WHY PUSHING TOO HARD IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

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For some time now I have been faced with a feeling, and I thought I’d share it with you as you might recognize yourself being in a similar situation.

WHEN IS IT PROCRASTINATION AND WHEN IS IT NOT?

This is how it goes. I have lately been working two jobs as I was quitting one and moving into another one that would allow me to work less and focus more on my own business. I needed to have a good transition between the two, especially financially, so they did overlap a bit. On top of that, I have three small girls living with me every other week.

Normally, I am well organized and know what to do and when to do it but lately, I have found myself procrastinating a lot, not getting things done that I want to get done and letting my systems stay unattended for days, which usually leads to overwhelm and stress for me. I have a lot on my plate and it needs to be organized to run smoothly.

I have felt there is something else to this “procrastination”, something that is telling me that maybe it isn’t procrastination after all. Maybe it is my subconscious being smart. I have been running quite fast for some time and that is all fine, but there need to be time for recovery following a busy period, and I have not given myself that rest. So instead of procrastination, it's actually my system saying “I need to recover, I need to rest, give me a break please”.

WHAT I DID DIFFERENTLY AND HOW IT HELPED ME 

I have now given myself that well needed break. Pausing several projects and taking time for myself. And the result has been fantastic! I am now inspired to accomplish what I need to do, easily and happily. The feeling of struggling is gone. And this is a HUGE difference. Because what happens when I push too hard is that I feel tired, weak and often worried. And when I allow recovery, I feel stronger and I get back the desire to move towards my dreams and conquer my fears.

So anytime you feel heavy resistance towards things that you know are in line with your desires, you need to stop and make sure you haven’t ended up pushing yourself too hard and have stopped listening to yourself and your deeper needs.

Can you recognize yourself in this? When was a time that you pushed yourself too hard? Please head over to my Facebook page and share your experience.


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HOW PUTTING A THEME TO YOUR DAYS WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

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THE PRICE OF SWITCHING BETWEEN TASKS

When you have many things on your plate it can be difficult to focus. You might feel torn between all the different things that need to be done and you end up switching between them. You feel distracted and unproductive and it depletes your energy. Let me give you an example from my own life.

I always have blog posts to write, content to prepare for my Facebook page and Facebook group, marketing to do, prepare other content and trainings, help clients, work in my consultancy business etc. If I try to do a little bit of everything on any given day, I get nothing done and I feel scattered and tired.

There is a better way! I promise! A way that makes life easier and more fun. It’s when we get into a flow that we feel accomplished and satisfied and life is good. And we can only get into the flow when we allow ourselves to focus on one thing at a time.

4 STEPS TO A BETTER APPROACH

1. Put a theme to your days

When you put a theme to your days it can for example look like this; content creation on Mondays, product creation on Tuesdays, client work on Wednesdays, business development on Thursdays and admin on Fridays. You start by making a list of different “themes” of work you have in your business or at work. When you have identified the themes, you decide which day to work on what theme, and set aside time in your calendar.

2. Make a checklist

Make a checklist for the themed part of each day (some days you might only have before lunch themed). Make the checklist as detailed as you can so each task is small and feels easy to start and finish. When you have a checklist that works, you can almost work on autopilot. Each day will have a different checklist depending on the theme.

3. Use a habit tracker

Track the days and the completion of the checklists each day on a paper or with a habit tracker. (“Way of life” is a good one.) For each day that you can check off the completion of the checklist for the themed day, you will feel better and better. The tracking system you set up will give you a great overview of how you are doing. And when you have gotten started, you don’t want to break the streak of checked days. 😉

4. Decide where to do the work

Decide where the best place is to do the work each day. If I go back to my own example. When it’s an admin day I want to be in my home office, but for content creation, I love to sit in a hotel lobby or at a café with some focus music in my ears. I get so much more done that way. If you are not sure what the best place is for you, test and see what works best for you.

Okay, now it’s your turn to sit down and go through these 4 steps and create a themed week. I think you will see an increase in your productivity when you stick to your new plan. 😃

And don’t forget to share what your themed days will look like. You can do that on my Facebook page.


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HOW TO EASILY PRIORITIZE A LIST

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THE PROBLEM OF NOT KNOWING HOW TO PRIORITIZE A LIST

Have you ever found yourself with a list of things to do for the day and you don’t know where to start, what to do first and what comes next? Or you have a list of goals or destinations you want to travel to or something else and you wonder how to go about choosing which one to start with? I have found a way that works really well for me and I want to share it with you.

Imagine a list of goals:
Goal A
Goal B
Goal C
Goal D
Goal E

HOW TO GO ABOUT PRIORITIZING THAT LIST

1. Compare goal A to B and see which one is a win for you and you take that one and compare to C, and the one coming out as the top one gets compared to D, and the one that is a win this time you compare to E etc. You ALWAYS continue to the end, until there’s nothing left on your list. You end up with one goal, let’s say it was goal C. You write down goal C at the top of another list and cross it off the original list.

2. You go back to the original list and compare goal A to goal B again, to see which one is a stronger “yes" for you. DON’T fall into the trap of not comparing them again because you already did the first time. But as soon as one is picked the subconscious might value things differently. That has happened to me over and over again. So diligently go through the whole list like you did the first time and listen for the answers once more, like you had never asked the question before. When you have gone through this process a second time you will have a new goal at the end that you can write down in second place on the new list.

3. Now it’s time to go back and do this a third and fourth time until all goals on the list are transferred to the new list.

4. You have ended up with a list of all the goals in the right order. It might not be what you expected. My mind and my subconscious seldom pick the same order. 😉

This is a powerful process that will bypass your mind and connect with your subconscious and therefore be more accurate according to the bigger picture of things.

The process might seem daunting or time-consuming, but very soon you will get fast at deciding when you get to know your own inner signals for yes and no.

Good luck with prioritizing!


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