I’ve spent the last three months working on a new course, Operation: Procrastination Shutdown, and the companion free email course, which also focuses on overcoming procrastination so creatives can get back to what matters most: creating new and valuable content on a consistent basis.
Needless to say, productivity has been on my mind quite a bit.
But recently, a friend made this comment to me that forced me to look at productivity in a new light. She said, “I don’t know why I can get work done for my boss or coworkers, but I can never meet my own deadlines.”
The moment she said this, the word, “Self-care” popped into my head. Self-care. Respecting one’s self.
Why don’t we respect ourselves and our timelines as much as we respect someone else’s?
We’d probably never tell our bosses to screw it if they wanted us at work for a 7 am meeting (I definitely wouldn’t), yet many of us won’t make time to write for ourselves or our businesses at 7 am.
- We wake up early for someone else, but not ourselves.
- We work when we are sick.
- We work when we are tried.
- We honor our appointments and obligations to someone else.
So when it comes to our own creative projects and our own creative businesses, why aren’t we treating them as well as we treat someone else’s work?
PRODUCTIVITY HACK #1: RESPECT YOURSELF AND YOUR TIMELINE
1. If you say you’re going to get up at 6 am tomorrow and work on blog posts for two hours, do it.
2. If you promise to make time each day to learn something new about your niche, choose the time you’ll do this, and treat that time as sacredly as you would any other appointment.
3. If you want your project done in six weeks, create a timetable detailing every step and task and that needs accomplished and when you will accomplish each item.
YOU are the boss, so be kind to yourself. Treat yourself and your time well. You wouldn’t waste your 9-5 boss’s time, so why waste yours? You wouldn’t tell your boss she’s an idiot or she’ll never be good enough, so why are you telling yourself this?
If you want to manage your time, meet your deadlines, and accomplish your goals so those dreams of yours turn into realities, then you have to stop thinking of your creativity as a side project or a hobby—think of it as a job instead. A job where you show up and put in the work day after day.
I can tell you this: you show up every day, and productivity won’t be an issue for you for much longer (<<< tweet that)
Still think procrastination is a challenge you need to overcome? Hey, I get it. I’ve been there—sometimes I still go there—that’s why I created ecourse: Learn the steps you need to overcome procrastination so you can consistently create new content for your audience.
What are you going to do this week to step up your productivity game? Tell me in the comments below :)