PProcrastination is an unfortunate part of life… The opposite of procrastination is productivity, but avoiding distractions and being productive can often times feel like catching an elusive butterfly.
There have been many times in my life that I wasn’t just procrastinating, I was just pure lazy. Even though in the back of my mind I knew I could never really live the life I wanted to live if I didn’t hop to it. I haven’t mastered being 100% percent productive 100% of the time, but here is what I do know.
Productivity is one of those things that you have to do your way.
People have written books about only working four hours a day, getting up at before the sun, yadda, yadda, yadda. These tips have been proven to work for some, they just didn’t work for me. The more I tried to be like them, the less time I spent on learning what made ME productive. Finally after living at Barnes and Noble and spending money that could have been better allocated I said forget this. I was tired of being depressed because I felt I didn’t measure up to these books productivity standards? I took a look at my life and figured out how much time I had to dedicate each day to my master plan without being a walking drone and how I was going to use that time. Here’s what I learned:
Find a time that works best for you: I physically cannot get up before a certain time: I use to say you are a looser, you just don’t want it bad enough.. nahhhh I don’t know about your body, but my body just does not work before 6:00 am Point. Blank. Period. So I don’t. I work better in the evenings and I am way more productive!
Have realistic expectations: I am a wife and a mother of two. I am unapologetic about making time for my family. I know realistically I need to spend time with them, be a chauffeur, make dinner, and be rested for my day job. I am not a single twenty something with no real responsibilities, and I don’t have all day to pursue my dreams; so I don’t expect those types of results when the rubber meets the road. It’s a marathon not a sprint people!
Maximize your time. I don’t have a lot of time, but I sure as hell maximize it. I work very well in short burst of up to like 3 hours. I take a break and hop back to it. I do this about 2 -3 times a day. If you work better for long periods of time go for it!
Office Shmoffice: I have one I don’t use it. I work better when I have things going on around me and I can multi task. I feel like I have to focus more because of the noise, and it makes me super productive. Crazy I know, but it works.
Use what’s in your tool box? Being tech savvy is all cool and stuff, but I get my best results with good ole’ paper and pencil. If I put info on my iPad or dates to remember in my phone I forget about them. I always have a notepad handy with my notes and to-do list for the day. I’m literally obsessed with drawing a line through my finished tasks!
Once you figure out what works for you being productive won’t be easy, but it will be less challenging.
Like with all things in life you have to make your own path.