Dwell On “Do”, Not “Done”
Lately, I have spent time paying attention to the personal productivity concept. You know the things I am talking about. Those small changes to what you do on a daily basis or a technique that can save you anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
A personal eye opening example of a Productivity Hack is when you're filling your dishwasher at home, put all of the forks in the same cutlery compartment, so when it comes time to empty the dishwasher, you can simply grab them all in one go. You won’t have to spend time sorting the knives from the forks.
Now, these sorts of small tweaks to your day can play a role in getting more done in the same amount of times.
But in my opinion, the biggest productivity wins come from something else entirely: having the right productivity mindset.
For example, I hear from students that they would love to change how they are eating BUT they have this and that as a challenge in front of them.
Essentially what they are saying is: “That is great for you, but it is impossible for me.”
And that might just be the case, BUT what if it wasn’t the case? What if you could do such and such and succeed?
Having a mind frame that allows for the possibility will also allow for challenges to not become impassable obstacles but just a hurdle to overcome.
I recently read an article that was expressing this thought when it came to planning for retirement. They had developed a catch phrase: Dwell on Do, not Done.
Truth be told, I can get caught up in the fact that life is busy and stressful and doesn’t seem to run perfectly smooth for very long if much at all. I get impatient. I want to be DONE.
You see, I take my work very seriously, so does Dean, my husband. Working alongside of Dean we can dive into a problem, and honestly assess what was going wrong.
Usually we discover the core issue isn’t a problem that a "productivity hack" could solve.
Instead, what was required was a change in mindset for how the challenge was perceived.
If we had to be at 'done' on day one, it would require a whole lot of fixing.
The breakthrough comes when you view it in an entirely new way. When you take a problem and break it done into do-able pieces. And then Dwelling on the Do.
How can this help you?
If your problem is that you want to lose 50 pounds, dwell on what it would take to lose one pound. Then DO that until it doesn’t work anymore.
If your challenge is drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated, dwell on drinking more water than you currently are even if that is just 4 ounces more. Then DO that until you reach your goal.
If your challenge is to eat foods that will support your physical needs, dwell on knowing what those foods are and do what it takes to eat those foods.
Dwell on Do is the power of small, targeted productivity changes.
Now, of course, finding the right practices, habits, and routines that will work best for you is a personal journey, but it helps to have good teachers and guides along the way.
That is where I come in. I’ve helped hundreds of people find that next step. The one thing that will make productivity increase in their health and fitness.
I won’t toot my own horn more than just to say that I’ve been where you are, I’ve found a way out and I can help you like I’ve helped others.
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