Living a More Productive Life

I’m the kind of person who gets stuck in a rut. I get a routine going, and then I just do the same thing every single day. Unfortunately, those routines are rarely productive.

I get up in the morning, I make my breakfast, I get ready for work. My full time job takes up most of the day, with an hour in there for the commute. I get home, make dinner, and the last few hours of the day slip away. Then, time for bed, just so I can do it all again tomorrow.

This year I’ve been working to restructure my life. I have lived most of my life with no goals, no plans for the future. I’ll have a vague idea of what I want to do, but no strategy to implement it. Makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels, doing all this work to get nowhere.

A few months ago, I started working with my friend, Rose B Fischer, to come up with strategies and help me define my goals. It started out mostly for my novel writing, but what I learned really changed the way I organize everything in my life.

The way I was going before was a lot of work for nothing, and I felt it. I wasn’t writing. I wasn’t productive. And I wasn’t happy.

Some of that had to do with my personal health, but it all ties back in with making good use of the time I have.

I make a schedule for myself now. It helps keep me on track and holds me accountable to myself. I take the time to sit down, think of what I want to accomplish in a week, in each day, and then I plan for it. I set goals, I write it all down so I can look back to see what worked and what didn’t work.

What has helped me the most, in all areas of my life, is setting goals. I’m enough of a competitive person that it gives me something to work for, a challenge to overcome. I’m working forward now, making small progress every day towards those goals. I stayed in one place far too long.

What are you working on in your life right now? What goals do you have and what challenges do you face?