See if this sounds familiar : you ran from task to task today, finally the kids are in bed, you sit down for like 10 minutes to catch your breath, and you go over the happenings of the day.. as you sit on the couch you wonder.. what did I actually do today. And that cycle continues day after day.
Your life is BUSY. You have a to do list longer than the yellow brick road, you have kids & a husband, a house, chores.. there is NO TIME left for you. Are ya with me yet!?
I’m not promising you that I can take away the demands of motherhood, or the tasks that come with a house & a job. But I can teach you how to stop being busy, and start being productive.
Busy is chaos, productive is a system. Busy is throwing time at tasks with no plan. Productive is attacking those tasks with meaning & mindfulness.
How do you make that switch? As Julie Andrew said in Sound of Music – start at the beginning. Follow these steps to start ditching the busy & create a plan that will point you to productivity.
4 Steps To Go From Busy to Productive
1. Take an inventory of your day : Write out your entire day. From waking up to laying down for bed. What did you do? How much time did you spend scrolling?
2. Take a look at your to do list : What does your to do list consist of? Is it realistic? Why are those items on your list – what goal are they accomplishing?
3. Know your CORE 4 : If you haven’t heard me talk about CORE 4 before, this is a system for balancing your days & weeks.
4. Write out your goals : What are you working towards? What are you doing each day to further those goals?
5. Analyze your findings :
- Where did you find wasted time? If you were scrolling for 45 minutes, could you set a timer for 15 minutes and gain a 30 minute block?
- Are you asking too much of your to do list? What items could you combine, cut out, or time block.
- How are you meeting CORE 4 balance inside your days & weeks? Are you managing balance between the areas that mean the most to you?
- What on your to do list isn’t furthering your goal? If you are doing something just because you have always done it, or because you think you should – but have no real immediate reason to be doing it – STOP.
- What is on your to do list that you need to say NO to. Is there a committee that you are serving on that is taking up too much of your valuable time? I’m giving you permission today to SAY NO to things that DO NOT further your own goals.
These steps are the basis to creating a routine in your life that will take you from being BUSY to being PRODUCTIVE. From mindlessly completing a to do list, to creating meaningful tasks that will help you create balance & propel you towards your goals.