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Busy Work & BSOs

Laptop CloseupThere’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. Every day people are busy with irrelevant things. Things that don’t directly line up with their big picture. Sometimes the busy work comes into play because you’d rather procrastinate than do the task at hand. The things that keep you busy and unproductive are the unnecessary meetings and those without an agenda. The trivial stuff, the things that seem more pleasant to do and some email and phone calls all fall into this category. These are the things that keep you from the things that you really should be giving your time to.

Then there are those time sucking BSOs (Bright shiny objects) that are notorious for leading you astray every day, all day. You know how it is…you’re working on something and then you get a thought about something else that needs to be done, or an awesome idea that you just have to bring to life and you take that detour. You follow the thought or that idea and before you know it an hour or more has gone by and you haven’t done a thing when it comes to the task you originally started with. Ugh!

So how do you bust the busy work and the BSOs? For starters, eliminate the busy work by getting focused on your priorities. Determine what they are based on your values and the things that will help you manifest what you’re up to. Let go of the rest by delegating it or deleting it altogether. The key here is to move away from the things that don’t matter by creating a personalized productivity system that will get you through your days. Create new habits like regular planning that will help you move away from putting out fires and constantly dealing with crises. I mean, who wants to put up with that?

If you’re guilty of letting those BSOs lead you in an entirely different direction, grab a note book or pad of paper that you can keep on your desk or work table. Make sure it’s portable so it can go with you on those days you work from your local coffee shop. The next time a BSO strikes, resist chasing it down and jot it down instead. Take a quick moment to write down the thoughts you’re having or the other things that come to mind that have to be done. Do the same with the ideas that come to you which should only take you a quick minute or two. Then cross of the items you’ve transferred and get back to what you were doing. At the end of each day, or at least a few times a week go to your notes and pull the additional to-do items from your notes and into a fitting spot in your calendar or to-do list. Take those great ideas and add blocks of time to work on them and bring them to life. Each time you come back to your notebook you’ll be able to tell where to start so you won’t lose anything and you’ll maintain your focus which will help you get things done.


Green road sign choicesAs people go through their days fighting against what seems to be all odds to get things done, a lot of them are wishing they could get more done, or just get something done. The same thing happens for them day in and day out and they’re stuck. One thing they don’t realize is that being productive is a choice. It’s not something that you have to be gifted with. I’ve heard many people say, “I’m just not organized or I’m just not productive” thinking that if you’re not wired that way, then you’re doomed. That’s not the case.

Life is all about choices. We make them every day. You have to make a conscious choice about how you want to work. So if you’re having trouble getting things done one of the things you have to ask yourself how you want to work.  Make time to answer that question for yourself. Do you want to work in flow; do you want your office to be peaceful? These might seem a bit obvious, but if you don’t think about what you want and make the conscious choice to work that way, then it’s not going to show up in your world.

After choosing how you want to work, the next step is determining how you want your day to look and how you want to experience your day. They might be crazy right now, but step back and think about what you want your ideal work day, your ideally productive day to look like. You might want to have time each morning for that work out that you never seem to be able to fit in, or to have some time to yourself…even just the few minutes you’ve been craving. If you’re looking to work in flow, what does that look like on a daily basis? What challenges and non-supportive habits would you have overcome?

Once you’ve made the conscious choice about how you want to work and you have an idea of what it looks like, you have to create the structure for it. That means building the foundation that will give you the day you want to live inside of your business. So you seek to discover how you relate to time, you choose the tool that’s right for you based upon that, and build your system around it to support you getting and then staying productive. Then you can bring your day to life and have that experience every day.

Having the productive days you want isn’t difficult, it’s just about creating them.  If you’re looking for support in creating your ideally productive day, I invite you to check out my Zen Day session. Invest one hour of your time with me and we’ll lay the foundation for the day you want to create and you’ll be ready to take the steps to make it come to life.


CluelessBizWomanI’m going to talk about the things that you never knew about time. The things that no one ever told you. The things that keep you stuck and unproductive. Let’s start with the fact that no one ever told you anything about getting and staying organized or managing yourself around time. We are taught many things when we’re young but these two things are just not in the mix, so unless you have a natural disposition toward these things and have these abilities, you don’t have a clue and nine times out of ten, your latter school life and professional life suffer. Right now, if you still haven’t figured it out, your business is suffering.

You learned how to tell time but didn’t learn about time, you just basically picked up what others knew via osmosis. What you came to know was that time runs the show. You learned that by watching everybody else under its rule and you did the same thing. Time is running the show and you’ve given all of your power over to it.

What people don’t realize is that time isn’t real. It doesn’t exist! The only thing that makes time real is the agreement around it among those using it that it’s real. Time is something that man created to help understand and comprehend the physical world as he sees it in his every day experience. But here you are, trying to manage it. Something that doesn’t even exist. Maybe now it’s easy to see why you wrestle so much with getting things done.

Something else that you don’t know is that productivity isn’t about anything outside of or separate from you. It doesn’t happen with that linear approach to time or the one size fits all boxed solutions or remedies. It starts with you. When it comes to getting things done, you have to be at the core of it all.

These are just a few of the things that you don’t know about time, but now you do. Now it’s time to step back and take a look at things through a different point of view to see what the landscape really looks like and create your own personalized way of dealing with time and getting things done. You can learn more by continuing to read articles here on my blog and by visiting my website. If you’re ready to take that step, book your Zen Day or Deep Dive session with me now.


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