Traditional Productivity Challenged

Slow down to speed up!

Do you have your checklists ready? Maybe a checklist for your checklists? Several Post-its everywhere?

I get it. I am right there with you.

I have time off coming up for the holidays. EVERY TIME I take off, it literally ends up feeling like a complete waste of time and like I failed. Okay – maybe every time is an over exaggeration. BUT stay with me.

A few months ago, I took off several days in a row. OH, how I looked forward to that time. I planned it. I have high expectations. I have a long to-do list of millions of things to complete. Do you know what happened?

Well, several other things came up. Other things I did not plan. I did not finish many of the things on my list. Do you know what? I went to bed feeling like AN ABSOLUTE FAILURE.

In all honesty, many of us go to bed feeling that way most days. We have awesome expectations and lists that are to guide us on our journeys, BUT it does not always work out that way.

Many of us are very task oriented. I am. I love completing tasks. It is measurable. It feels good to see progress. It feels good to cross something off of the list. FACT.

HOWEVER, I learned a long time ago, that tasks are important BUT people are more important. I need to remind myself of this as a Type A Task Oriented Person. Is that a job? I do not think so. BUT I would do really well at it.

When we think of productivity, we think about task completion, project management, success, etc. When I started studying the Eisenhower Decision Matrix, I learned about the SWEET Spot. These are things that are important, but not urgent. Most things that are the MOST important in life are not urgent. These beautiful things are the MOST important, BUT we forget to build time in our day for them and we do not feel productive by doing them.

These are things like self-care, exercise, meditation, time with family, etc. When I started looking at how I used my time, I have time dedicated to cleaning, to work, to my business, to self-care, etc. HOWEVER, I was leaving empty space on the calendar without scheduling the most important things. I did not schedule time with my family. So, do you know what happened to that empty space? It would get filled with nonsense.

So, what do you do?

Let’s change the way we manage our schedule. Let’s change our view on productivity. I think being productive is being a good person, helping a friend, taking a walk by yourself, spending time with your kids, watching a movie with your significant other. There must be balance of course, but it is productive to care for yourself and others in this way. It is hard to measure. BUT it is necessary.

Intentional Living Tip:

Be the MASTER of your schedule. Decide to make yourself a priority and everything else that brings you joy! Make time for it on your schedule and in your life. You will thank yourself.


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