Stop Planning to "Work" On Stuff - It's Killing Your Productivity
Are you fed up with the tyranny of your To Do List?
Most people are. But most people don’t know how to plan their time to GET THINGS DONE.
Last week I taught you that there really are no time problems – just feeling problems.
The first step in solving your productivity issues is solving your feeling problems. If you don’t solve these first, you won’t solve your distraction, procrastination, and lack of follow through problems. It doesn’t matter if you plan or time block if you aren’t even going to follow the plan. So these come first.
If you missed last week’s post, There Are No Time Problems, Just Feeling Problems, where I taught you all about this, make sure you check it out.
After you solve the feeling problems, we move into the tactics of time management. So this week I want to teach you the most important tactical piece to increasing your productivity.
Are you ready?
It’s super simple.
Plan your time to COMPLETE things, not to WORK ON them.
This is the biggest mistake that most people make when it comes to calendaring and time blocking.
I am a huge fan of both of these but only when the planning and time blocking has a result attached to it.
For example, this blog post was on my calendar at 5:30 Thursday night to be written and finished at 6:30. And guess what? It was.
I can look at my week and see what results I will have accomplished, what things on my To Do List I will get to cross off, by the end of it. In fact, I don’t even use To Do Lists anymore. I don’t need to because I put all the things on my calendar so I know exactly when they will be done.
When you plan to “work” on something, it’s very open ended. Will you get it done? Maybe, maybe not.
As humans we are programmed to use the amount of time we have. So if you give yourself an open ended amount of time to complete something, it will take you 10x longer to actually get it done. When you decide AHEAD of time how much time you will allow yourself to complete a task, you will learn how to get it done in that amount of time.
This is the next level of time management.
Try it out this week. And see if it doesn’t make a huge impact on what you actually accomplish by the end of your week.
Becoming a master of your emotional life is the gateway to mastering your time.
If you want more help with this, I want to invite you to join me in a FREE 60 Minute Emotional Recharge Session (CLICK HERE). When you sign up, here’s what you will get:
- I will take you through my Before and After Process which is designed to show you the true cause of your feeling problems and help you create a plan to solve them.
- A tool that you can use every day to help you clean up your mental and emotional garbage so that it doesn’t ruin or sabotage your day.
- My carefully curated booklist, “10 Books That Help You Win At The Game Of Life”.
- A Self Assessment for your current level of Emotional Maturity.
All of this is FREE when you sign up (CLICK HERE) for your FREE 60 Minute Emotional Recharge Session. These are tools that you are going to help you take back control of your life again by taking charge of your emotional health. There is nothing more important you could invest your time in than this because your FEELINGS LITERALLY AFFECT EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE.