complexity is the enemy of execution – tony robbins
I was talking to a girlfriend of mine who needed a lil guidance in the productivity part of her life, and after our Zoom call I decided I really wanted to share with you what I shared with her.
Working for yourself is such a beautiful thing but it’s also a very difficult thing because a) you’re your own boss aka self motivation b) you must be relentless and fearless aka what even are days off and who doesn’t get a lil bit insecure at times and c) you’ve gotta map it all out aka be more organized than even I am comfortable with.
Let’s be real, I’m not especially organized, I’m also not great with being told what to do (even by my own self), and I struggle with creative blocks and time management just like most people. Let’s get through this list together, day by day and goal by goal.
Things that clutter my day & how I tackle them like a line backer
1. Social media– tricky tricky bc new media is a huge part of my job. The work around is that I block out times for this. I TRY not to look at my phone until after my workout each morning but some days just getcha! I do try to be really specific and intentional however. I post, let it go (it’s in the world now Jess let’s not overthink this), respond, engage, and get out. I get on with the day and save mindless scrolling for the end of the day bc I’m a lurker too
Hot Tip: try setting an alarm and after 20-30 mins close it out before you get sucked into the rabbit hole of bread faceplants and squishy sounds
2. Overthinking all that I need to do– we can get paralyzed by our task lists, the inaction caused by anxiety is real. Instead of overthinking, just GO. List your top 3 things the night before that you would feel productive af completing, even if you get nothing else done in the day. No negotiating with yourself, no excuses and I promise even if you just get that one thing crossed off, you’ll feel powered up to complete the rest
3. Working from bed and NOT getting my body moving right away. I’ve learned from this habit bc it doesn’t work for me. It works for some people, know what works for you. Listen to your body bc mental health is everything, so if you need a moment, take it. But if you don’t, then make it… the bed that is
Hot Tip: Productivity Planner baby!
I’ve learned that when starting anything- whether it’s a new career, pursuing a passion, or beginning again, there will always be resistance, there will always be a ‘better’ time, and life will always happen… just begin.
I hope some of my productivity tools help you and I’d love to know how you manage your time. What are some things you do each day to make sure you’re sticking to the path? Distractions are natural and I love wondering from the path too, just remember come back and keep trekking along <3