Add Balance to Your Life by Increasing Your Productivity
There are only so many hours in a day.
Being more productive means getting more out of the limited time we have available.
Despite how productive you might already be, odds are you can enhance your productivity even more while balancing your life. Being more productive can lead to having more time available for life’s more enjoyable activities.
These simple ideas can lead to higher levels of productivity:
💡 Use a timer.
Before starting a task, take a moment to assess how long it should take. Set a timer for that amount of time and get busy. Using a timer has multiple benefits:
- It provides an obvious stopping point. You don’t need to watch the clock.
- You’re less likely to allow distractions to become an issue. It’s easier to put all those distractions aside until the timer sounds or the task is complete.
- A timer is a wonderful tool for focusing your mind on the task at hand. Try it and you’ll see how much it helps. A timer seems to be especially effective for those with attention and focus challenges.
💡 Avoid perfection.
Tasks require different levels of quality. You shouldn’t spend 10 minutes trying to get a postage stamp perfectly aligned in the corner of an envelope. As long as it’s somewhere in the top right corner, the letter will get to the proper destination.
It’s likely you’re giving some tasks too much time and attention. Ask yourself how good it needs to be and refrain from doing significantly more.
💡 Make a to-do list and prioritize.
A to-do list forces you to think about what needs to be done.
Prioritizing that list will work even better. The 3 most important tasks are usually more important than all the other items on the list combined. Check off each task as you go, and enjoy tracking your progress.
💡 Create your to-do list the day before.
Instead of waking up and trying to figure out how you’re going to spend your day, take a little time at the end of the day to create tomorrow’s to-do list. Your mind will be free to tackle the first task immediately the next morning.
💡 Embrace old technology.
You’ll probably find it’s faster and easier to use a paper and pen instead of your smartphone for many tasks.
You can probably write faster than you can accurately type on that small, virtual keyboard. It’s also easier to keep everything where you can easily see it. Ask yourself if your electronic gadgets make sense for the task at-hand.
💡 Close your e-mail and other distracting apps.
Making a quick check of your email or Facebook account can quickly turn into 20 minutes or more of lost time. It can be more effective to schedule short, timed breaks to address these common distractions.
💡 Limit yourself to one task at a time.
This is one of my personal issues as a human that I have to keep myself aware of. Otherwise, I start on one thing, get distracted, move to another and then to another, then back to the original.
Research shows that it’s much more effective to focus on one task at a time. Complete one task before moving on to the next. You’ll get more accomplished and it’s so much easier to stay focused.
If you effectively use your time to enhance your performance at work, you could also increase your leisure time and be on your way to living a balanced life. Simple ideas can have significant results. Experiment with different options until you find the strategies that are most effective for you.
Till next time…
Love & Light, 🙏🌈🙏
Your Mindset Transformation Virtuoso & Nature Goddess Guide
Written on 9 October, 2020
Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.
In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.
Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).
Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.
Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.
Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.
Dawn-Marie is a:
- Certified Mindset Transformation Coach
- Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide
- Certified Law of Attraction Wealth Practitioner
- Certified Fraud Examiner and
- Certified Internal Controls Auditor