Everyone and their mother has a theory about how you can be more productive. I want to challenge what all y'all mean when you say "I want to be more productive" - and offer a reframe for thinking about productivity.
Too often, productivity is synonymous with busy -- and busy work. To many people, productivity just means accomplishing more. "I was productive today" means you got a lot of work done. Consequently, not achieving X amount of work signals the phrase "I wasn't productive" -- which, being real, is a phrase a lot of us say way too often. It keeps us down, yo!
This is in part because we don't understand the purpose of productivity: which is, to fulfill your purpose. Productivity looks like working smarter -- not harder.
Our obsession with just working more, without purpose, leads to poor work/life balance and recenters our self-worth as our work.
A productive day where you did no self care and ignored your relationships? Not that productive.
The key to dismantling this myth of productivity? Self-care.
@@Self-care enables us to be more productive, because it feeds our spiritual center.@@
However, how many of us feel that self-care is selfish? How many of us feel that if we aren't working all the time, our business is suffering?
Here's a reframe: @@if you ARE working all the time, your business is suffering.@@
You need to be able to slow down, to think, to process, in order to create. Life comes in cycles, yo, and you can't channel that fiery, initiatory Aries energy all the time. @@Sometimes, you just need to sit with yourself and treat yourself.@@ (Hello, Taurus season.)
If you don't work on yourself, your ability to work on your business will be diminished.
A brief life example: one of my family members got a cancer diagnosis this weekend. When that happened, posting a new blog and uploading social content was not on my priority list. Being real? It's still not. (But I love y'all and Girlboss Woo, so here we are.)
BUT. But. Luckily, I had done two things. First, I had efficiently batch processed my content so the week was still good to go -- I had detailed outlines for blog posts, and my Buffer was topped off for social media. For me, productivity is not in the amount of time I spend working each day, but, rather, Being Prepared For My Life by having efficiently got shit done.
Second, I've been purposefully instituting self-care practices that feed me spiritually, so I am more "topped off" and in a good place to continue working, even in crisis.
I've continued the live video series -- #22DaysofGirlbossTarot -- on Periscope this week (also: batch processing = notes were done for the entire series, and I didn't have to pick up the pieces when the bad news broke). But notably, I'm not so burned out in work that one life crisis derails my work.
That's the danger of thinking that you always have to be working, or that you always have to be doing more. Inefficient, spiritually vacant "productivity" ultimately leads to burn out.
Self-care, friends. Self-care and smart systems. (More on systems later.)
Your challenge for the day: do one small thing that feeds you. It doesn't have to be thirty minutes of meditation or a yoga class. Pick up a magazine and sit on a park bench. Order the fancy coffee and do some journaling, or dictating on your voice app.
Take care of yourself -- and, ironically enough, you'll be more productive.