"Wow I've been so busy today"
I remember uttering these words after spending yet another day in front of my computer thinking of ways to start my blog. I was so excited to start my journey as a blogger. After days of "working on my blog" I finally sat down to examine what I actually got done, and boy was I surprised. Why?
I didn't do anything! I quickly realized, although I spent hours on the computer being busy, nothing that I did was actually productive. I spent most of my time jumping from site to site, trying to figure out what I should do. I had no clear plan, no clear goal. I was simply busy for the sake of being busy!
In that moment I realized that, yes it is possible to be busy, but there is a difference between being busy and being productive. You can be so busy doing SO many things, but you never get ONE thing done well. I have learned that its better to do one thing well than 10 things half way. The lessons learned from this time were valuable, and once I examined and fixed them, I was able to get my blog up and running as is today.
Join me as I cover the reasons why you are busy but not productive.
Your Goal Is Not CLear
How can you possibly focus on something when you don't have a clear goal? Having a clear goal is the number one way to clearly plan your strategy. If you are not clear on what you are doing or why you are doing it, there is no way to measure whether or not you are making strides towards achievement. When you have clarity on your goal productivity comes naturally.
Once you have a set goal, make sure you are measuring whether or not you have worked toward that goal. At the end of each day ask yourself these 3 questions:
The only person that can manage your progress is you, and if you want to be productive you have to start with being honest. Don't cheat yourself out of reaching your goals, rather get clear and focus so that you can move forward.
Your Not Prioritizing
Its more important to do one thing well that to do a million things part way.
Prioritizing is vital in achieving any goal. You make think that everything is important but trust me, if everything doesn't get done the world WILL NOT end. Stop trying to do everything at once, instead rank everything on area of priority.
Your priority should be things that move your goal forward. Creating content for your audience is more important that keeping up with web design! Is web design important? Yes! But the truth is you can have the flyest website and the most disorganized content. Focus on the things that are going to keep your audience interested, and that is perfecting what you have to offer!
When prioritizing consider the following:
Once you understand this, work on 1-3 of those tasks a day. If one of your tasks takes up a lot of brain power, then just focus on that 1, OR allow your other 2 to be more simple tasks (not important and can wait). Prioritize and focus on your most important tasks first, and focus on the smaller tasks later.
Remember: Its not about how much you can get done, but about what you can get done well.
Stay tuned for part 2,
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