Busy doesn’t always = productive
Our schedules are filled to the brim. As we start one project we are getting calls about one we thought we already completed, thinking about how we are gonna tackle the one in queue, and problem solving ways to handle a situation that may arise in the coming week. Our minds move nonstop and so do our bodies. Busy, busy, busy but are we productive?
There is nothing wrong with taking on projects and having a full schedule, nothing at all. But:
Ahhh something is missing here. And one of those somethings is your ability to remain present. I’m convinced staying present with what is happening in your right now boosts productivity like 510%. (I made those figures up, we know I don’t do math).
I’m overly tired of being busy with nothing getting done. And for the tasks that are being completed, I‘m tired of them not getting 100% of me. So, I’m going to share 4 tips I had to tell myself this week to get back to the right here right now *side note have you read that blog? Read it here.
1. Slow down
Does it always feel like you’re rushing? Like, no matter what you’re doing you rush through so you can get to the next task on your to do list? Stop that! Slow down! Your present deserves 100% of your attention. What is happening in front of you? Who are the random individuals walking by? Should this task even be on your list? We miss out on so much because we live in the next moment instead of the present. Oh, and lift your head up out of your phone! I promise you your timeline and notifications will be there when you are done.
2. Be flexible
While some of us may have really good days and get everything we planned for the day done, this doesn’t happen
all the time. Be okay with that. When you are present focused something happens, you are better able to tend to the needs of yourself, others, and your projects. You’ll get a sense of what you need to give more time to and things you should scrap altogether. If you feel led to switch it up, even if something won’t get crossed off your list, then switch it up.
3. Ask God
Technically, we should be praying for God to lead us and help us prioritize (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we pray these prayers it shouldn’t be done just because it sounds good. If we allow God to schedule our plans then it will decrease our likelihood of burnout, keep us from going where we shouldn’t, and dealing with people that we don’t need to. Everything would be and should be done with purpose. God shows us how to do that. It’s okay to say a quick prayer, “Lord guide my footsteps today so that I am productive in you” and then let him. Just don’t be frustrated when your whole schedule switches up or you only do 2 things out of your scheduled 9.
4. Boss up
If something needs to be done, I don’t care if it’s boring, scary, difficult or whatever else, boss up and just get it done. Wasting time with meaningless activities isn’t going to move you forward. Make it happen and I’m sure you’ll release a burden!
Let’s focus on productivity this week! Even if that means you have one item on your schedule the next 7 days. If that’s what deserves your attention to take you, your business, your family, your life higher, then that’s what you focus on. Everything else will be there when you’re finished. It’s not the number of things on your schedule that qualify your ‘busy’ status so guess what? When someone or something works to pull you away from whatever you’re doing, it’s perfectly ok to say, “I can’t right now, I’m busy”.
Be fully engaged in your now and have a productive week!
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