It’s not what you think. Productive people don’t have 10 more hours in the day. You know THAT would be great, right? They don’t necessarily have more money although that helps, too, sometimes.
It’s not more time or more money.
When I was preparing for my wedding, I had nine months to manage all of the details. Everything came together beautifully and I used all the time I had. I worked on the weekends with my mom. I remember a conversation keenly at that time. I don’t remember who said it but the idea was that if you had nine months to plan a wedding, you would fill them and you would get the work done. If you had 15 months you would fill them and you would get the work done. If you had 2 months, you would fill them and you would get the work done.
Your activities will fill the time you allow for them.
Do you see what is happening here? The work of planning the wedding does not change. You need to find a venue, select the right wedding attire, arrange for food, notify people, design the theme, look and feel, and more. If you only have two months, you will streamline this process and if you have 15 months your planning will expand to fit the time allotted. In both cases, the outcome, having a wedding, will be the same.
The most productive people decide exactly what they are trying to achieve and focus all their efforts on this as though they only have two months to metaphorically, “plan the wedding”. All roads lead to their desired outcome. The conundrum comes when:
1 - Your desired outcome is unclear.
2 - Your boundaries are unclear.
You will be successful when, like the most productive people on the planet, you become:
1 - Clear on your desired outcome.
2 - Clear on your boundaries (and lovingly communicate them).
At this point you may be thinking of all the reasons why this is NOT POSSIBLE for you in your life. I assure you, I have made every excuse you will come up with myself. You don’t have enough time, enough money, enough knowledge, enough support, enough space, enough focus, enough clarity, enough direction, enough… The list could go on forever. Or, my other favorite, you have TOO MANY ideas, activities, irons in the fire, plates in the air.
You need only two things, both of which you can create for yourself right now.
I would love to hear what your desired outcome is and how you will clarify your boundaries. Share them in the comments below.
If you would like support in understanding these two areas for yourself, schedule a time to talk. I would be happy to help you through it.
Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.