There are countless numbers of productivity exercises out there. Every single day, dozens, possibly hundreds of articles are published on how to get more completed, both in work and life in general.
It’s completely overwhelming.
If I were to spend the time reading all those new articles and books, I’d have absolutely no time to get anything valuable finished. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed — like you don’t have enough time or like you should be getting more finished — or even where’s the best place to start?
In order to be more productive, you first have to know how you’re spending every minute of the day. So, you say you need to get more finished- or you don’t have enough time for everything, but when you actually track activity, you quickly realize you’re spending 60 minutes a day on Instagram. And the remedy seems pretty obvious from there, right?
"I spent the last few months tracking my productivity and I have to say a light bulb has gone off about how I spend my time, and what to do to make better use of it."
If you’re in an environment where majority of your day is governed by appointments this activity may not be the best option for your working time management. But, if you feel as though your nights and weekends continually slip by in a haze of social platforms and Netflix, and aren’t as edifying or enriching as you’d like, you can absolutely apply these principles to your personal life.
One of the reasons time management is so difficult is that time itself is ambiguous. You can’t see it; it’s abstract; even scientists are still trying to figure this shit out!
BUT-For us to get a better grip on time we’re going to think about it like something more objective, like food!
We all love food. The tendency to get distracted is comparable to craving ice cream of junk food. And, a lack of productivity is like those few extra pounds we hate around our waist. So what’s the solution you ask? Activity Logs, aka, keeping a food diary.
Studies show keeping a food journal over the course of several weeks, even months is one of the most irrefutable ways to lose weight. In fact, showed that those who kept a record — either paper or digital or even photographic — of what they ate in the course of an entire day lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t. CRAZY! I KNOW!
Building awareness of what you’re putting into your body; the snacking, ordering dessert regularly, doesn’t seem like much until you have to document everything that crosses your lips. When you scarf down a giant Cheeseburger and dump the evidence before walking in the door, that moment disappears from your consciousness. However- Once you write that burger down, it becomes real. It happened! You have to fess up to it!
So what I'm saying- With a mix of consciousness, a healthy amount of shame, and accountability make up the fact that food diary keepers lose weight much more effectively, almost 2x more effective to be exact.
"The same exact benefits apply to keeping a record of how you spend your hours. So if you want to start flexin’ on those productivity abs, you better start tracking your time, babe!"
Tracking your time. Sounds sexy, right? NOPE! It's meticulous and ironically time consuming in itself. Tracking of your minutes and hours throughout the day over the course of a couple weeks, or even months is just like any other up-front investment, you’ll reap those rewards for decades to come.
Now that we’ve discovered the benefits of time-tracking, let’s get into the nitty gritty about how to actually do so to make the most of it.
This Success Pack is perfect for the hustler-on-the-go!
5 SIGNS IT'S TIME TO RETHINK TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS
So you want to change your life. You want to reach goals. You wanna make moves in a different direction. Well wake up sister, because you can create LIFE CHANGES NOW. They say, "You are who you hang around" or "You become like the company you keep."
NEWS FLASH!!! ⇒ IT'S TRUE! and unfortunately we aren't going to come to this realization overnight!
I get it, the idea of this sounds great, but the reality is, this is one tough cookie to tackle! One of the hardest alterations many people face on the way to reaching their goals and creating LIFE CHANGES is the realization that the people they’ve surrounded themselves with are negative influences.
I'm always telling myself, people come into our lives for different reasons and different seasons. Bottom line, it sucks when someone leaves your life or you have to leave theirs. But shit happens and truth is, life goes on, and eventually we see the beauty of the underlying outcome.
#1 RECIPROCITY: STOP DOING ALL THE WORK
I completely SUCK at this! I'm a giver by nature, so I'm usually the one doing the inviting which leads me to get let down pretty frequently. UNTIL...I learned what reciprocity truly meant, started incorporating it into my personal and professional relationships, and magically discovered kind of suck.. And it’s time for some LIFE CHANGES.
