Managing your to-do list should never take more time than checking those boxes.
This is the wasteland of productivity. I have waded through it too.
We all want a system that’s effortless. Something that supports the way our brains work rather than drag down our productivity.
The ideal is to find a system that works with you and then make productivity improvements.
Remember when you tested a hypothesis in junior high school science class? Memories of the egg drop experiment are rushing to me. You designed a vessel to protect an egg when dropped and then tweaked it until it worked.
Let’s use the same approach with your productivity. Test these changes and see what works for you:
Can you believe about 28 percent of the workweek is managing e-mail? That’s over a quarter of your time spent on someone else’s priorities. Some reasons we spend so much time on email...
Gripping tightly to my mom’s shoulders, I hobbled from the car to my daughter’s first-grade classroom. I had just celebrated my 40th birthday, but no doubt I moved like a 90-year-old
I was using my mom as a makeshift walker.
Looking back on it now, I have no clue how I maneuvered my broken body into a tiny wooden first-grade desk. After the Back to School presentation wrapped up, one of the other moms put her arm around me to ask what was wrong.
“I’ve got scoliosis,” I sighed, “and this just happens every once in a while.”
She offered to come to my house and rub magic oil on to relax my spasming muscles. Kinda creepy but desperate for any relief, I agreed.
The oil didn’t save me.
Had I reached a new low in my desperation to stop the back pain?
After I regained the ability to stand upright, my mission was to sit less.
This phrase caught on like...
Getting up before the sun never gets easy. Honestly, most days, I want to roll over and go back to sleep.
Here’s why you need to fight the urge to hit snooze.
Before sunrise is my time to connect with myself. To work on the person I want to be. Reflect on the directions my life has taken and rejoice in those moments or learn from those failures.
I unpack what’s on my mind. First, by silencing it through meditation and then by journaling.
It’s the perfect time to build a habit. Say you want to work on drinking more water, make it the first thing you do each morning. It doesn’t have to happen at 5 am. Just guzzle down as much water as soon as you hop out of bed.
Willpower is stronger in the morning.
Remember the last time you had friends over for dinner and you bought a dessert for the kids? You bought those extra chocolatey...
Last year burnout was classified as an official medical diagnosis. No doubt that 2020 confirmed this decision.
Not surprising, but still alarming.
I’m no doctor, but the logical treatment for burnout is the often overused term self-care.
I’m not talking about an extravagant spa retreat. That’s amazing if you can make it happen. But you need something that can fit into your everyday. A moment to notice the fall leaves on the tree out front. Time to silence all of your devices.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had stayed out late the night before. Too much tequila made me next-level tired. Somehow, I still held my promise because my daughter means the world to me.
Thinking back on it a few days later, it was priceless bonding time with my girl. We toured the murals of downtown Roseville (my childhood hometown), and I indulged her love of snapping IG pics with interesting backgrounds.
I spend lots of time in my head questioning myself in the moment. I took a second to celebrate my good decision.
Do you ever take time to reflect?
You probably wonder... WHY? When time is a precious commodity, sitting with our thoughts seems to be a waste. Or maybe a luxury you can’t afford.
Let me explain to you why it’s worth it.
Research of call center employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect. Another study of UK commuters found a similar result. ...
“The Buck Stops Here” was a wooden desk sign that sat on Harry Truman’s desk. He would refer to it in speeches. A visual cue that he made the final decision and held himself accountable.
Now when I walk the aisles of HomeGoods, the desk signs read, Boss Babe, Goal Digger, or Lady BOSS.
Not the same level of accountability.
I love your feminine spirit, Lady BOSS, but one thing you can’t delegate is accountability.
Simply stated, accountability means doing what you say you will do. You can ask someone else to write the content for your next product launch, but when you are the Boss Babe, you still own the responsibility for getting it done.
Accountability is hard to find when you work from home either by choice or circumstance (thanks Corona).
It’s still worth seeking if there’s a project you want to get done. Being accountable to someone stokes the fire of motivation because your actions are being...
Last night I laid in bed pretending to sleep for hours. I knew I wouldn’t sleep and probably should have taken a sleeping pill. Those pills I save for special occasions like last night when I know my mind won’t shut down.
Today is our school district’s deadline to decide if we want to enroll our kids in virtual academy for the first trimester. (Since I wrote this just last week, this option has disappeared. Every day the only constant seems to be change.)
Unclear seems to be the theme of Back to School 2020. Let’s cut through this fog together. Most of us have been through some version of remote learning last Spring.
I challenge you to stay productive. Starting next Monday, August 3rd I will post daily back to school productivity tips. Join me and share how you are working around the obstacles and still soldering forward to make progress on your dreams.
Guess what?! We’ve got enough anxiety in our lives so...
How often have you wished for more time? Time to watch the waves crash on the beach with your family, time to finish the project before the deadline, or time to work on your passions.
There was a calendar proposed in the early 1900s that gave us 13 months. No joke! The Kodak Company used it until the late 80s.
I can’t wave the magic wand and create time, but I can share the wonder of moving to a digital calendar. Right now you’re about to click away because you’re already using that calendar on your phone. But are you getting the most out of it?
Color-coded categories allow you to assign different calendars to the unique roles you play in life. Purple for mom, green for self, and yellow for business. Plus, it adds some pops of color.
Every other Thursday at 4 pm, my son has to get allergy shots. I only had to put this into my calendar one time and tick the little...
Somehow you drug yourself out of bed at 5 am to capture those golden hours of the morning while the house is quiet. Determined to make progress on your top priorities, you take a seat at your desk.
Then you sit. Staring at a blinking cursor, and your mind replays the events of last weekend. Why did you discuss conspiracy theories with your friends at the BBQ? “Now they all think I’m a nut job. I need to call and apologize,” you say to yourself.
STOP! You’ve just spent ten minutes reliving last Saturday and you’ve made zero progress on the content calendar that’s due tomorrow. You did not get up before the sun for this.
You need to keep focus, but how?
Let’s look at some tactics to get you into that blissful flow state.
I’ll go first and admit I’ve eaten lunch at my desk more often than not during workdays. In the name of productivity,...
“Mommy, what are we doing today”
“Why do we have to go?”
“Who else will be there?”
“How long are we going to stay?”
I thought this Spanish Inquisition style questioning would end after the toddler years. NOPE, this was a conversation with my teenager.
Each day I work through a to-do list, with little thought to WHY. I love the thrill of checking tiny boxes. This interrogation seemed like a waste of time until I discovered my daughter is a Prioritizer. That means she needs to gather data on what she has to do so she can focus on the most important thing.
This “AHA moment” was thanks to this assessment that helps you find your personal productivity style. Go ahead, take it. Who doesn’t love personality tests?
Did you take the test? What’s your style? Prioritizer/Planner/Arranger/Visualizer
We take for granted that each of us has...