We all strive to be our best, productive selves – getting the most out of our days, feeling accomplished and satisfies and most of us believe that time management is the golden ticket to our “4 hour work weeks” but unfortunately time management can be a total waste of time.
Time management may be a great system for robots or computers, but for us, modern humans – affected by our emotions and thoughts and countless distractions – this may not be the best solution.
We can have the best time blocking system EVER, but if we’re too tired, too anxious, overwhelmed, or distracted to perform at that set time – we’re not going to be very productive.
Also, time is a finite resource.
“There are a limited number of hours in the day, and focusing on time management makes us more aware of how many of those hours we waste,” Adam Grant, a professor at The Wharton School of business and an organizational psychologist, writes in The New York Times.
No matter how hard we try, a day will only have 24 hours.
We can try to manage our time, tasks, and our priorities, but if we want to be truly productive, we need to start managing ourselves – and to be prices, our physical, emotional, and mental energy; as mention by Tony Schwartz, the president and CEO of The Energy Project.
I know – mindfulness and productivity sounds a bit counterintuitive initially – one is about pausing, being, breathing, and one is about going, doing, creating, right?
But mindfulness (as defined by the Oxford dictionary) is actually: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
And this is exactly what we need in order to increase our productivity.
When we turn off the autopilot of “doing” and are consciously present in what we do, noticing our emotions and our thoughts – we can learn to manage them in order to get the best results – reducing the feeling of stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and increasing creativity, focus, and happiness.
It doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t manage your time, it just means it CAN’T be the only practice for productivity if you want to achieve consistent results without sacrificing your well-being.
Deepen awareness of how your thoughts, feelings, and environment and start noticing your energy levels –
Integrate these tools and habits into your daily life to create healthy habits and routines to support you in creating sustainable success without burnout.
Mindful productivity isn’t a product or a tool – it’s a flexible framework. You won’t find any one-size-fits-all getting at 5 am strategies here as I believe productivity is personal: there is no one BEST system, tool, or app – there’s a set of guidelines you can learn to apply yourself, creating a sustainable, happy, productive way to work.
What do you think? can we be productive by only managing our time?