A client once shared this with me … let me know if you can relate?
I sat down at my computer to do some writing for a report that was due at the end of the day – lots of time I though. Then I realized my coffee mug was empty. I went to the kitchen to make myself another cup. While I was in the kitchen, I loaded some dishes into the dishwasher and wiped down the cabinets. I headed back to my home office with my fresh mug of coffee and sat down at my computer again. It was time to write. So, I checked my Facebook. Then I checked Twitter. Then I responded to a few emails. I must focus! So, I opened the two documents I needed for the project I was writing on. Then I spent some time cleaning out my Twitter followers and reading some blog posts. Finally, I saw it was time to prepare supper. It was a busy day but I am not sure what I did all day or what I meant to do but I did a lot of things today, but I still have a lot to do.
Day after day, we often find ourselves overwhelmed, overworked, and not in control of our time. So we use "busyness" as a badge of honor. But the question is not are we “busy” (who isn’t), the question actually is – are we productive.
What is productivity ?
Creating good habits and untangling bad habits
so you can achieve your outcome.
However, a real danger is that often our Habits can become Handcuffs – they are what can keep us where we are, and from where we want to be.
Yet here are two more truths:
Everything worth doing has some sweat and hardwork involved!
Everything worth reaching for is uphill with some kind of struggle.
So our habits are designed to take us Up Hill. But the question is do some of our habits in fact take us downhill?
Despite the ambition, commitment (and good intentions) we can find ourselves stuck in a rut and unable to move forward in achieving our goals. Often, the reason for this is that our habits are not in alignment with our goals.
Are your habits taking you uphill or downhill? Not sure what I am talking about? Well take a listen to these episodes from our You Can Make It So Podcast
Preparation, engagement, understanding, knowledge, and planning are essential to success. I know, it’s obvious. But if these were easily incorporated into our habits, everyone would do them… So.... newsflash: Everything doesn’t matter equally. Setting priorities is essential.
There are a lot of distractions in life and if we don’t have a system in place we can follow to filter that which is demanding our attention, that we can rely on as a framework, then we’re going to be, like my client in the opening story use to be - "busy" and not "productive".
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