Ever feel like your whole morning disappears, days blur into one, and you're no closer to making your dreams a reality? If you've been on the lookout for some sort of magic bullet that will stop you from faffing about and instead have you focussed and more productive, then I may just have something for you!
Here’s something I’ve learned from one of my mentors: Brendon Burchard
– a motivation guru who coaches navy seals, CEOs, and anyone else who wants their queen of procrastination butt kicked. It’s a surefire way to jumpstart your productivity
and can help you make real headway on what you want to achieve this year. Oh YES!
If you want to become more productive, do NOT “inbox” for the first 60 minutes of your day.
Yep, I’m a diehard fan of this. I promise you, if you want to gain back control of your morning and your life, do not check your email or social networks for at least the first hour of your day.
Continue to do this one thing consistently and Brendon suggests you will find yourself 30% more productive over the course of your week.
It means no devices beside the bed to sneak a peek at the moment you open your eyes. No multitasking with email on your phone as you’re getting breakfast ready, cleaning your teeth, or getting hubby and the kiddos out the door. Nada, zip, zilch of this.
Because when you do, you’re checking out of YOUR world and into someone else’s.
Think of your inbox as a convenient sorting of other people’s agendas.
Checking what they’ve sent you and their updates on social media sucks you into “reactionary” mode. This means you’re less productive and feeling frustrated that you’re not achieving anything of your “own”.
WOW, that’s perspective, right?
Instead, commit to spending the first 60 minutes of your day to work on your own goals and desires, before you start working on anything else.
Begin by grabbing yourself a big glass of water and stretching to open up your body and your breath. Next, get the kids and/or hubby sorted if you have them. And then, BEFORE you check your inbox or social networks take out a piece of paper and write down:
- the projects you have/want to work on today,
- the names of people you need/want to reach out to today and
- what the priorities are that you must/want to accomplish.
Complete this “me time” hour with some journaling and meditating about a passion project or experience you’d like to create.
Do this every day before you start “checking in” with your inbox and you’ll find yourself being more strategic and proactive, instead of reactive and distracted.
And before you know it you’ll be that much closer to living the life you came here for.
Emma Bathie is a Soul Happiness Coach. Learn more about her work and how to create more of life's magic HERE.