Work at Your Peak and Sidestep Productivity Traps

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Work at your peak by letting go…

Finding time to work at your peak and avoid productivity traps is a time challenge that we all face.  

And it’s a challenge that we cal all overcome, too.

So today, I want to share 5 timely tips to help you work at your peak and stay on track.

These tips are especially helpful when your stress rises and the going gets tough.  The reality is that the busier you get, the harder it is to work at your peak. And also, the more likely you are to be pulled off course.  

In fact, what is going to be most helpful to you when stressed is often exactly the opposite of what your initial impulse may be.

So, what helps?  Well, here are 5 tips to get you on track and keep you there.

Work at your peak with these 5 tips:

Define your task:

Envision your end point, and brainstorm what you need to reach it. What is the most direct route? Write it down.

Let simplicity be your guide; include only the items necessary to accomplish your task. Too many details can lead to overwhelm and procrastination. If you get tangled in the minutiae, tell yourself to shift gears and refocus on translating thought into action.

Staying Focused Means Saying No:

Just keep saying YES to your focus and NO to your distractions. You need boundaries to stay focused, and practice really helps.

Keep a notepad nearby so you can jot down things that tug at your attention. Promise yourself to come back to them later. Set a specific time for doing this. Make it a reward for staying on track right now. When you can trust that you’ll come back to something later, you’ll be more willing to let it go in the moment.

When You’re Tempted to Accelerate, Put on the Brakes:

Learn to recognize feelings of overwhelm and stress. When you feel them, take a breath.

Stopping to gather yourself puts your feet back on the ground and puts YOU back in charge of your time. Working from a proactive rather than a reactive place always enhances your energy and creativity, as well as your productivity.

Your To-Do List Should Serve YOU (Not Vice Versa):

Only put on your list what you can realistically do and are motivated to do.

If you can’t finish a project today, don’t put it on today’s list. Or just enter the small portion you can accomplish. Anything else goes onto your weekly or monthly list, in doable chunks! Your To-Do List can help you stay focused and productive. For that to work, it needs to be something that you want to look at, rather than a source of stress and/or guilt.

Don’t Just Put on the Brakes, But Give Yourself Breaks:

If you don’t GIVE yourself regular breaks, you can rest assured that you’ll find ways to TAKE them.

Schedule a specific time every day for spontaneous pleasure. The more consistently you enjoy this special portion of your day, the easier it will be to reject impulsive choices.

And when all’s said and done, don’t forget to give yourself a friendly pat on the back as you look at your To Do List, with Today’s Tasks all checked off.

Remember that you are in charge, and you really can find time to get everything done. So, which tip will you implement today, to get started?

And here’s more help…

If procrastination holds you back, you’re certainly not alone. Millions of people struggle with this energy draining time thief. Procrastination’s costs include lost productivity, lost income, lost opportunities, frazzled nerves and damaged relationships.

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“I Don’t Know Where to Start!” unmasks this time thief with exercises to help you identify your own unique brand of procrastination. And it provides insights to help you successfully address what you discover.

That’s the good news! You really can make conscious choices about your time and how to use it. And you really can change old habits and patterns. Using the tools and skills you’ll learn in “I Don’t Know Where to Start” you’ll get started and keep going!

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Let’s explore time together …

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