The Power of Personal Productivity

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 | by Brenda Stanton

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” ~Harvey MacKay

Last week I spoke about the importance of keeping your dreams alive and the concept of making sure your dreams don’t fall to the back burner.

Yet, how does that actually happen when you have a bunch of screaming priorities in your everyday life that you’re trying to juggle?

One suggestion I made was to – Spend 1 Hour Each Day On Your Dream.

Easier said than done, I know.

Yet, it is possible.

A trick I’ve found that has proved tremendously productive for me is to give myself a time limit to work on a particular task. The key is you definitely don’t go under that time limit, but you also don’t go over it either.

You know how it feels when you start something you either feel inspired or you don’t. If you feel inspired you no doubt spend more time getting the task done and really getting into it. If you aren’t feeling inspired, you most likely bail and go onto something else that feels more interesting.

Yet, when you make a commitment to get something done within a set time limit – regardless of how you FEEL, well, that changes everything.

Just think about when you commit to a new exercise regime. The hardest part is getting out the door or getting into the door of the gym. Once you’re there, you’ll stay there and most likely stay for the time you committed.

The same is true for your dreams – you need to get practical and commit. But, just like with a new exercise regime, you don’t want to overextend yourself – or else you’ll burn-out never to return again.

To help give you some more context to what this Powerful Productivity Tool can do for you, check-out the Worthy Work below.

 

WORTHY WORK

Imagine that you have a goal that has been in your heart/mind for years. It’s something that never leaves you alone…it’s always in the back (or front) of your mind – and as much as you’ve maybe tried to forget it, it’s still there – haunting you to pursue this dream. Well, I think we’d both agree, it’s time to pay attention and begin taking some action on this secret dream of yours. Here are some tips to set some time aside and start listening to the inner aching of your heart:

Tip #1: Keep a journal or notebook with you at all times: This is to be utilized when you aren’t in your official “Dream Time” but will help you get clarity and ideas on what is calling to you – what is this secret dream asking of you. What is it that you’re passionate about – and when you do have time, what would you love to be working on.

Tip #2: If you can’t find an Hour A Day, Find At Least 5 Hours Each Week: Again, we can all find extra time – we do it for our favorite past times, why not for your precious heart desires?

Tip #3: Utilize Time Blocking to compartmentalize your “Dream Time”: time blocking is a concept I learned about through David Allen’s Book – Getting Things Done. It’s a concept where you allot a specific time block – say between 9am-11am and you focus on one particular area of focus. This is NOT a specific task, but a broader area of focus. This is an important distinction because when you focus on tasks, things tend to stall. But with your creative passions, keep them broad and your inner spirit will guide you when the time is right. You can call this broader focus area whatever you like – Dream Time, Creative Pursuits, whatever you wish…

Tip #4: Switch-Up Your Hours Each Week: if you’re like me, your weeks vary – yet I’ve learned that having a plan that includes structure and discipline gives me a tremendous amount of freedom and the ability to get lots done! Here’s a tip, each Sunday afternoon or evening, start a new email or grab a blank piece of paper, and write out blocks for each day of the coming week – Monday through Sunday. Then, start with whatever you get up (6am-10pm) and write out everything you have committed for the week. Then, find some 2-hour (or 1-hour, or 1/2 hour) blocks where you can work in your dream time. It doesn’t matter the time you allot, just that you commit to it on paper and put them into your schedule.

Tip #5: Do What You Can Within The Time You Allot: This is the key to pursuing your passions and utilizing the time blocking concept – when you sit down during that allotted time – ideas will come to you. You don’t need to know what you’re going to work on – or have an agenda. Just sit down and begin thinking about your dream. What are your first steps? Write them down. You’ll begin to notice how focused you feel knowing that you only have an hour (or whatever time you block) and you’ll find yourself giving it your best. Ideas will come. You’ll start making progress. You’ll start being productive and then you’ll look forward to more Dream Time.

Remember, don’t go over (or under) the allotted time – and you’ll be amazed at how productive you feel and how much you get done! You deserve to carve out time for your secret heart’s desires. As always the choice is yours, choose what you deserve.

 


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