At the end of a long day of work, running errands and working on one of my passion projects, I found myself extremely taxed. As the shower ran over my back, I started to question just how much I actually accomplished.
Having had put in all those hours on and off the road, checking off my to-do list, was I really any closer to accomplishing my entrepreneurial goals?
Like elastics, we humans can stretch. We expand, and expand, and expand. It’s part of what makes us a versatile and magnificent species. However, like elastics, we snap!
That’s why shaping what progress looks like to you helps tremendously in your ability to take charge of your productivity. Use benchmarks along the way as a compass to map the trajectory to success you want to follow. Don’t forget your ‘WHY’ – it’s so important.
Other things include:
Accept imperfections – Trust me, it will NEVER be PERFECT. Striving for it will only cause you a world of misery, frustration, and exhaustion.
“If it’s good, it’s gold. Reaching for perfection will kill even the best laid plans.”
Celebrate small and big victories
The little things matter just as much as the big moments. Completing an item you’ve set out to accomplish in a specified timeframe deserves a little victory dance at the very least.
Take stock of what’s not working
What methods or habits are you practicing that can be improved on or dismissed all together?
Prioritize your To-Do-List (and update whenever necessary)
What would make you so happy at the end of the day or week to have had made happen? Ask yourself. Tap into your genuine feelings about a particular project or goal and sus out 3 things you need to and realistically can get done if you zoomed in with massive focus and discipline.
Smaller yet essential must-do’s such as going grocery shopping, tidying up your apartment, calling your mom, and walking your dog also take up much of your time. Whenever and wherever possible, group errands by convenience to quickly and easily scratch them off your list.
Remind yourself of your amazingness
I know it. Your friends know it. Do you? Write down a few sentences on paper on what makes you uniquely you. Try these guidelines: “I’m a boss babe, because…” “If I could award myself the title of coolness queen, it’d be because…” “My [best friend, partner, sister or other bestie] admire me for…”
Get restful sleep
Sure, 8 hours would be great; ideal in fact. But here, quality edges out quantity. A rested body + MIND are vital.
Ask for help
This one is for all us DIY-ers. We think we’re so slick with our “I can do that myself” attitude. Yes, you can. But it doesn’t mean you should. If you have the option and resources to ask for help by outsourcing for example, do it. Stop wasting your time trying to “figure it out” because you want to save a dollar or be in control every step of the way.
Super curious to know what you think of these pointers. Leave a comment below.
Which items do you think will most help in getting you closer to accomplishing your goals?
Energy drainers. What day-to-day activities do you spend the most time on? (sending and replying to emails, sleeping, watching TV, playing computer games, hanging out at Starbucks, team meetings?)
If you could outsource an activity for your project or other task, what would it be and why?
Your time is precious and how you spend it matters big time (totally intentional). The phrase “Spend it wisely” definitely applies. It’s more than okay to stop, adjust, and get back on the road.
Much, much love,