It’s feels good to be busy. It’s like all the awesomeness of productivity without all of the work.
Except most of the time we actually want what productivity provides. The step forward toward a dream or a goal. The ability to say we have accomplished something. Getting out of the rut of busy can be difficult. Below are 5 steps that will move you from moving paper to making paper.
1. List things out! You can use the GTD method, the Oh – remember lists are never done. They will never be complete. So relax and go to sleep with a light heart knowing you got the most important things done.
2. Take breaks. While skipping lunch might seem the appropriate “I’m to busy and productive” thing to do. It hinders you in the end. It’s like trying to talk your car out of needing gas. It doesn’t work and you look slightly crazy.
Except if your car is KITT. You’re not crazy if you’re talking to KITT.
3. Do a happy dance. Enjoy the progress you make. If you got that first cold call out of the way – do the running man!
4. Say NO! The awesome thing about NO is that it does not physically close doors. So while an opportunity might not be right for you now – you can revisit it later. And there’s no iron door blocking you.
5. Rinse and Repeat. I promise – if you keep doing these steps you’ll be amazed at what you accomplish and that you are not out of your mind.
What do you do to stay productive?
This will be short and simple. My favorite quote ever:
Here is the song that it comes from. I love the interlude. You cannot listen to this and not be happy.
Where do your favorite quotes come from?
Hindsight is a terrible thing. It leads you to believe that what is so patently obvious to you now should have been patently obvious then. This, of course, is not the truth. What is true, is that now is the best time to sprint forward. Because let’s be serious, hindsight will always add its two cents. What you cannot recover from is middling around until the opportunity is no longer an opportunity but this:
And that is just sad.
However, curiosity got me and I ruminated on what I would tell my younger self.
This is what I came up with:
1. Communicate – People actually like to here your opinion,thoughts, and ideas when they care.
2. Your body will do weird things – Don’t let the mechanics of your body being your body let you stop living your life.
3.You’re Enough – Who you are is enough, you just have to share.
But that really doesn’t matter because the Journey is how I got here. Besides, if I told myself what I know now I’d have a whole host of other things to learn.
Now here’s a doozy. We all know what we would tell our 11-year-old self is patently obvious. What would you tell your last week self?
How do you find people that make your heart sing. How do you connect with those who not only bring you up but make you laugh? At WHO?Bags we’re always looking for woman who reflect acknowledgment, passion, and commitment as part of their core. And to find them we do a lot of things. But really it just boils down to:
Tips for meeting _____ type people. Because really it’s just about meeting people.
We all want to be listened to – but more than that it makes it easier to connect. I don’t know what we share until I know you.
People actually want to know who you are. And the ones that don’t well, we don’t have to say anything there.
Keep doing this until you can’t imagine life without this person and you’re besties. Or until you can call them up and have a drink.
Either way this is short because the steps are simple. We get in the way sometimes. But making friends, a constant opening up and sharing and then listening, is easy. Every now and then you throw in a libation and it’s perfect.
However, I have been known to view things in a completely black and white way. What did I miss in the process of making friends. Is it not that easy?
Failure sucks. There are no two ways about it.
Fail Forward. Fail Faster. Yes, yes, yes. But it doesn’t make failure suck any less.
But, after the disappointment of failure there is a brighter, bird filled side.
I remember failing in college.
For years, I said I would study abroad, after all this is what college was about. Well, I got to my sophomore year and I realized that nope – I will not be studying abroad. I was devastated. I really had planned my junior year abroad like people plan weddings. I wrote an email to my mother stating that I was a failure and screwed up college. I lost my excitement about my senior year. I just didn’t see the point any more.
I came out the other side. I realized I needed to add some planning and intention coupled with action to my life. It was a “growing up” lesson.
I have failed since. I sometimes feel like I’m failing now. The great thing is my relationship to failure is changing. I wish I could say it has changed. Alas, I am not so transformed as to dance with failure like it’s a long lost partner. So, for now, it’s a changing relationship and I’m happy about that.
One day I will be able to say without sarcasm:
Until that time. I will play with my feelings of failure knowing that they are not me, but still make me sad.
How do you deal with failure?
Find what you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Hm. I think not. I get the premise but don’t believe it. To me, that sounds like marry your best friend and you’ll never have to work at marriage.
One of the things I have learned about working with others in a corporate environment is that people matter. They can make the work situation amazing or they can make it a death of a thousand cuts.
However, I can’t say that I have had a bad experience. Some eye brow raising but nothing that induced me to bludgeon people. I would really love to hear your best and worst experiences! Share! Share! Share!