For all of us who need more time to get everything done, today, February 29, is the day!
In theory, Leap Day gives us an additional 24 hours to dedicate to all those things we didn’t accomplish in the last three years. If this were true, we’d all be celebrating on March 1. Truth is, we don’t need more time. We all have the same number of hours each day. Most likely, we just don’t use them effectively or at least to their best advantage. So what keeps us from being productive? Here are a few things that I’ve got to work on. Ask yourself these questions to see if they can help you get back on track as well.
- Are you taking care to manage your health? Do you eat a minimum of 3 healthy meals a day? Do you exercise regularly? (Walking counts!) Do you get sufficient sleep? An unhealthy lifestyle can make all of your great ideas ineffective because you don’t have the strength and stamina to see them through.
- Do you plan and prioritize what needs to be done? Making a To Do list is a great idea if it is realistic and the items are prioritized so that the most important and not necessarily the urgent ones get done. (We’re talking about the burning items that pop up, not real emergencies.) If your project list is long, don’t write it down every day. That’s actually a time waster on two counts. If you realistically have too many other items on your list for the day, not only do you not have time to get it done, but the lack of achievement drags you down. Instead, just right down what you actually need to do that day. If you have extra time, then you can work on something from the main project list. BTW – if you do get time to work on it, then add it to your list so you can realistically see where your time is being spent.
- Are you procrastinating? You know what you have to do, but it still is not getting done. Is it something you dislike doing? Is it overwhelming for any of a myriad of reasons? If so, do it first and get it over with. Just starting the project often produces the momentum you need to accomplish the task.
I could list more, but this gives me enough to work on for now. Why not join me in taking this Leap Day challenge. Keep it up and we may not need Leap Day when it comes around in 2016.