"My to-do list is constantly growing and I feel overwhelmed." "I want to feel more productive and accomplished at work." "I'm spread so thin that I'm not successful at anything." Sound familiar? You're not the only one. Over the past two years since beginning my coaching practice, I've worked with nearly 100 creatives.
Building a company creates a busy schedule. There's almost no way to avoid it. But I believe we're taught to manage our time incorrectly. From the moment we have homework, soccer practice or piano lessons, we learn that time management means prioritizing what's on our schedule. However, as...
"Time management" is not a solution - it's actually part of the problem. A few years ago during a break in a leadership class I was teaching, a manager named Michael walked up looking unsettled. His boss had told him he needed to be more productive, so he had spent a few hours analyzing how he spent his time.
Shifting our focus towards people and projects, rather than the time it takes for us to work on something is referred to as Attention Management.
Productivity is not a virtue, but just a means to an end, and it means nothing if the end is not worthy. Paying attention to your intrinsic motivation, on why you are excited about the project will make you push yourself naturally and achieve the goal.