calendar with pinsI am busy. Like, really busy. And, I know that you are too. We all are. Today’s post is about how I maintain a high level of productivity despite the fact that I am being pulled in a million directions all the time.

1. I take care of myself: This may sound like a no-brainer but I have heard from about 79-too-many moms out there complaining about not having time for themselves because they give it all away. Well, I for one am not impressed by the mommy-martyr. I choose to put myself on the top of the list. If I need to work out or go out or write in quiet or spend a little investing in myself, than I will do that. My family needs me sane and happy so they accommodate that.
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2. I take care of my health: The #1 killer of productivity is not being in great health. I eat well, I exercise, I take my vitamins, I get plenty of sleep (see #3), and keep my stress low.

3. I get plenty of sleep: During the week, I am very rarely up past 10pm. Most nights I am in bed between 9 and 9:30. I get about 8-9 hours of sleep on most nights. Now, the exception to this is those of you with little babies. But, if your kids are sleeping thru the night, so should you. Don’t stay up checking emails or goofing around on facebook. Put (insert new game for iPhone I don’t about here) away and go to bed. Leave the laundry until tomorrow or the weekend. Sleep is more important.

4. I do what I love: I don’t mind working on my ‘work’ because I love it! I really do. Both of my jobs! When I am talking to someone about small changes they can make in their lives to make them healthier, happier, feel better, it fills me with joy. That’s not work. Also, when you get to make your own schedule, you can work during your periods of high productivity.

5. I do very little multi-tasking: I find that my mind works better and I produce better work when I am focused on one task. Doing it all at once, doesn’t work for me. If I am working on something and a distraction pops into my brain, I ‘capture’ it somewhere, and continue with what I am doing. If you have too many balls in the air, you WILL drop one.

6. I take professional development seriously: I read books and watch videos and do trainings and ask questions and go to conferences. The better my skills are, the more productive I will be. In this day and age, there are so many resources no matter what you do for a living. There are free TED talks on every possible topic, watch 2 a week. There are approximately a bazillion books written on sales, marketing, business, etc. Read one every month.
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7. I say NO: I talk about this a lot and it was very hard for me to get used to. But, I say no when I don’t want to do something. I am already so busy doing things I DO want to do, why waste times on things I don’t want to do.

What about you? What do you do to stay productive?

*****Work with me**** If you are interested in taking a little more control of your schedule and want to create something of your own, send me an email. I’d be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have.

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