Riddle me this.
There is something everyone has the same amount of.
As we grow older, it seems to disappear much faster.
And despite what we do, it continues to slip elusively through our fingers.
What is it?
There are hundreds of books and thousands of articles all aimed at one critical action: tricks and tips for helping us get productive and squeeze more time out of every single day.
After all, we have the same amount of time in the day as every single successful author, writer, entrepreneur, and business guru out there. We are on a level playing field when it comes to time.
(Unless they have a secret time machine they are utilizing and haven’t shared that knowledge with the world. I wouldn’t blame them if that were the case).
But successful people do have a few productivity tricks up their sleeves, the number one being:
Stop Reacting and Get Proactive.
What does that mean?
Well, let’s think about it. How many times during the day are you reacting to distractions that come your way?
If you’re anything like me, you’re reacting all the time! A text message comes you, you stop and reply to it. Your phone rings, you pick it up. The next second 5 emails zoom into your inbox, so you stop to check those.
Meanwhile, well, there’s Facebook right there, so you check it, comment on something, and next thing you know, you have 27 notifications.
Ah, but now that Tweet Chat you love to join is starting, so you need to get on Twitter right away.
But, you should have been writing that blog posts, or proposal, so you pull that up. And now you’re hungry and making a healthy gourmet lunch just has to happen!
You can’t sacrifice your health at a time like this, but the weather is perfect, you probably should go on a run right now before the rain clouds come in.
Maybe those examples are a bit overkill, or that’s actually how your day rolls. The truth is; successful people don’t roll like that. They aren’t reacting to all the distractions that dive into their lives every other minute.
In fact, instead of reacting, successful people are proactive.
Have you ever watched an action movie, or suspense and thriller, and the antagonist seems always to be two steps ahead of the protagonist? Or vice versa?
It’s because they already anticipated all the reactions, and created a strategy that will produce the desired result, regardless of what complications arise.
Successful people know this, and they plan their day around that technique. Yes, that’s right, they plan their days, and you can do the same.
So here’s your actionable tip for today – take one thing you’re reacting to and schedule it! Take emails, for example. Instead of checking email every other minute, schedule 1 hour at the beginning of the day and an 1 hour towards the end of the day. Read those emails, respond to the priority ones, and schedule the others for later in the day or another time.
If you’re constantly reacting to everything that comes your way, you won’t have time to turn your dreams into reality.
Take your productivity to the next level with these time-saving techniques.
Join the discussion, what are you going to STOP reacting to and START being proactive about?