Being overwhelmed can rob your time, energy and productivity! A colleague of mine is a Success Coach, entrpreneur and busy mom of 4. I was reading her blog recently and she was talking about how she loves to make lists and cross things off. I like lists too, but for some people they can be very overwhelming if you don’t get everything done. I know I have experienced times of feeling overwhelmed by the many things I had to do and not enough time nor energy. Have you been there? As a mom of 3 active children, a wife, entrepreneur , speaker, and creative thinker , my days are always full. If I am not careful, I can be busy but not productive. I’m sure you know what I mean!
On her blog (www.moxieme.com), Kimber said, “Being busy does not always mean real work”. She then quoted the famous inventor, Thomas A. Edison, as saying, “The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
All I have do to at the end of my day is look at my list, listen to my heart to know whether or not I have been busy or productive. I learned a strategy from a fellow Canadian speaker, Darrin Jacklin, called the “Daily Productivity Tracking”. This allows me to see all my projects, emails, phone calls and priority items all in one place. Part of the system involves doing the top 10 priority items before 10 am. I know – this is not always possible for some people. I used to spend the first 3 hours of my day getting kids up, ready and off to school. As they grow I only have to spend less time in the morning.
So I have adapted it to be the top 7 before 12. The first 3 priorities are completed before 9 am which leaves me 3 hours to finish the rest. For you, it may look differently, like your top 6 before 2pm. I am passionate about becoming more productive, and less busy, and helping other women to do the same. There are only so many hours in the day, so many days on the earth- let’s maximize our time by doing the things that are most important first. The other items on the list can get done if you have time left over, or go to the next day, or delegate to someone. In the process you will discover that many things that seemed important in the past, no longer fit into your life or the life you are building. Some of those things can also be delegated or maybe even “dumped – (Now that’s a new thought for some people).
Learning to say “no” will become easier and guess what——- YOU WILL LOVE the freedom and fulfillment it produces!! One of my passions is helping women identify their strengths and areas of challenge and then helping them examine where they can operate more from their areas of greatest strengths. This exercise alone will help you gain a greater sense of clarity, focus and productivity. Email me if you want to find out how you can take schedule a Strength Assessment Coaching session.
REAL U Challenge: The night before, make a list of your top priority items for the next day . Then add other things below them on the list. Implement a plan of action to track your productivity – like top 10 items done before 10 am. Whatever works best for your life.
REAL U Journalling Assignment: Journal this week about how it went. Did you feel more productive? Did you gain more clarity around what are the most important things you need to do first everyday? Did you find yourself having to re-structure your days based on what you discovered?