We are all always looking for better or more efficient ways at being productive. And when we use the word productive, we are usually referring to being able to get more done is less time. What I want to challenge with you this post today is to know why you want to be more productive? Why do you want to get more done?
Now, I know that might sound like a stupid question at first, but take just a second and think about it. Do you want to get more done so you have even more stuff to do? Believe me, I get it. [...]
This post was written and first published over 2 years ago. While my life has changed quite a bit, the message here is still the same: Mothers have got to take care of themselves. In ALL ways.
So let me ask you:
As a busy wife and mother who was, up until last year, working 80+ hours a week, I did not take much time for myself. I did not eat well, sleep well, exercise or take time to just BE.
I also neglected my health.
I did not go to the dentist for over 2 years. I [...]
Sometimes we long for an adventurous life. We want to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. And in some occasions that may be a good thing, but for the most part, routines and habits can be a good thing. Having the important daily things on autopilot, if you will, gives you more time and more brain power for doing all those other exciting things, even if it is just playing Legos with your kids or taking a walk in the park.
10 things you should do every day*
1. Drink enough water. And be sure [...]
Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, browser tasks, social media, emails, meetings, rushing from one thing to another, never pausing and never ending.
Then the day is over, and we are exhausted, and we often have very little to show for it. And we start the next day, ready for a mindless stream of tasks and distractions.
I am a fan of going against the stream of what most people do, and taking a step back. Is it really worth it? Is this the best way? Are we losing our lives to busy-ness and distraction?
Productive – Having the power of producing; generative; creative
To produce –
1. to bring into existence; give rise to; cause.
2. to bring into existence by intellectual or creative ability.
3. to make or manufacture.
4. to provide, furnish, or supply; yield.
It seems that the process of being productive would require hard work or creativity, at the very least. The problem is, our lives today are so filled with a lot of mundane tasks that the creative, hard work sometimes gets pushed to the side.
One way to make room for the productive opportunities is to create effective routines for the things that we [...]
*This post was originally published in 2011 on Living the Balanced Life.
In hearing Liz Gumbinner speak at Typeacon this past Saturday, it became even more solidified in my mind that for us to be successful women, in whatever type of business or personal life we have, we have to stop trying to do it all.
As I talked about a couple of months ago in a previous post titled Good enough is the new perfect, we have been encouraged from the generation before us and our current generation that we CAN have it all. Well if we try to [...]
Holes in my brain
I am convinced that extreme stress has a swiss cheese effect on the brain. I do believe that there are holes in my brain that cause me all kinds of trouble.*
You see, I am like most other women, especially the type-A women out there. I knew “everything”. I kept up with where everyone’s shoes were, whether Sherri needed her uniform for a game tomorrow, that the dog needed to go to the vet, that we needed milk and toilet paper, that the car needed gas and the right front tire was running [...]