A few days back, I read an article called “7 ways I’m minimizing decision fatigue in my daily life.” I’m so glad I found this blog! The modern Mrs. Darcy talks about life, reading, balancing life and everything in between (so obviously right up my alley!) Anyways, on the linked post, she talks about how to maximize creativity. Through some other books I’m reading and the insights she had, I started to apply the advice (which we know is the most important part of learning).
– I’ve started eating the same thing for breakfast. This has definitely helped me in the morning…or mid-morning, lol, I don’t like eating right away! It’s great going to the fridge and knowing exactly what I’m going to eat. I may change this up on a week to week/grocery trip to grocery trip, but this week it’s been great. (See below for my current breakfast!)
– Prioritizing my day to what’s important to me. I recently read The Big Leap and friends, in some ways it was truly life changing. It talks about what holds us back from making big leaps in our business and personal life. He shared a story about a writer who was having trouble finding time to write after caring for her family and home. He challenged her by saying she wasn’t putting the priority on writing. That hit home and I realized I haven’t been putting the priority on my book. It’s been low on my priority list in terms of actually writing. I redid my to-do list to reflect my priorities. I’ve done a full day of following it and it’s been wonderful. My day looks like this:
Write for 60 minutes
Read for 60 minutes
Dream about my business and life
Shower (yes, I actually put taking a shower on my to-do list…)
More client work
Various other tasks
– Using dreaming now. I mentioned a few posts back that I was planning a trip to Disney World. While planning last night, I started thinking, wow, I could take a “rest day,” set up shop in the hotel coffee shop and write. I mean, WOW, what better place for inspiration than at Disney! I got really excited about that. But today it hit me, why can’t I write like I’m there now? I mean, what is writing? Essentially just taking something from your brain and putting it on paper. Why couldn’t I close my eyes, imagine what it would be like to be sitting in a cafe in Florida and write from that inspiration? I won’t lie, it churned the creative juices and I can’t wait to see what happens when I sit down to write.
– Tell others about your plan for the day. Accountability is SO important to actually getting things done. Telling Bret what I’m working on is so helpful. I know when he asks “what did you do today?” it’s not out of accusation or demand, but out of love and encouragement. I say it all the time, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Love that guy.
– Make your day reflect YOU. You can’t be productive if you’re following someone else’s productivity plan. Just because someone is super productive first thing in the morning doesn’t mean that you will be too. Don’t force yourself to get out of bed and be tired all day just because it works for someone else. If you are on fire at 10 p.m., construct your day around that. This is especially important for entrepreneurs. You have control over your schedule. Sure, there are a few things that have to be at certain times. I mean, your bride won’t change her wedding timeline from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. just because that’s when you’re “on.”….well, if she’s your kind of bride, maybe she will! But there are ways to make your schedule work for you.
What about you? What productivity tips work for you?
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