This month, Rebelle gives us the kick up the bum we all need sometimes…
The last few weeks have been nothing short of insanity for me. A whirlwind of deadlines, events, appearances, articles and all of the work. First world problems indeed but still stressful to my little head. Now, however, I feel like I am coming out of the shit storm with a little wisdom to share. Sure, the same thing will probably happen again in a month, but right now I’m feeling knowledgeable – so let me have my moment.
1. Get out of your own way
Sometimes all you need to do is stop sabotaging yourself and get out of your own way. You might tend to look at all the external factors of why you can’t be more productive and you might blame, complain and point fingers at everyone and everything, except yourself. When you cant shift the blame externally, you might then resort to using excuses, desperately seeking justification that will give you comfort because ‘you have no control over what happens.’
Not dealing with procrastination is a clear example of standing in your own way. Nobody else is going to suddenly make it go away, it will be there the next time you attempt to do whatever it is that you are trying to do. What would you do if someone else was standing in your way? Put results before comfort, get out of your own way, and stop making excuses.
2. Talk to yourself differently
When you are in a productive headspace you think differently. You need to challenge your thoughts and develop a productive mindset. What is the main difference?
A productive person doesn’t think along the lines of ‘Oh no, I have got so much to do. What am I going to do?’
‘I am so stressed. I can’t think straight’
‘I am so overwhelmed. I wish this…or that…’
Instead they think ‘I need to do x and y. What is the best way for me to get everything done?’
‘What is causing the stress? What needs to change so that I manage this situation better?’
‘What can I do to improve this, considering the current circumstances?’
The words and phrases you use immediately empower you or they don’t; they either make you feel better or more stressed. The words you use, your ‘self talk,’ are pivotal to everything in life, because you always act on them, whether they support you or not.
3. Make it fit!
Time management supports productivity; they go hand-in-hand. Most people often overlook the fact that time management is not a cookie cutter though, and what might suit you won’t necessarily work for someone else.
You need to take the advice given (including my well-meaning article) and then adjust it to your situation specifically. Think about clothes shopping: sometimes the suit doesn’t fit and you need to make adjustments and tweaks so that it fits your body perfectly.
The same is true with time management and being more productive. You need to personalise what you read to your needs. I can wax lyrical about what works, but I don’t have a partner, or kids or a million other things. So what will work for me, won’t be any good to you if there’s a tiny human bellowing and bawling on your floor.
If some tips and techniques don’t work for you, instead of throwing in the towel, find a way to adjust them to suit your situation. It is like wanting to get healthier but resisting a change in lifestyle. You can’t avoid it, so if you don’t like it, adjust it to suit your specific needs and make it work for you.
4. Identify your time thieves
We all have time thieves, but most of us don’t even know what they are. If you can identify your biggest time thieves, the activities or situations that throw you off course, distract or interrupt you, or the bad habits that keep you from performing better, you will improve your results much more quickly. For me, it’s social media- I go on for five minutes for a brain break and suddenly I’m googling recipes or engaged in witty conversation with someone I’ve not seen in years. Not helpful! If you try to study and apply different techniques, and you ignore your current thieves, it will all be a bit pointless. If you just aim to change one of your worst time management habits, you will change your results immediately. Think about one thing, that if you changed right now, would have the biggest impact influence on your productivity. Write this down, think about what causes or contributes to this and what your solution will be moving forward.
So, stop reading this and go get something done…
Article by: Rebelle Haze
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