Over my years of teaching productivity and sustainable work habits I've found similar struggles rising up with people. Patterns of behavior that continuously get in their way of being as productive as they want to be. Today I'm sharing with you the 3 major things you need to look out for if you want to be more productive and they're not what you think.
1. Give yourself less time.
A task will take the time given to it. That means, if you give yourself 3 hours to write a blog post, you will get that blog post written in 3 hours. If you give yourself 30 minutes to write a blog post, you will get that blog post written in 30 minutes. You will take as much time as you're given to finish a given task. That's why I RARELY recommend a 5 day work week and an 8-hour work day to entrepreneurs.
In fact, I think you're more likely to get MORE done if you have a 4-hour workday and a 4 day work week. Put the pressure on yourself to knock out your tasks in a smaller window and you will find yourself suddenly focused and engaged in a way that you just aren't when you feel like you have all the time in the world.
2. Stop trying to do things in the 'right' way.
There are a lot of people teaching the 'right' way to structure your day and work week. The problem is that we are all different. We all have different hang ups and ways of being that prevent us from showing up as our best selves. You can't expect yourself to have the same productivity habits as someone with a completely different personality than you.
A common example of this is the recommendation to wake up and get to work at 5am. For some, that is pure magic. For others, that's a recipe for shame and doubt and insecurity. You try to wake up at 5 and you fail. You try to work during your sleepiest hours and you fail. You try to stay focused when all you want is to go back to sleep and you fail.
Giving all of your mental energy away to shame and self-doubt is definitely not going to help you get your work into the world.
That's not fair to yourself or to your work.
Figure out what works for YOU. What works for a single mom won't work for a traveling entrepreneur. Accept your personality and your circumstances and work along WITH them!
3. Cut your to-do list in half.
Yep! You need to be expecting SO MUCH less from yourself than you are currently expecting. I know you, I know that you are staring down the barrel of a to-do list so long that you feel like you will never get to sleep. Take that to-do list out of your life and write out 3 things that HAVE to get done today. Just do those things and see how much better you feel. How much more energy do you now have to tackle a few of the things that didn't make the cut today?
Lower your expectations and ride that momentum wave all the way to a highly productive work week!