It's 2018! We live in a world where technology is at the forefront of EVERYTHING we do. It takes less than 5 seconds to respond to a text. If someone can't take the time out of their "busy" life to respond or even just check in on you, I hate to tell you, but you're ju
st not that important to them. Life happens and of course we become busy and burdened by responsibilities. The truth is, true friends will try to spend time with you. If they can’t do that, then it’s best to move on and recognize this is a TOXIC RELATIONSHIP.
#2 YOU FEEL DRAINED EVERY TIME YOU HANG
As hard as it is for me to admit it, I have most definitely been guilty of this one. I'm sure we all have. We all go through phases in our lives where we aren't in the greatest place, and if you've known someone a while you both have had your fair share of ups and downs. When it comes to HEALTHY relationships, the best relationships and friendships are there for you during the most difficult situations without question.
⇒ Let me be clear here people. ⇔ For F*ck sake, do not, I repeat, DO NOT confuse a rough patch for a "debbie downer." Don't go abandoning your girlfriend, brother, best friend, cousin twice removed because they are going through a tough situation and need their moments of venting. Instead, learn to be a great listener, and set your boundaries for yourself on when and when not to be around this person. BEFORE cutting anyone off, Please suggest getting them some help or working with a specialist.
Signs of the "Negative Nancy!" aka “Toxic People” They always seem to suck the energy out of you. Friends like these are toxic. They are usually negative, judgmental, and seem to be using you as a personal therapist to deal with every single issue. They consistently causing drama or are the center of the drama. There never is a positive outcome to anything. They constantly play the victim and never apologize for their actions.
This is extremely draining. Cut these types of “toxic relationships” off before their negativity rubs off on you. Have some respect for yourself. You are not a personal punching bag.
#3 BAD NEWS BEARS - CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT• CHANGE YOUR LIFE
We meet people from all walks of life typically in the places we hang around most, but it's how they influence you that truly matters. Take a look at your inner circle and ask yourself these questions:
Truth be told you can meet people anywhere, but if you are noticing a pattern in your relationships, change your surroundings. Your environment has a lot to do with the people you meet. Try going somewhere new and I bet you will notice an entire difference.
#4 I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE WRONG
If someone can not accept the fact that they are not right all of the time, no matter how much evidence or proof is present, then this is a sign they ARE probably a toxic and you need to re-evaluate your life changes.
Keep in mind that many people who are insecure or deeply hurt may behave this way as well, but if it is becoming a theme in the relationship or friendship, try looking elsewhere and make critical changes.
Plus who wants to hangout with a know it all, ALL THE TIME! These people can be extremely combative and argumentative.
#5 CONTINUAL CRITICIZING
I'm a pretty forward person and appreciate direct communication, but it's not for everyone. I've had to learn how to be direct with my communication, while also being MINDFUL of the delivery. However, there is a big difference when someone who cares about you shoots you straight and gives you advice when it’s needed, but it’s a completely different ball game when a person is criticizing you regularly. If there is someone in your life that is criticizing you all the time, judging you, and giving you unasked for advice, it is probably not you, but them.
This would certainly be considered a toxic relationship and you would need to approach the situation to make them aware. But, if it continues, eliminating toxic relationships can be a blessing.
⇒ WHAT TO DO NOW?
It's never easy coming to peace with separation. Before making any major decisions, make sure you have a calm rational conversation with the person first. They may not be aware of their behavior and may appreciate the feedback.
CHECK OUT THIS EXERCISE TO HELP YOU DISCOVER YOUR A TEAM.
Let’s face it, we all are going through something in one way or another. We all have bills, some of us have kids, families, significant others. Some are struggling at work, while others are thriving. I know I have had my fair share of bullsh*t in my life, which led me to do some heavy self-reflecting over the past few years. At first, I sat here contemplating if I was even qualified to write the article because of all the craziness I have experienced throughout my life. Then I realized, “HELL YES I AM!” If there is one thing I have been consistent about, it’s overcoming adversity and finding my joy through all of the Bullsh*t! I find if I input these things into my life in one way or another, my level of stress and anxiety goes down and my joy meter goes up!