I’m always trying to take the path of least resistance. (Like, why the hell not?!)
I want things to just work, I want to be productive in the simplest + most efficient way possible.
Last week I wrote about tips on being your most productive self, so this week I’m here to break it down even more + tell you about a simple habit to make yourself feel totally accomplished + closer to your goals at the end of each day.
Is that not the best feeling in the world?
Going to bed at night knowing you’re one step closer to where you need to be.
That you earned that extra glass of wine at dinner + that you can peacefully drift into la la land knowing you came, you saw, you conquered?!
The first step in all this - well, really the first step in any type of attempt at being productive - is to clarify what you’re working towards.
What goals have you set for yourself? What do you hope to accomplish by being productive? Or, is it totally something else?! Do you just hope to put out fires left + right as effectively as possible?
Whatever it is, you have to know what the end goal is in order prioritize what needs to get done.
The One Thing asks the question, “What is one thing I can do so that everything else is easier or unnecessary?” + Chalene asks, “Of your to-do list, what two things must be done to move your toward your goal?”
So to combine these things give us the ultimate work-around to a productive day.
In my last post I mentioned how important it is to map out your day the night before. It clears your head + leaves you feeling less stressed.
Once you have your brain dump, circle two things that must get done in order for everything else to be easier or unnecessary + that are directly related to your goal.
I’ll give you an example, if my three month goal was to launch a video series, two things that would move me toward that goal would be to 1. write the scripts + 2. record the video.
Once these two things are done, the rest of my day is dedicated to b-list goals or less timely goals.
The next day, my two things could be 1. edit video + 2. upload finished product. Rinse + repeat.
By doing the most critical (+ often the tasks we try so hard to push off) first thing, we begin to feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
That accomplishment in turn gives us the momentum to continue checking things off throughout the day.
Like anything else with productivity + getting shit done, it's like a muscle.
Every time you flex, you get shit done (or GSD as my mother calls it). And, as you build that muscle, you build a habit. Habits take time.
But, you’ll be amazed how much you accomplish if you stick to it for 30 days. Hell, even after a week you’ll be blown away with how easy it is to complete tasks you’d be putting off for months!
Give it a try + then let me know how you’re doing.
Leave me a comment, DM me on insta, send me snail mail (I love snail mail). Whatever you do, tell me how it's working for you!
So excited for you to start becoming your most productive + efficient self.
With a Big Hug + Lots of Love,