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Cut Out Busyness and Still Increase Productivity

The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:

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For a very long time, I was under the impression that the busier I was, the better I did at dealing with everything on my plate.

Boy,was I wrong?

Busyness has nothing to do with how productive you are. Period.

If anything, busyness can leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and very irritable. Ask me how I know!

Here’s how I cut out the busyness and still boosted my productivity many times over:

Step 1: Identify your big rocks.

The first thing I did was identify my big rocks. Things I had to do everyday or pretty much on a regular basis. These included cooking, laundry, business-related work, activity time with my daughter and so on.

Action Step: Identify 5 big rocks that you need to do regularly.

Step 2: Stick to a no-do list.

Next, I created and stuck to my no-do list. Which meant I wouldn’t be busy watching re-runs or spending time organizing my dinner plates according to size and then, color. Yeah, seriously!

Action Step: What 5 things can you say, ‘no’ to today to reduce the busyness in your life?

Step 3: Practice multitasking…mindfully.

Yes, I know. Multitasking gets a bad rap all the time. But hear me out. Doing one thing at a time is great, but the truth is that we’re folks with lives that have multiple roles and to play those roles. We often need to multitask.

So, multitask, by all means but do it mindfully.

Which means, no talking on the phone while driving or cooking while getting homework done.  I, for instance, fold laundry while watching my favorite programs on T.V. A friend listens to podcasts on her everyday jog.

Action Step: How can you practice mindful multitasking? Identify 4 activities that can easily be combined together.

Step 4: Create a routine that works for you.

Finally, and most importantly, use everything that you’ve done so far and create a routine that works for you, your lifestyle and your family.  Create a routine that takes into account whether you rise early or work late, stick to regular hours or have a shift, homeschool your kids or send them to public school, enjoy flexible scheduling or a time-bound routine and so on.

 Your life is unique and what works for me may not work for you.  Just make sure that you’ve not blocked every single minute of your day with something ‘to do’.

Action Step: Create a routine in sync with your life and needs and with plenty of ‘free’ space to do nothing as well.

 So, will you be cutting out busyness and boosting productivity this month?

Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being positively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.