We all work hard and it seems like there’s always more work to be done.
I’ve noticed something about myself and I’m wondering if it’s the same for you. When I plan out my day and stick to the plan I get a ton done.
When I just have an idea of what I’m going to do, I don’t get as much done. Yet, I still feel like I worked just as hard. How does that happen?
This morning I realized how it happens for me.
I work from home in the mornings and I had great plans on important things to do. Then I decided I needed to upload the video of my daughter’s recent musical performance. My phone didn’t sync with my Mac, so I had to download a program – 30 minutes gone.
Then I noticed a few hundred photos on my phone that were taking up space so I decided I needed to upload select photos from my phone to my Mac – another 20 minutes gone.
And so it went:
Check my email — four different accounts – 25 minutes
Send YouTube video I created to a contact (and watch some of my old ones) – 30 minutes
Check FB messages and notifications – 5 minutes
Renew my library books online – 5 minutes
I finally shook myself and realized that although I felt like I was working I had spent almost 2 hours doing absolutely nothing on my daily planner. Not good.
I hadn’t planned well, and I wasn’t even sticking to my not so great plan. It wasn’t that the things I was doing were bad, it’s just that they were taking me away from the more productive things I really wanted to get done.
When I stick to my plan and work in hour blocks on my most important thing that aligns with my purpose, great things happen.
We can spend all day working on things that aren’t very important, or we can focus on the things that really matter. At the end of the day we’ll be tired either way.
The first way is an empty, dissatisfied, frustrated tired.
The second way is a job well done, life is good, earned relaxation now kind of tired. I love days like that.