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So, 2020 wasn’t the year we had hoped it would be. I celebrated its end along with everyone else—but a funny thing happened on January 1st. We all woke up and discovered that nothing had changed.
Most of us won’t remember 2020 as one of our favorite years. It’s been hard on absolutely everyone (except maybe the dogs who loved having their people home so much). I’m guessing you’re not sorry to see this year come to an end.
Many of us spend more time thinking about our frustrations than our gratitude, and our time management suffers as a result. I’m sharing two simple ways to use gratitude to improve productivity—I’d be grateful if you’d check it out!
I’ve definitely made some odd buying decisions during lockdown. Blame the targeted Facebook ads, or the stress, but I think all of us have bought things this year that we didn’t anticipate wanting—and I’m not just talking about masks and hand sanitizer.
Don’t beat yourself up for falling behind, or trying to claw your way back on track with your pre-pandemic goals. Instead, I want to urge you to re-imagine your goals and make sure they actually align with your current priorities.
Have you experienced days that seemed to last 48 hours, while entire weeks have just… disappeared? If it seems like your perception of time shifted when the pandemic began—and hasn’t shifted back yet—I want you to know this is so normal.
The pandemic has made this so much more challenging than it was before, so I want you to know that you’re not alone in feeling like your weekends have evaporated. Reclaiming your weekends is all about how you schedule your week—aren’t you ready for a real break?
If you’re ready to get back on track with your long-term goals, or need some extra help to stay on track, this one question could be a game changer.
Have you done any puzzles to pass the time since lock-down began? Many of us have turned to this comforting pastime this year.
Looking ahead to the start of my work week, I’m thinking about how tough re-entry to “normal life” can be after time away. It doesn’t matter whether you’re finishing a month-long trip to the shore or a weekend camping trip. Getting back into work or school mode can be a painful adjustment but it doesn’t have to be.
No matter what your idea of a normal week looks like, sometimes you find yourself in an extra intense one. Some people would call this a hell week or crazy week, but I like to use the term: “push week.”
Downtime is an absolutely essential component of good time management. This summer, with the long sunny days it’s important to take a break once and a while to do something that you enjoy, so you can be refreshed when you get back to work.
I’m hearing from a lot of my clients that they’re especially struggling with uncertainty now that it’s summer. This is a season when so many of us normally participate in annual traditions that we love, and that are suddenly impossible this year.
There’s a comforting familiarity about summer. From the first cook-out of the season to the last Labor Day celebrations, we all have an idea of what a typical summer looks like in our lives. We have annual summer traditions that we look forward to all year. And summertime snacks can’t be beat.
If you’re sitting at your desk working on a report and you think you hear someone trying to break into your house, are you going to be able to focus on the report while you’re fearing for your life? Of course not. Productivity becomes a back-burner issue when you don’t feel safe.
With the pandemic, productivity has been a big challenge for a lot of people, and for good reason. One thing that may help you maintain focus and combat time management challenges? Being very intentional about how you approach prioritizing.
Are you a “growth” person or a “fixed” person? Do you welcome criticism or reject it? Do you like challenges or avoid them? Your answers to these questions can reveal a lot about your mindset.
Right now, when we’re all on an emotional roller-coaster all day, a lot of us are naturally struggling with productivity and time management. Managing those tough emotions is the key to getting past them and regaining your focus. So what can you do?
Despite the fact that I worked out of my home office before quarantine, I recently had to make some changes to my office setup. The space that worked for me pre-quarantine just wasn’t supporting my needs and new routines now.
Oh, 2020. You were already shaping up to be a contentious and difficult year, and then you had to throw a global pandemic at us.
Are You Prepared to Be Lucky? Is there a career-opening, life-changing moment ahead for you? One of the wonderful things about believing in luck is knowing that a big, lucky, Rosario-Dawson-on-her-front-stoop moment could happen to you at any time, with no advance warning.
Do you have a big, great idea? Have you dreamed up an invention that will revolutionize modern life? Converting big ideas into reality is something that takes time, work and planning. March is as good a time as any to let yourself daydream about the ideas you’d like to turn into reality.
You’re smart. You have free will. You make a thousand little good decisions for yourself every day. You’re pretty savvy, too. You can probably tell the difference between legitimate emails and phishing scams. If you’re struggling to break through the feeling of being stuck, it’s a sign that something is in your way.
Do you do anything in the morning to set your intentions for the day? Setting intentions is often part of meditation and yoga practices – but even if you start your mornings with chaos rather than calm, maybe you do some version of this.
Do you like to pick up mementos and gifts while you’re traveling? Maybe you collect a few small things along the way, thinking “I’ll find space for this later” and blissfully ignore the fact that your suitcase is already full.
The beginning of the New Year this January might be a letdown after the festivities of the holiday season, but you’ve got to say this for it: At least you can find some bargains. Gyms offer major perks to entice new members. Big-box stores slash prices on things like workout clothes, kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners, appealing to those shoppers who have vowed to do more exercising, home cooking and cleaning.
When you read this, you may already have one foot out the door on work. Now that we’re entering the holiday homestretch, many people are slowing down on productivity and ramping up their cookie consumption. I hope your time management system has given you some time and space that you can use to enjoy the holidays in whatever way you wish.
Do you remember when all anyone could talk about was “Avatar”? It was a monstrous hit, and even if you didn’t see it in theaters yourself, there’s a good chance you remember the way that excitement about the movie swept through the country. The year was 2009, and while it might seem like just yesterday, a full decade has passed since then.
Patience may be a virtue, but you don’t have to like it. Just ask any toddler – waiting for things you want is hard. When you’ve ordered something you’re excited about getting, even two-day shipping seems unreasonably slow. Instant gratification is one of the things we love most about our smart phones and their apps, isn’t it?