Not gonna lie, I can be super productive. I built a side income while working fulltime+ and taking care of our new house…. and ‘how to be more productive’ is one of the most common questions I get from my coaching clients.
Want to know the secret of extreme productivity?
——-> Make your habits support your priorities <———
Don’t tell me you want to build an income from your blog but don’t have time – when I know you are just choosing to marathon TV shows instead.
Don’t tell me you want to learn to photograph in manual mode – when I know you haven’t picked it up in months.
Don’t tell me you’re going to be an author – when you don’t write anything besides emails.
It just comes down to PRIORITIES. Do you habits support your goals, or are you letting other priorities get in the way?
It is totally fine to be partying instead of working on a Saturday. Just know that means you are making your friendships a priority over whatever goal your work would help you reach.
How you spend your time and money is totally up to you. It is YOUR decision and is 100% valid – unless, of course, you are going around telling people about this big project you’re going to start soon. If said project is a priority, you would be doing it already.
Example: I want to write. It took me 30 years to figure it out, but it turns out I want to write books. Fiction and non- … I have several ideas, as well as the requisite romanticized version of what it will mean when I am a ‘Writer.’ BUT – truth time – I haven’t worked on my novel in a week. For a variety of reasons, including the fact that I know it’s a mess and will require a major rewrite.
Example #2: We don’t have a ton of nice things. We’re still using TV trays as bedside tables. Why? Because our priorities are elsewhere. My husband and I chose to spend our money on buying the house and keeping expenses low so I could quit my day job. Which means we saved all the money that we could easily spend on bedside tables, nice dining room set, living room rug, guest room bed, etc etc etc. Our priorities do not match buying all that stuff.
So! This week, as you start thinking about New Years resolutions and goals ….
*Take a look at what you tell people you want. … and think long and hard about if you REALLY want that
*Take a look at your weekly schedule and if your actions, habits and tasks throughout the week actually support that goal.
*Adjust your schedule as needed.
For me …. I have WRITE (in all caps) scheduled for 2 hours, first thing in the morning every day forever and ever. Which is easy to do with Google Calendar.
This next week I’m going to use those hours to adjust my outline, story structure and figure out what it is that is missing (there’s something missing), so the week after I can get back to writing. So I can finish this draft. So I can revise the draft. So I can re-revise the draft. So I can submit it to agents. So I can hopefully get it published. So I can be an AUTHOR.
Maybe you need to block off one night a week after you get home from work to blog for the following week. Maybe you need to cancel your Saturday plans so you can spend some time going in-depth with your live-workshop planning. Maybe just serve your family leftovers all week so you have that little bit of extra time to just figure out what your REAL goals are.
Creating daily habits that support your goals doesn’t mean you can never change your mind. It does mean that you need to be honest about what those goals are. You can make amazing progress and be off-the-charts productive if you are clear on the end goal and adjust your habits accordingly.
There are always little pockets of time you can find. And if you have your priorities straight, your habits can support those and you can take over the world!