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The Progressive Professional… A Guide for Quality Living – March 2018

Are you making progress toward life balance and achieving your goals? Yes, I’m continuing to reinforce that message. The only one responsible for your life is you! If you are going to control your destiny and get what you really want from life, you have to put yourself first. Stop making other people’s needs and wants more important than your own. That is simply a habit. You can break it by always asking yourself how the next action you take aligns with your goals and values. Stop saying, “I don’t know; I don’t care; it doesn’t matter to me”, or, the current favorite of teenagers, ‘Whatever.” When you are confronted with a decision, no matter how small or insignificant, act consciously by making the right choice on how you will use your time.

Now that you are consciously managing your actions and time, here are a few more suggestions on how to improve your productivity to free up time for the fun! Yes, everyone needs to do things that are “fun” to re-energize, relax and rejuvenate.

Carefully assess your daily routine. Are there things you are doing that could be done more efficiently? Consider the Seven Deadly Wastes – Transportation (moving things around), Inventory (too much “stuff” or clutter makes it hard to find things quickly), Movement (unnecessary physical movements), Waiting (for something or someone), Overproduction (creating more than required), Overprocessing (doing more than necessary) and Defects (creating things at a lower quality than desired) and, finally, Skills (is the right person doing the task – see the next suggestion). Now, I realize that there’s a lot to think about at this point. Try looking for one waste at a time (perhaps one a week) and then removing it. For example, if you are making dinner, do you find yourself moving things from one area to another? Could you organize the kitchen better to have things used together located near each other? Every time you move something, it takes time (and energy) that isn’t productive. Have questions on the wastes? While the wastes are often applied to a manufacturing or office environment, you’ll find you can apply them anywhere! Check out this video.

Stop working hard and work smart. Are you spending time on tasks that you could delegate, outsource, or hire someone to do while you focus on more important (and perhaps challenging) tasks? Could you eliminate commute time and stress by working on paperwork at home using technology? Do you have a colleague ready to take on more responsibility? Have you taught your kids to do laundry, keep their toys put away, cook, or help with getting dinner ready or cleaning up? Where else will they learn these life skills? Yes, it may take some time to teach them; however, anything they can do to help free you from the repetitive tasks lets you focus on your goals. If one of your goals is spending more time with them, it’s a win-win!

Take short breaks — anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes multiple times a day. Breathe, stretch, take a short walk, do some squats, etc. Anything that gives your mind a rest and benefits your body is a great choice. Studies show short breaks actually improve productivity, so you’ll more than make up for the time you lose by pausing for a moment. One caveat – try to time the breaks at a natural breaking point – i.e. when you’ve completed a task, need a drink, have to go to a printer, etc. That way you can concentrate fully on the things that require it!

If you have any questions on any of these suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Helping people achieve success in life is my passion and I’m always happy to help! Till next time, keep up the good work! Be sure you are rewarding yourself for progress!