You Don’t Have To Be Busy To Be Productive. Here’s Why.
If you’re busy all day but have nothing to show for it, keep reading.
It is well known the life’s events can create busy seasons. For instance, we know that “the holidays” which collectively include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day create a busy time of the year for Americans.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring more stress than happiness for some people, although that was never the goal. Once the holidays are over, we love on our loved ones and go back to some sort of routine. Some of us even start thinking about how we’ll avoid our aunt who mentions our weight every year or our in-laws who wonders when we will start or grow the family next holiday season (this is avoidance strategy is planning friend).
Not so fast though, there are other types of busy that eat away at our productivity. This type of busy can haunt us and take our dreams. It’s being busy on a day-to-day basis doing things that will not get you closer to a goal.
Being “busy” can be an excuse to not commit to what you really want. Trust me, I’ve used the busy card. Truth is, we do the things we really want to be doing. After all, if you put your stake in the ground and get “busy” taking action to reach a goal, then you risk shame, embarrassment, or failure.
Failure is relative however, because you only fail when you quit. For now, consider missing the mark as an essential part of an experiment that needed to happen so that you could learn a valuable piece of information that would be needed on your journey.
If you like to say you’re “too busy to get (said thing) done” then I’d like to encourage you to take a look at your day. You may find that you have more time than you think (surprise surprise) or you may find that you’re spending your time on things to keep you in a cycle of busy (this could be due to lack of awareness or procrastination).
If you hide behind the badge of too busy, then you never have to commit to your true goals (because you don’t have time. See how that works?). Your brain chatter may tell you it’s hard to juggle “all of the things” and what a way to not address any of your goals by tying them up into “the busy knot!”
Things that are not true include:
I couldn’t work out because I didn’t have time.
I got off of work too late to (insert excuse).
Have you used these or something similar?
What’s worse than setting a goal and missing the mark? You guessed it…not even trying. What if you closed out this year and started the next one betting on you?
People choose to set goals in many ways, including goal setting workshops, vision board creation and New Year’s resolutions.
I write my goals on scratch paper, napkins, receipts, copy paper, journals…you name it. I write those suckers out one million times. And I just rewrite them and rewrite them until I reach them. I also assess my goals. If I’m not reaching them, I need to figure out what can be adjusted.
Building a business online is a surefire way to dive into marketing and self development as a by product. If you are to succeed at online business, you will become great at the foundation of marketing and you will also have to manage your thoughts- it’s a must.
Our thoughts produce our results in life. Sometimes this can be by default, this is when you never take a look at your thoughts or challenge the way that you think. I’m super thrilled about managing my brain on purpose moving forward.
What are we telling ourselves? Are our thoughts keeping us small or helping us to reach our goals?
One way to answer this is to do a brain dump. A brain dump is when you write down all of the thoughts that come to your mind on paper. Write the thoughts without judgement. It’s perfectly fine to destroy the paper when you are done if that will help you write more freely. I get it, it can get a bit crazy in there sometimes.
Some thoughts, once written on paper, we can quickly adjust. Other thoughts we may need a hand with them to think better thoughts.
It’s kind of amazing that we have this unique feature as humans where we self-fulfill the chatter in our heads. Because NOT self fulfilling would be weird actually. It’s a beautiful feature; but the million-dollar question is “what are we self-fulfilling?” Do we need to rewrite the chatter going on in our heads? Up leveling our thoughts is possible.
I can live in worry or I can believe that everything happens in its season (which is also why I cannot expect to grow watermelon in the winter). I’m human, I do worry, but I don’t have to live in worry.
If there’s a gap between what you want to be doing and what you ARE DOING, then it’s worth taking a look to find out what your brain is telling you.
After all (yes! it’s cliche) if you believe it, you can achieve it.
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