When I first started my business, I was constantly busy with different tasks. I was up late at night and early in the morning. I lost sleep, attended and held meetings, answered phone calls and missed a couple of events. I was an endless storm of busy. Seasons were passing by and I figured no slept meant that things were getting done. Boy how I was ever wrong. Busy did not equal results.
Time was flying by and I noticed that I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I am busy but not productive. The late nights and early mornings were online training. Don’t get me wrong, pieces of training’ are amazing, however, too much training and not enough implementation does not equal productivity. Instead, it equals being busy without results. In the end, I was just losing sleep. In regards to the working hard, well, I was working in 5 or 10-minute increments but spending most of my time scrolling through social media and texting. The meetings I attended and held were like social gatherings. The phone calls, I took quickly turned into conversations about the kids, work relationships, and other unimportant things. The events I missed, I convinced myself that I was being productive however I was allowing distractions to step in. Again none of these things yielded me the results I wanted.
Eventually, I became heartbroken when I realized that I didn’t achieve any of the goals I set forth. I vowed to step my game up if I really wanted to see the desired end goal. I made a list of the tasks that had to be completed. These tasks were leading one step at a time to complete something that would lead to completing another task. One step at a time, building one on top of the other. This is when I started to accomplish my objectives. I just needed to understand the formula: discipline + focus + committed action = productivity.
As a society, we aren’t disciplined or focused. Instead, we are distracted by mediocre things and disorganized with our time. Did you know that on average people are distracted every 11 minutes by their phone? Whether by notification of an app, social media or phone calls. In other cases, thoughts distract you too. Really start to account for your time by using a calendar or other apps to track where most your time is spent. You will be shocked when you realize that you have free time somewhere you didn’t expect. Consider working in 45-minute increments instead of longer spurts. During those 45 minutes, it strictly works, no phone calls, no text messages, no social media, and you’ll be ready to take 100% committed action.
Your results are always proven by the level of commitment, action, and urgency you put behind them.
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