“I just don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done!” is a shared refrain I’m hearing from my clients. Truth be told, I’ve muttered it more than a few times to myself in addition! In a world where information, resources and tools are obtainable at your fingertips, it can be a challenge to walk that fine line between being productive and being burnt out.
A friend of mine I spoke to told me she was struggling to decide on whether to accept a new opportunity in her business and that “I’m not sure I have the psychic bandwidth right now to really take that on!” I loved that phrase, because our brains do function like computers. Let me proportion some strategies for good computer maintenance we can apply that can help us become more clear, productive and less overwhelmed.
Step 1. “Defrag Your Brain” Regularly
I loved the phrase “Defrag your brain” which I heard from innovator and thought leader, Andrea Lee. She notes most of us are more habituated to cleaning the lint drawer in our dryers than we are taking the “lint” that can collect in our minds.
The information “defrag” comes from the defragmentation course of action computers regularly undergo as a method to free up unused space in its memory. Over time, data gets stored in the computer in ways that isn’t efficient, with many gaps appearing between files. The data becomes fragmented, which slows down the speed of the computer.
Tip: Set aside regular times to “defrag your brain.” Beyond just an annual year-end review, I recommend setting aside at the minimum once a quarter for big defrag/review sessions, in addition as shorter monthly ones to keep you on track. Block off your next defrag session in your calendar before the end of today.
Step 2. What do I “No”?
We all know that when you run too many programs on your computer, the speed slows you down. To get back to peak efficiency, you need to find those unnecessary programs and turn them off.
A great question I learned from Andrea is “What do I ‘No’?” already with the best time management, organization and priority-setting systems in the world, we can’t do it all – at the minimum not all at the same time. If you say yes to everything, you end up diffusing your energy and focus. Not only are you spreading yourself thin, but you won’t be able to create the results you want.
Tip: To help defrag your brain, ask yourself what you need to say “No” to. What is on your plate that you know in your heart is not your highest priority, or an expression of your life’s purpose? If you feel a lukewarm response, that really method a “No” or a “No, not now.”
Step 3. Know When to Call Tech sustain
Einstein was absolutely right when he said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. If you find yourself persistently in a pattern of procrastination, indecision or overwhelm, you might have picked up a mental virus somewhere along the line! Somewhere in your subconscious programming there is a sub-routine running in the background that needs to be removed or simply upgraded to sustain the next greatest version of you. instead of continuing on your own, you can often save time, money and heartache by calling upon a coach or someone with specialized skill who can help you to breakthrough the pattern. This way you get to clarity, confidence and results much quicker!
Tip: Notice if you feel stuck in a loop where your productivity seems to drop off regularly. If Steps 1 and 2 aren’t producing results, reach out for sustain from someone else to give you perspective and coaching. Working with a coach, finding an accountability buddy or joining a mastermind group are great ways to improving persistent and stubborn productivity and focus droughts!