The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
With January 1, no matter where you live and what you do, you have the opportunity to look at the coming year as a fresh slate.
As each new day unfolds, maybe you’re wondering: “How can I use my time wisely?” “What can I do to stay focused and be more efficient and effective with each moment?” I invite you to take a deep breath and relax. Don’t stress yourself as you think about productivity; instead, let yourself just open to the possibilities.
Whatever your goals may be …
… your key to accomplishing them is to break them down into small, doable chunks. The smaller you think, the more likely you are to get to your really big goals.
Why? Because you’re more likely to take small steps that large, daunting ones. And each time you accomplish one of the small goals you’ve set for yourself, you build confidence and self trust. And what that means, in turn, is that the next step can even be a little bit bigger – because you are that much more sure of yourself and your ability to follow-through.
One excellent way to break things up for yourself is to use time increments. Think about a very large goal – decluttering your kitchen, for example. It may seem daunting as a whole, but if you commit to addressing it in small chunks of time on a regular basis, you’ll see the changes really take hold over time.
For this particular task, you might commit to spend 15-minutes a day decluttering, staring with one cupboard. Or, if time increments don’t appeal to you, you could commit to something like getting rid of one unneeded item a day. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s small enough to give yourself a chance to let your productivity take hold – and your confidence grow.
For some excellent ideas about time-based productivity regimens, I recommend “Seven 52 Week Challenges for an Incredibly Productive Year” on lifehacker. Here’s just one example (and it’s one you may be familiar with from postings on Facebook and other social media sites:
The 52 Week Money Challenge is a perfect example of how weekly challenges can help you achieve more. In this challenge, you start with a small deposit, increase the deposit amount by a dollar every week, and watch the savings snowball. Even if you’re already saving a percentage of your income automatically, this challenge encourages you to save even more.
Remember, the key to your productivity is small bites … in the service of your time success!
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