can’t plan for everything but, you can plan for a lot. You don’t have to be blind sided by events, bills, and more. That is a choice. It takes a little time, planning, and discipline to plan ahead. Pull out the kids calendars, your appointments, upcoming birthdays, due dates of upcoming bills, anything you can think of and put it on a master calendar. Then each day take time to look over your calendar. Also be sure to add any new events or bills to your calendar. Planning for what you can will not only save your sanity but, also help you to be more productive.
You have got to let go of perfectionism. This is one I really struggled with. I can clean house or organize for hours. But, I have learned perfectionism can be a black hole that sucks time. My biggest tip here is to allow yourself a certain amount of time for each task you have to do throughout the day. Then start a timer when you start the task. When the time is up, move on to your next task whether you are finished or not. Not only does it keep you from getting stuck on a task but, I notice I get more done because I’m working against the timer. I use to spend 4 to 5 hours cleaning house once a week. Now, I can have my entire home spic and span in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Since I’m working against the timer I’m typically drenched with sweat when I’m done cleaning but, now I can count it as a workout too! I promise, setting a time limit and using a timer are the best tools to get over perfectionism.
Everywhere you hear to multitask to be more productive. Bologna! Multitasking leads to getting distracted and having a bunch of half-assed jobs done. Did you know that your brain having to switch back and forth between tasks can make you up to 40% slower? If you really want to be productive focus. Focus on one task. Do it efficiently and well. Then move on to the next task.
5. LETTING CLUTTER WEIGH YOU DOWN
You might not think clutter is weighing you down but, it is actually causing you stress everyday. Not to mention the fact that dealing with clutter can slow you down because you waste time searching for things. This can leave you feeling frazzled and chaotic.
Do like Marie Kondo says and if it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. If in the last 6 months you haven’t worn it, used it, or repaired it, it’s clutter. Clear out the clutter so that you can organize what you have. Give everything a home and be diligent about returning things to their home when you are done with them. Each day take time to gather things out of place and put them up. Get the whole family on board.
These are just 5 tips you can start today to take back control of your life and kick-start your productivity. Over then next several weeks I will show you the specific tools and tricks I use to stay productive. I’ll be showing you my planner, control journal, how I handle meal planning, organize my bills and budget, how I organize our home school, and even how I organize the car. Be sure and stay tuned if you want to be super productive so you can chase those dreams!