You know what I’m talking about. Or maybe you don’t…because it is so weaved into the everyday conversation in your mind. I’m talking about beating yourself up. It steals your energy, makes you tired, and drains your spirit. There’s a much better way. Let’s chat…
I recently wrote about what to do if you are tired and the next day an important revelation occurred to me about this.
I think many of us are tired and we don’t recognize it.
Before we can address being tired, what I like to call “low energy,” we need to be able to recognize this state. So what’s the big deal about being tired?
Simply put, most of the world’s problems stem from someone being tired and not doing their best when faced with challenges. The ripple effect then takes place and the problems multiply.
If you can manage your energy, you can control the quality of your life!
So let’s take a look at how to see past the veil of chronic tiredness and move on to a better life!
Do you have a dream project? Have you been putting it off forever because you “never have time to work on it.” (There’s my story again!) Well I have a solution. It’s called chunking and it’s a very simple concept. Check it out.
You don’t need more information. What you need is acceptance of the truth.
If you find yourself constantly searching for answers to the same questions, you probably already have the information that you need to know the answer. For example, a common quest many people are on is “how can I lose weight?” There are a million books, articles, websites, programs, etc that will give you some version of the answer. What you need now is not more information, but acceptance of the truth about how to do it. Once you have that acceptance, then you can commit to doing it and finally follow through with action.
So let’s break this down further.
Is there something from your past, that you did or didn’t do, that really bugs you?
Do you find yourself beating yourself up over it?
Even if you say no, think about this: Is there something that you have wanted to accomplish for a while now, but you just haven’t done it? Why haven’t you done it? Could it be that you are so angry with yourself for letting so much time pass? Could that anger be blocking you from moving forward?
Whether you realize it or not, if you are hating yourself for something in your past, that is going to block your ability to be happy today and to realize the future you want.
Here’s the Good News: You can change your future starting TODAY!
Do you have a mountain of things you need to get done? Does the sight or thought of it paralyze you into inaction or procrastination disguised as busywork? Well I hope to show you light at the end of that tunnel and a technique to get out the other end and into the light!
When we think of our to-do list, what do we primarily think of? Tasks, right? Processing tasks like a robot can make us feel like uninspired drones. But don’t despair, here’s a small but powerful idea that can instantly transform your day from mundane to special. Continue Reading →
Does your life feel scattered? Is your desk swimming in post-it notes and to-do lists? Do you find difficulty coordinating your schedule, your family’s schedule and work’s schedule? Do you have goals that you never get to? Are there old friends you never get around to calling? Would you love to live a simpler life, but have a tough time finding time to make that happen?
Nodding off at work or school lately? Click over to my article at Dumb Little Man for different ways to handle this difficult situation.
The “50/10 Focus” Habit
I recently read a great article over at Dawud Miracle’s Blog. He wrote a blog post called How to Stay Focused for Greater Productivity. In his article he gave his most powerful tip for productivity and this is it:
“My productivity tip is focus. For every 60 minutes of the workday, I stay micro focused for 50 minutes. Then I get out of my chair, away from my computer and out of my office for 8 minutes (give or take). The remaining two minutes I settle back down in my chair, look over my next todos and look at what I can accomplish in the next 50 minutes. Then Iâ€™m off to the races again.”
This has been something I aspire to do daily, but sometimes I forget. I now have a reminder on my computer that simply says “50/10 Focus.” I’d like to thank Dawud for helping me get back into this awesome productivity habit.
Dawud’s article links to other bloggers who also chimed in on this topic. You can read the rest of his article here.
Planning for Success.
The companion habit to make the most of the “50/10 Focus” habit is to plan your day and plan your week. Your daily plan is the blueprint for knowing what you should be doing at any given time during the day.
Here’s how I plan my day. I take a piece of paper, often scrap paper or a page in my capture notebook and write the date at the top of the page. I draw a line down the center. In the right column I write “To-Do” and on the left I write “Plan.” I write out all my to-do’s first. Then I plan out my day by inserting those to-do items into time slots.
Often some things will have to wait until the next day because I’m very liberal with building in transition and buffer time. I know that things always take longer than expected so I allot for that. The main thing when planning things is to schedule the most important things first.
What’s your favorite time management trick? Let’s hear your ideas! All comments big and small are very welcomed!
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