So I have a confession to make, I have not posted in a while. Not because I did not want to; not because I did not have anything interesting and worthwhile to say, but mostly because I have been completely distracted.
Have you ever had a million things to complete and do and almost no time to get it done? The time seems to be flying by and you are working even slower than a snail crawling across a busy street? That has been me the past four weeks. I started October, working on my business plan for 2016, and showing you how to do the same. At the same time, I was busy fulfilling my duty as PTO President at my son’s school and getting ready for the annual Fall Festival. I was preparing for the Virtual Presentation on Trademarks and I was finalizing a joint venture.
By the time November rolled around all I wanted to do was sleep. But I had more work to do. Lots more work to do, but I could not seem to get any of it done. I had my calendar, my planner, my checklists, and all of the organizational tools necessary to be productive. Yet, I still was by all accounts unproductive. As I sat in my home office staring at the walls, arguing with myself to get it together, I started to wonder why was I being such a slacker.
Does your brain need a break?
That was my Google question. You would be amazed how much that query returns. The point wasn’t that I was not productive enough or that I did not have the desire to get things done. I just needed to give it a rest for a moment. While a lot of people suggest meditation (which is probably best) I like to daydream. Not about work and how I am actually getting things done, but about things that I want to do, conversations that I would like to have, and sleeping (yes, I know that is weird). Having that moment of “all about me time” is helpful to get back into the swing of things.
Every now and again you need to focus on something else. Yes, I know that doesn't help your cause of productivity, but healthy levels of fund during work can be useful. Personally (because I am a nerd), I like to research things that I am interested. I mentioned earlier, I am the PTO President so, I take time to work on PTO stuff at times. I also, like to catch up on tennis matches so I check the latest blogs and gossip that is going around. Also, if I have time to think about vacations, I take the time to research some places I would like to go some day. It’s fun and once I have done those things, I am ready to focus back on work and what I need to do for the day.
Change of scenery.
I have the luxury of working from home. I also have an office where I can work as well. If I want I can go almost any place to work as long as there is Wi-Fi. There is a certain freedom in that. But not everyone has that luxury, I understand that, but the truth is you are no necessary stuck at your desk through the work day or week. As I realized that I was approaching deadlines and still had no motivation, I sought a change of scenery. This helped me to drown out other distractions. I took the files for the two clients that I needed to work on the most and left the house. I actually went to my office and worked in the conference room. Oddly (or maybe not), I was able to do in four hours what I could not do in four days. As I rounded out the week, I was so happy that I actually finished something! On to the next week!
Finish the old before creating the new!
So this week, I am actually posting my first blog in about four weeks. I am going to finish a few projects that have been hanging in the winds for a while. I have made a commitment to finish those things before I start anything new. As business owners, we get overwhelmed at the rate out to do lists grow. But sometimes that is of our own making. Give it a rest! You need to in order to be productive!
Shahara Wright is an experienced and highly sought after business law attorney and business strategist. She is the author of From Entrepreneur to CEO and host of the CEO Collaboration Circle. Shahara founded The CEO Effect, LLC to work with small business owners who want to implement strategy to build capacity.