Well Hi Hello Fitfam! Hope you’re doing fantastic and taking the time to take care of yourself – mind, body and soul. I am loving life lately. I created a yoga space in my….ehem….dining room, that I can’t wait to share with you. It even includes a chalkboard accent wall. I’ve been increasing my strength – physically and mentally. I’ve been adding more superfoods into my diet (cacao, chia, hemp seeds, turmeric and kale to name my faves), and it’s all paying off with more energy, motivation, positivity and self-confidence, and oh yeah, a more toned bod. #perks. I tell ya, September is refreshing. Aside from January, I think it’s the best month for fresh starts.
No doubt, you have some wicked awesome visions for your life in the next few months, and if not, that’s okay. Start dreaming of what would make your life even better by Christmas, narrow it down, and commit. Now, let’s talk strategy for gittin’ stuff did.
For the past year, I’ve listened to an average of 1-2 hours a day of podcasts or educational YouTube videos regarding self-development, with topics ranging from time-management, entrepreneurship/business building, productivity, mindset, goal-setting etc. WOW. I just started adding music back into my daily listening. I take learning very seriously, because I am committed to becoming a person who can help others lead their most joyful lives. I have notebooks full of guidance from experts like Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Jim Rohn, Steven Covey, Chalene Johnson, Tai Lopez and more. I am coming closer to expert status every day.
Today, I’m sharing the TOP 6 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS I’ve gleaned from the past year.
6 MUST-DOs TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
The more vivid and clear you can be about your goals and overall dream life, the more capable you are of using time to your advantage. If you truly know what you want, you’ll spend less time doing things that you don’t value or won’t move you forward. There will never be enough time to do everything. If you want to get productive, you need to narrow your focus, and create a vivid vision of your awesome life. From there, you’ll be able to whittle down what earns your precious time, and what doesn’t.
DAILY SUCCESS PLANS
Creating a plan for your day is a must if you’re going to increase your productivity. Here is my free, downloadable DAILY SUCCESS WORKSHEET. I fill this out every night, and when I don’t, I pay the price – my day is more scattered, less-productive and on top of that, more stressful!
It’s been said that every 10 minutes of planning, will save you an hour later. Honestly, I think the ratio is much bigger. Planning helps you prioritize as well, so you’re not only doing things quicker, but doing the right things.
The key is to create a daily routine of planning the day, whether that’s the night before or the morning of. I prefer the night before, because I can relax better at night, and hit the ground running in the morning. I love the momentum of a well-planned day.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Mark Twain said,
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
In other words, whatever you have to do that day, get the worst/hardest one done first. The term “Eat That Frog,’ has even become a time-management book by Brian Tracy, explaining how to prioritize better and do more in less time.
Every day, you have a list of things to do, and isn’t it so tempting to do the easy stuff first? Oh my goodness, I am drawn to the easy errands and cleaning because they’re just busy work. I have to force myself to do the tough, must-focus stuff, or it won’t get done, like studying for my Personal Training Cert. Put first things first, literally.
Getting distracted is a time and energy waster. When something needs to get done, give yourself a chunk of time, focus on it, and execute. You’ll not only finish faster, but with better quality and more satisfaction. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’ve worked all day, and didn’t even finish anything! That’s not happiness at all. We want to live the joyful life.
Tips for focusing
- Eliminate distractions
- Turn off your phone
- Close browsers
- Tell people you won’t be available
- Set a timer
- Set a reward for an accomplished task
If you want to be more productive, you must have energy to do it. To me, energy is gold. More energy = more joy, motivation, resources, adventure and more. To optimize your energy, you need to take care of your body, and do all those things we all know we’re supposed to do
- always drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Brendon Burchard recommends 16 (that’s a gallon).
- move your body throughout the day, and workout 3-5 times a week. Committing to 2 longer workouts a week will increase your stamina.
- eat nutrient-dense foods & eliminate or at least minimize processed foods
- get enough sleep. This is huge. Lack of sleep throws off so many bodily functions, especially hormones, which impact everything! Hopefully, once you prioritize, you’ll have more time to sleep.
To keep your energy up, the best thing to do is create routines and habits for all of these – routines that you love!!! These ‘should dos’ need to become ‘I don’t want to live withouts.’ So, find a way to make them rewarding for you.
You must believe in yourself, and that you can absolutely achieve what you want. If you don’t believe, yours actions will reflect that belief, and your ‘I can’t’ will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, if you’re stuck in self-doubt, start focusing on solutions, not problems. If you feel like, ‘I can never lose weight,’ or ‘I can never stick to healthy eating,’ then you won’t. But, if you feel that way, and don’t want to feel that way, start overwriting those thoughts with what you specifically can do. ‘I can lose weight if I track my food, and exercise 30 minutes a day.’ ‘I can join a healthy living group.’ ‘I can avoid eating processed food to help repair my metabolism,’ ‘I can arm myself with knowledge about how to stick with healthy eating.’ ‘I can keep treats out of the house.’ ‘I can find new, fun things to do to deal with emotions instead of food.’ YOU CAN! You can do anything you set your mind to, you just need to get your brain on board by creating paths for you to succeed.
In order to help you become more productive, I’ve created this handy dandy worksheet, that will help you discover and better understand your strengths and weaknesses with productivity. For me, I will admit, I tend to put the tough things off, when they should get done first. But, my focus has increased dramatically over the past several months. This worksheet is a great resource to check-up on yourself periodically. I would know how it goes, and what you think!
FREE DOWNLOAD HERE: PRODUCTIVITY QUESTIONAIRE
Let’s chat. Jill and I would love to know.
Questions for the day
- What are some of your strengths and weaknesses with productivity?
- What changes would make the biggest impact for you?
- Do you plan your day?
- What makes you feel successful when the day is done?
- How yummy are Fit Dish Tuesdays?