One of the things we struggle with is productivity. We’re good at getting distracted, find other things that need our attention, and are often overbooking our schedules. I get it-we want to keep everyone happy, take advantage of all the great opportunities for ourselves and our kids and fully experience life. However, as scattered and distracted as we are it’s seriously hurting our quality of life, not to mention the stuff that we actually end up accomplishing at the end of the day, and how we feel about what we accomplish. Sometimes we’re so over-committed we’re not only overbooked, we’re not getting the important stuff done, and sometimes we’re not getting anything done at all.
The first step is to realize that you’ve got an issue and decide to get help, and maybe it’s as simple as admitting it to a trusted colleague or your partner. But most people need to reach out to a strategist or organizer to help them restructure their life and make tough decisions.
Once that first step has happened the next thing that needs to happen is prioritizing. What is truly a priority? What are you pretending is a priority? What are you ignoring? Who are you letting down? These are some very difficult questions to face and answer, but they’re necessary.
After you’ve decided what’s important, it’s time to start making changes in your life and scheduling in the things that are truly priorities and putting to the side things that aren’t. These changes won’t happen over night but do take time.
Finally, now that you’re more productive and prioritizing what’s actually important, there’s one more step: learning to say no. One of the reasons you got into the mess in the first place is because you were filling your life with things that were and weren’t good for you. Learning how to say and mean no in your life is one of the biggest keys to truly having a life you love, and a life that’s productive as well.