Get Better At Taking Action Than Making Excuses

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I recently realized that I make a lot of excuses. There are excuses for not working out, for not eating healthy, for not cleaning the house, for not being more productive with work.

But I’m also realizing (slowly but surely) that these excuses are not bringing me any kind of results. Not working out certainly isn’t giving me a toned body; not eating healthy sure isn’t helping me drop some unwanted weight. You get the picture.

So, yes, I can say I’m not making as much money this month because the kids are home on summer break and I’m distracted but the reality is I’m allowing myself to become distracted and I haven’t taken steps to avoid this distraction.

Once again, the answer is slapping me in the face…

The Key to Success is TAKING ACTION!

I can daydream with the best of them but dreams don’t become reality without TAKING ACTION.

My dream home on the lake is going to remain a dream unless I TAKE ACTION to make the necessary money.

I can dream about my ultimate European vacation but we won’t be going anywhere unless I TAKE ACTION to raise those funds.

Do you see the common theme here? TAKING ACTION is a vital part of success and apparently I need to be reminded of this everyday or my mind falls too quickly into the realm of distraction.

Productivity Tips

If you’re fighting distractions and your productivity is lacking, do some soul-searching with me and figure out how you can combat this awful dilemma. Here are some things I’ve discovered for myself that I’m going to implement immediately.

1. Getting dressed before work. For me, working in my pj’s doesn’t work. It’s too casual and doesn’t put me in a work frame of mind. This is when I tend to browse social media and play computer games, which certainly isn’t making me money.

2. Making lists. My brain is busy trying to balance the family responsibilities and time schedule, so adding client work or projects to that mix just isn’t working for me.

Making a to-do list every night, listing out every current project for every client, helps me to visually see what has to get done within the next few days. It’s also nice to visually see things getting crossed off.

3. Working somewhere other than at home. I know, this kind of defeats the purpose of ‘working from home’ but sometimes you just gotta change things up! I’m going to frequent Panera the rest of the week (with my to-do list) and really pound out some work.

Even though I usually don’t like having background noise of any kind while working, there’s something about sitting there, knowing I don’t have a lot of time to goof off on the computer, that allows me to seriously focus on work.

I may even switch off between Panera and my public library, just for a change of pace (and to prevent me from eating too many bagels!)

4. Give yourself a challenge. I gave myself a blogging challenge for July, just to get me out of my rut and in the habit of writing every single day. While it’s difficult to find the time to write every single day, I figured it would get me back in the habit of producing content on a regular basis. The experts also say that after doing a task for 3 weeks, it becomes a new habit, so that can only help!

5. Keep your mind open to change. I’m learning that even the best laid plans might need some changing. Today I was supposed to start my day with client work but instead, I wrote this blog post. And I’m totally fine with this change because I felt the motivation to write.

Some days I’m raring to go by 8am while other days I can’t get moving until closer to lunch time. So long as the work gets done on time, feel free to change up your schedule. Whatever schedule works best for YOU is what you should follow.

Who’s with me on finding some productivity solutions this summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section…we can learn from each other!

Comments

  1. says

    Oh wouldn’t it be great if we could just daydream our way to riches…lol!

    This is a great post, I know that I have to get dressed in the morning and I have to make my checklists before I start working. If I don’t do these two things I spend all day working but getting nothing real accomplished.

  2. says

    Great post Christina, this applies to just about everyone I think, especially me. I’ve used the kids excuse at least every other day.
    These are all great tips and it’s encouraging to be reminded we all struggle with this.
    Thanks again

  3. says

    Yes, it’s so nice to be reminded that other people struggle with this, too! I particularly like your point about setting yourself a challenge, Christina. That always helpsme. FOr me, music is also a real motivator; if I can play bouncy, inspiring music in the background, I really do get more done. :) Here’s to productivity and fun for all!
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  4. says

    Thanks for this great article. The above are things we all know we should do but at times we just do not take the action.

    I think the best take away on this (well they are all good) is the To-Do list. I found this to the one tool that helped me take action on a daily basis
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  5. says

    The To Do list is a must for me. I like to get it all out on paper so I can free up my mind to get it done.

    The other thing that works well for me is to get up early before anyone else and work for a while. The quiet time in the morning is my most productive time so I try to get my most important/pressing stuff done then.

    You’re right Christina – taking action is the key! I’m printing the image out and taping it to my computer :)
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