Originally I wasn’t going to do a ‘final thoughts’ post.
My plan was to wrap up with my last post, but then I thought that it would imply that I think that I have life all figured out and everything is easy now, as well as an overall ‘look at how great I am now!’ kind of thing, which isn’t true at all. Getting by from day to day feels easier but I’m not on cruise control by any means.
Just because you have a system in place doesn’t mean that you can kick back and let it do its thing. It is important that you notice when things don’t work out and a process feels like it gets in the way or a list isn’t making any sense. This doesn’t mean your system failed you, just that you have to change it.
The real failure would be in just letting it fail.
Re evaluating the lists, timelines, apps and calendars you rely on will help you stay honest and productive. A way that I make sure that I check myself is that I have events scheduled in my Wunderlist that asks me to do some review.
I do a daily, weekly and monthly review. Each of these reviews look slightly different and last for about 15 minutes. These reviews are opportunities to empty my mind of anything that I might have be needlessly been storing, review my calendar a few days or weeks out, look at my next action items and take a look at how I’ve been using my productivity tools.
Constantly reviewing myself was something that I brushed off when I first heard about it because frankly, it felt like busy work. I did give it a chance and was surprised at how many things I was able to catch with such direct prompts. For me, the structure has given me a starting point, not the end point, that’s for me to figure out.
The other thing that has been an adjustment has been learning to give my mind space to relax. I’m so use to having my mind feel panicked (even if it is only just a little bit) and searching for the next thing I ‘should be’ doing. At times I catch myself trying to find things to worry about. I have to remind myself that everything is taken care of and now I can just clear my mind or focus on something new. This is a problem that feels more like a luxury when it arrives. Most of the time I find that I am chugging along, not too busy or bored either which is the best feeling you can expect to have.
Okay! That’s it for my Productivity Week! I hope you enjoyed it and learned a few helpful bits too. I had so much fun putting this mini series together.
If you have anything that has worked for you, please share! I love to hear about how people are making their life easier so they can enjoy the good stuff even more.
Have a great weekend! I hope it’s productive and restful.