The easiest way to waste time and kill productivity is to not have a clear idea of exactly what it is you want to do before you start!
So when I sit down to work on my blog without a plan in place, here’s what usually happens!
- I waste several minutes just fidgeting and trying to get physically comfortable
- I waste a few minutes flicking through the tv channels to see if there is something interesting on.
- Then I turn on my computer and go through all my email, facebook, etc.
- Ok, I’m a little hungry now so I have to get something to drink or eat.
- A little while later, I’ll yell at my daughter to see if she’s doing HER homework!
- Time to get up and stretch my legs!
- I check my phone several times for absolutely no reason at all
- Wait…bathroom break!
- Is it hot in here?!
- Then, I’ll go and hug my husband and he’ll ask me what’s wrong and I always say , nothing…I just love you!
- There is usually something really good on TV by now so of course I have to watch!
- So, by this time when I’m absolutely out reasons to keep putting things off, I start to look at whatever I’ve done the day before and begin to finally lay out some tasks I need to do and it’s only THEN that I start to really get some work done!
So, not only have I wasted a lot of valuable time, I’ve killed my sense of motivation and minimized my productivity substantially!
And when you allow your mind to just wonder during a time when you really want to be thinking about something constructive, you can start to second guess yourself and question whatever it is you’re trying to do. And this will cause you to misinterpret your lack of planning as incompetence! Needless to say, you want to avoid this big time!
DO NOT end your day without knowing exactly what you plan to do tomorrow!
You don’t have to plan to do a lot but you do have a specific goal or at the very, very least, a pretty solid idea of what it is you what to accomplish. But keep in mind that the more detailed you are, the more likely it is that you’ll reach your goal and the better you’ll feel about yourself and what you can do!
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