Don't lie to yourself by saying "I don't have time."
If you're trying to develop a skill, you can't give the excuse that you don't have time. It just means that it isn't a priority for you right now.
Let’s say your phone rings right now and your kid is sick at school. Do you say “I have no time to come pick him up”?
Of course not! You make the time by moving things around in your day. Some meetings might get canceled. Maybe you let some things fall off your list. If you’re out of town, you find someone that will go get your sick kiddo and bring him home to rest.
I call bullshit on the excuse that you don’t have enough time.
We can all squeeze time when given a budget.
The reality is it’s not a priority. If you don't make time for the things that are important in your life, they will start withering away. That’s a whole different strategy.
“I don’t have time,” can also mean that I’m not ready. The lack of time is simply a reflection of fear.
Try to explore where those fears are coming from. Want to take another step? Challenge that fear. You can do this by journaling, visualizing success or even reaching out to a therapist.
Once you throw away the “no time” excuse and embrace the coaching approach, here’s what you may discover…
Perspective from the outside is powerful. Remember when you were trying to perfect your backhand in tennis? You would practice over and over, but it wasn’t until your coach changed your grip did you nail it.
Your personal productivity is no different. Each week, you fall behind. Your life isn't going the way you want it to, but you don't know how you can change it.
Like your tennis coach guided you through the back swing, a productivity coach can look at your productivity pain points. Breaking down your actions each day/week/month and then building them back up. STRONGER this time.
She can tweak how you layout your day. A tiny change, like throwing in a load of laundry before the kids get out of bed can make the difference to free up time to relax on the weekends.
Develop your inner voice. By working with a productivity coach, you can identify when your head is sending you the wrong messages. Mind and body seem to tell you that you don't have time to decompress! Try repeating to yourself, "I am in control of my life."
Identifying your obstacles. I started running back in college for exercise. I enjoyed being outside and my runs brought mental clarity I couldn’t find anywhere else. I’m petite so my gait is short but I could run and run without stopping so I felt endurance was on my side.
A few years ago I trained for my first half marathon. I dug into a training program and learned how to improve my foot-strike (how my foot hits the ground). I had never heard the word foot-strike before and now a few tweaks have improved my times.
The same theory applies to your productivity. You’re so entrenched in your every day that you can’t see the slight changes that will stop you from spinning in circles.
“Accountability breeds response-ability” Steven Covey That commitment to research summer camps you made to your bestie last week... of course you followed through. You had a million other things to do yesterday, but that one thing got checked off the list because you promised Kim. And you LOVE Kim. You would never let her down.
That’s accountability in action right there.
Working with a coach will harness this same power. Just the idea that you made a promise to someone is enough to get you to follow through.
Better decision making Have you ever hopped in the car running so late that you didn’t have enough time to plug the address into Waze? You just start driving because you can’t spare those 2 minutes in your driveway to dial in your destination. Then, you’re at a light with enough time to get it done and realize you’ve made a few wrong turns. Now, you’re for sure going to be late.
A productivity coach will help dial in your GPS. She will work with you to clarify your goals so you don’t waste time drifting through life. Time is too precious to waste making a bunch of wrong turns before reaching those goals.
Think through all the scenarios. When faced with a difficult choice or big decision, a coach can help you think through all the scenarios of something. It’s hard to see through the haze when you are looking from the inside out. OR, maybe you’ve hit a plateau and it’s time to call in some outside help to take it to that next level.
Let’s get you dialed in to live your best life. Time to ditch the excuses and reap the rewards of productivity coaching. Grab a spot on my calendar and we’ll get to work.
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