What’s In Your Jar?

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In my newsletter this month, I shared some tips on productivity. I mentioned that a great way to start upping your productivity is to first reflect on your current priorities.

I shared a concept from my past life in corporate training and development – the Big Rocks. This is a concept used to help prioritize your life, which focuses on making room for the most important things you value in life, the Big Rocks. If the small stuff, the sand and pebbles, is given priority, there isn’t room to fit what matters most to you. Because the small stuff is – well, small – it can easily fit in between the Big Rocks. The small stuff sure can add up though, and if that is where the focus of our priorities are then your days will be so full with sand and pebbles the rocks will never find room.

So be sure to fill your jar with your Big Rocks first.

Check out Franklin Covey’s fun video that explains their concept.

I have been practicing this concept for the past week and I already feel more productive! Prioritizing is not always easy and I had to say No to some things of interest in order to stay focused on my Big Rocks, but I felt good about those decisions because ultimately I was staying true to what I value most.

So my challenge to you is: Identify your Big Rocks and then schedule one of them into your week before you schedule anything else in. Every week try to add another big rock.

I created a free downloadable template to complete as a reminder to stay focused on what matters most. Try it out!

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Are you giving enough time to the people or things that matter most to you? 

Need help identifying what matters most – try this template.

Think about how you fill your jar on a daily basis?

What does your jar say about your priorities?

Is there any small stuff you can stop doing?

Let me know how your challenge goes!

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Be Productive

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Last month was spent making space and refocusing on goals. Now that July is here it is time to figure out how to fit those goals in. Summer schedules are in place now in my household; which means my time looks VERY different. I know it’s coming every year, but I still find myself struggling with getting things done in the summer – so the focus for July is Be Productive!

I do know when I am organized and prepared that I am most productive so I have been reading up on productivity. I ended up with some light bulb moments.

1. There is a difference between busy work and productive work. I need to start practicing what I preach and dump the busy work. I will NOT utter the phrase “I am so busy” again. You can read more about it here.

2. Everyday I have 24 hours to do something with. I can choose what I do with that! I figured that one out here.

3. I am more likely to accomplish something if I schedule it on my calendar. The days I schedule out are much more productive so I will take time to schedule what matters. Read more about scheduling tips here.

So this month I am pulling out all the planning tools I can handle to keep my momentum going.

What resources help you to be more productive?
Are there specific areas you struggle with productivity?

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