You’re busy, that is inevitable. In this time of your life you will always have something going on. Even your down time is important as you already know. You need to recharge so you can perform at your best the next day or at least not feel like you’re dragging yourself just to get through the day. Most people won’t tell you this but you do deserve a break and you do deserve rewards for your hard work at the end of the day. The challenge is ”How can you make your cake and eat it too?”.
It is possible when we have the energy and the time. Many have done it and so can you. Ask the right question and you will get the right answer. Most of the time you feel like you haven’t done anything even though you did a lot. Are we right? But maybe you’re just piling on work after work after work and expecting everything to be done. Maybe you just don’t know what you need to get done so even if you have done it you will not be aware. It could be that you are actually overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to get done so freeze and prolong the work that you need to do because it is too painful? It could be all of these reasons. We know, we have been there and you know what? It is simpler than you think. You are probably seeking some sort of magic routine or a quote that will trigger your motivation to get things done. We here to tell that it is a matter or perspective and habits. Your habits will dictate what you get done In this life. Motivation is great is a short term fix and you have many years left on this planet so let’s get fixated on long term results. The solution are your habits. If you can recreate the same actions daily then you can get to the destination much quicker than being productive one day then stop for the next 10 days right? So let’s get you adapting the top habits that you can start out with to build some motion towards your goals.
1. Write out the top 3 things that need to be done
Have a target and by knowing your top 3 priorities for the next day will give you a sense of direction. Knowing your targets will save you so much time and headache. Also by knowing them the night before you actually give yourself the piece of mind. It is like having another brain that can remember it for you. Make sure to write it down either on a calendar or on your agenda notebook. Make these 3 things the priority and get them done as soon as possible. The longer you wait the bigger that pain monster gets in your mind that drains your energy.
2. Commit to 5 minutes of taking action which will lead to more
The cure to procrastination is action. The faster we get moving into action the sooner we will get our tasks done. I know, it is easier said than done so that is why you start with 5 minutes. Anyone can do 5 mins. The trick to this is that you must get as much as you can done in 5 mins. This will create momentum and will keep you going even after 5 mins. If you push off your tasks later and later it will linger in you mind and will drag your energy to the ground. You know what I am talking about. In the past you have done it or maybe doing it right now. By procrastinating you think you are putting away the pain but you are just delaying it. Take action right away it is the only cure.
3. Set boundaries/ it's okay to say no
It is okay to say no. There are many things that will take your time, family, friends, social media and more but you have stop and think about it. You naturally want to help others that is just in your nature so you automatically say yes to most favours that are asked of you. Here is a solution, the next time someone asks you for a favour instead of saying yes right away you can say these.. Let me check my schedule to see if I can fit it in…
I will get to it as soon as I have finished what I am doing…
I can definitely do that if I have time after I finish my work…
There are many ways to say “no” without saying no. If can learn how to communicate that your time is valuable without offending people then you will be well on your way to controlling your time.