Tip 4: Get Strong Reasons Why

by Annie

in Fall Into Productivity

Image of 3 brightly colored leaves against brown ground with text overlay reading "#4 - stop claiming you don't have enough time"

This is a post in Pajama Productivity’s first (hopefully) annual “Fall Into Productivity” month. (Clever wordplay, right? The llamas came up with that.) All month long in October 2016, we’ll be publishing lovely autumnal graphics with a fresh productivity tip each and every day. You can catch all the fall fun right here on the PJP blog, on our PJP Facebook page, or on Twitter @pjproductivity – use the #FallIntoProductivity hashtag to find all posts.

Day 4’s tip exhorts you to stop lying to yourself. You do have enough time, most probably. You just are making the wrong choices about what to do with it.

What you lack? Something else altogether: Strong-enough reasons why.

Today’s tip is all about getting very, very real with ourselves. We gotta stop telling ourselves and others the lie that “we don’t have enough time.”

We do. We absolutely do have enough time. Each of us get the same 168 hours a week. Some of us get metric craptons of stuff done in those 168 hours – more of us don’t but think we’re always busy, always stressed, always pressed for time.

The kicker? Most of those folks in group B would be STUNNED at what the folks in Group A get done in any 24-hour period.

What’s the difference? REASONS WHY.

The folks in Group A have seriously strong, persuasive, personally compelling reasons why they have to X done as soon as freaking possible.

Your job today: Take a few minutes for yourself. Think about your thing — that awesome creative project you want/need to be working on but can’t seem to start or work on consistently.

Now, list out all the reasons why you absolutely, positively, must get that thing done. Go for both quantity — a lot of reasons — and quality — really super strong reasons.

Keep that list on hand at all times. Review it every day. Pull it out when you’re struggling to make the decision to actually work on that thing.

Strong enough reasons why will help you get it done!

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