“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr Wayne Dyer
Time, a precious commodity is something we normally feel an acute lack of in our normal day-to-day lives, yet for many in selected isolation or required quarantine, time is now in surplus.
What to do? How we look at this time can either be viewed as a curse or a gift.
Yes, what’s going on right now in the world is difficult, even tragic, yet for most of us it will be an inconvenience or if we do get sick, statistically we have an enormous chance of recovery.
Let’s focus on the positive thought that most of us will recover!
The helpers and givers of the world know this and are doing their part to help all of us! People who work in the medical field, the food/necessities manufacturing and distribution sectors are committed to keeping all of us alive and thriving!
If you’re in isolation or quarantine, using your time constructively starts with seeing the flower in the situation and looking at time as a gift!
How does one stop watching endless Netflix and TV, get off the sofa and into a more productive mindset?
I know about personal time management, having written 2 books (one still a final draft manuscript which is seeking a literary agent and publisher) and created numerous journals for your development, all while working full time (some of which was during a time period when my marriage crumbled and when my youngest granddaughter was going through her 2nd cancer battle and I was living with my daughter to help with the 3 kiddos!) Not to mention all the artwork I create and the blogging I do!
Here’s what I learned:
First Steps to Productivity
1) Set yourself some goals!
What have you wanted to do but never had the time? Have you wanted to write? Start a creative pursuit? Take workshops to write or create? Get started on a nutrition and fitness lifestyle? Some other awesome dream?
Write down 1 or 2 goals!
Mind tip: Don’t limit yourself to thinking about only what you can accomplish during this time at home, but that this time will springboard you into starting your plans and getting the first part on it’s way!
2) Designate a space to achieve your goals
I set up a work area at my table for my laptop so I can separate my work time – at the table – and my relaxation time – on my sofa. Having designated spaces (even in a tiny apartment) helps with re-focusing our minds!
3) Set a work schedule
Whether you’re going to work at home solo or with kids around, it’s really important to set up a schedule to plan for work and break times!
This is a very important step, because we give our subconscious mind the permission it needs to get started!
4) Get started!
Just do it! The beginning steps may look and feel haphazard, but that’s okay! You’ll massage out the bumps as you go! Keep at it!
Even if your very first steps require more planning and getting information, that’s not wasted time! It’s part of your process you need to follow!
Writing tip: One trick I learned was to use my phone to take notes! Read more about that here! Note Writing and Making To-Do Lists… Here’s a cool trick!
Drop me a line and let me know what you’ve decided to do with your time! I’d love to hear from you!
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