Brace yourself. You may not be ready to hear this. The most successful way to be more productive is to work less. Are you rolling your eyes saying “yeah sure it is”? Are you doubtful? Skeptical? We get it. It seems dramatically counterintuitive. Let us unpack this a bit for you.
Your brain + body are working against you
Our brains are not designed to bounce between projects. Doing less means you are able to actually fully concentrate your energy on only important + worthy tasks. Most of us that are busy end up jumping between tasks, which increases the likelihood that we will get even less done.
So instead of looking at or feeling that never-ending to do list, start by choosing the #1 thing that needs to get done that day and 4 that it would be really awesome if they were completed.
Then, your first job is to complete that #1 thing on your list of five. This is called eating the frog.
The expression comes means that at the start of each day if you eat the frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are done with the worst or hardest thing you’ll have to do today. It is also way easier to eat the frog if you start there because you have more energy, patience, and ability to concentrate.
Next, you’ll have just four more tasks to aim to complete. But, how do you prioritize?
One of the biggest game-changing parts of doing less is that it forces you to focus on what really matters. There will no longer be time to waste on busy work. So, how do you choose?
Start by putting your tasks into 4 categories:
- Important, urgent
- Important, non-urgent
- Non-important, urgent
- Non-important, non-urgent
Once you have decided what goes where follow these steps:
- Important, urgent: This is where to spend your time
- Important, non-urgent: Schedule a time for it in the future. Time block it on your calendar
- Non-important, urgent: Can it be delegated? Delegate this!
- Non-important, non-urgent: Re-evaluate why you are doing it in the first place. Can it be eliminated?
If you are ready to dive deeper into this, check out Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The Balance Trap
Achieving balance is a goal so many of us set out after. Maybe when we start a new job or for our new year’s resolution we decide to strive for balance. But is balance even real?
Balance is defined as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Is that even possible in day to day life? I would argue not.
What would it feel like instead to strive for flow? Sometimes work needs more of you, sometimes family needs more of you and on occasion, they both get their fair share. Big projects come up at work and require more hours. Family celebrations + emergencies come up that you want to be 100% present for. So what would it mean to strive for a constant flow instead of a straight line that just doesn’t seem achievable?
Be where your feet are
Regardless of what you take from this blog, we hope you take this with you. Be where your feet are. When you are at work, be at work. But also, the harder task, when you are home, be 100% home.
Yes, we know many of us work from home or are on call. So what boundaries can we set around this? Do you choose a time the office door or laptop screen closes everyday? Is there a way to pack up or remove your work from your home space? Can your phone stay in a basket to only be checked at certain times?
Here is another great book if you could use some support in this area.
Why does any of this matter
Stress. Stress is a leading cause of infertility. Just search it on your site and you will see multiple podcast episodes with leaders in the space sharing exactly how stress is dramatically impacting your chances of pregnancy success. There are many ways to address this, yet if you are a workaholic, we recommend you start here.
To learn more about how the Fab Fertile Method can help improve your chances of getting pregnant naturally, apply here. We’ll come up with a plan specifically designed for your situation. We specialize in low AMH, high FSH, premature ovarian insufficiency, and diminished ovarian reserve.
Blog by Samantha Coffin – Fertility Coach at Fab Fertile Inc.