Have you ever sat down at your computer with a thousand things to do but just scrolled through social media instead of doing what’s needed?
We all know this scenario far too well. It’s no secret that with all the distractions of technology and constant social media we have become less and less productive and more easily distracted.
But for game changers, like you and I, and people that have important work to do in the world, this reality is just not acceptable. Being in a state of productivity and focus is a key ingredient for success, especially in your career. Having a system for getting important things done is highly essential to both keeping your word (in other words completing what you start) AND being in control of your precious creative energy.
Productivity is the name of the game
Thriving in your career is closely linked to your level of productivity and focus. Think about someone you know that is super productive and on fire when it comes to getting things done. That person probably has created a system for cranking out what’s most important and saving less important tasks – like tweeting and looking up puppy photos – for later in the day.
What’s happening here is simple and easy to implement. There are three things you can start doing that will double your productivity and feel even more creative, focused and on target.
Focus on your most important tasks first
Channeling your focus and creative energy first thing in the morning is an essential piece of productivity. Instead of beginning your day with completing small and less meaningful tasks, focus your attention on an area of importance – something that will give you peace of mind to check of your list. If you start with smaller tasks, you end up leaving the mega-important to-do’s until the end of the day, when your creative energy and flow may already be running low. This shift sets you up for success and could potentially double your productivity throughout the day.
Create a Love To Do List
Instead of creating a to do list, make yourself a love to do list. It may seem like a very small shift but the difference for me has been astronomical. Instead of writing all my tasks on a post-it note (often feeling overwhelmed), I began to create a beautiful love to do list, where I wrote down things I would love to complete during the day. The energy shift made a huge difference for me, as I no longer was feeling overwhelmed by what was on my plate, but instead I was feeling a sense of joy and gratitude for the things I get to do. BIG DIFFERENCE. In my experience, the to do list represented an energy of busyness and the love to do list represents a sense of gratitude and appreciation. When making your love to do list be sure to find a beautiful colored pen to write with and infuse your thankfulness into the process. It’s not just about getting things done… it’s about enjoying the process and feeling connected to the deeper why of what you’re doing.
Find the purpose of the task
Often times we so busy that it’s easy to forget the purpose and the big WHY behind what we are doing. Finding the purpose and why behind the task you’re focused on is an essential piece of productivity that’s often pushed aside. Think for a moment about your love to do list and start to notice a purpose behind each task. You may notice that going grocery shopping is really more about fueling your body (and your family) with the most healthy foods, so you can thrive and feel incredible. You may also start to realize that going to the gym is more about carving out time to nurture and strengthen your body, so you can bring your energy to your work and relationships. Are you starting to see and feel the difference? When you zoom in on the purpose of your tasks, you will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for why it’s important, which leads to way more productivity and a sense of excitement to go for it.
Using this productivity approach opens up a whole new world of understanding why assigning your attention and energy to the task is worthwhile, meaningful and an experience to get excited about.