Three months done – so already we are a quarter of the way through the year. Scary! The focus for March was productivity (read my initial post on this here) and I must say, I haven’t been as ‘on it’ as I would have liked. However, it has been a crazy busy time so I won’t beat myself up over it too much. Below are my reflections on each of my resolutions – good and bad!
Change up my morning routine – I actually haven’t really done this except on weekends. In hindsight, I should have timed this better to coincide with the change in seasons. A new morning routine will be better once the clocks have changed and it’s lighter in the mornings. This March has been snowy, cold, dark and generally miserable. This means it’s been a time to stay in bed! I’m rolling this resolution over to April when it will (hopefully) be lighter, brighter and warmer!
Read a productivity book – I read a productivity book (No Excuses by Brian Tracy) in February for my book club so I focused on implementing some of the advice this month. This has meant that I focused on single tasking rather than multitasking, goal setting and just getting stuff done. Regular goal setting and reflection is really useful as it keeps you on track; especially when everything is so busy. I’m now focusing on reading a yoga related book each month for self study and also a fiction book as I love reading so need to make time for it!
Stop wasting time – Mainly on my phone! I downloaded an app which blocks your phone for an allotted time which I’ve used and have found very helpful. I want to take this a step further and leave my phone in another room while I’m working on something or watching TV as (linking back to the fact that multitasking is a myth) I cannot concentrate properly on two things at once!
Work on my goals daily – I’ve mostly managed this even though on some days my action has been tiny. I’ve been studying for my yoga course, teaching yoga, blogging, reading, listening to podcasts – all to help me move closer to reaching my goals for the year. I’m going to sit down and reflect on what I’ve done and what I’ve yet to do on my goals now that we are a quarter of the way through the year as I can reset my intentions. Daily goal work is important so I’m definitely going to continue with this!
10 minute bursts – When I’m short on time, I’ve tried setting a 10 minute timer and just working solidly on something for those 10 minutes without distraction. It’s amazing what you can get done in 10 minutes if you get on with it. I will be definitely using this strategy going forward as it’s such a short amount of time but super effective if you make the time. I’ve used this for cleaning up the house, writing a blog, studying my yoga notes, reading – all sorts. There’s always 10 minutes to be found in a day. 10 minutes a day over a month is 5 hours of productivity!
Have I felt happier this month? Being and feeling productive always makes me feel happier so in those moments, definitely. I’ve not been as productive as I would have liked but I have set up useful habits which I will use going forwards. Stay tuned for April’s resolutions!