PRIORITIZE. This went well. I didn't want to give up anything.
SIMPLEOLOGY: There's an entire Web site on this method of being productive. Some of it is free – an enticement to buy books and tapes on this method. I didn't care for his marketing style, but he had some great ideas and examples, which I adapted to fit my thinking.
JUST DO IT. Don't stop if I'm tired or frustrated; push through it. Like turning off the internal editor when writing, this also includes my tendency to nitpick at things to try to make them "perfect." Like great artists who intentionally made one flaw in their works, the flaws in our projects are what makes them unique or one of a kind.
PRACTICE SAYING NO THANKS – without guilt.
RACE MYSELF. If I'm doing a repetitive task, set a timer and see if I can do it faster the next time.
DON'T SLEEP. To quote Danita, "HA!" I tried this for a few nights. Not recommended! However, naps are nice if I do stay up later than I should on occasion.
SCHEDULE TIME TO PLAY. This may seem odd, but some of us have an extra responsibility gene (or two) and haven't actually learned how to relax and play. Take time to get down on the floor and play with your children or grandchildren. If you have neither, take the time to play with your pet or the dust bunnies under the bed.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST. Especially a challenge for women who have been raised to nurture others but not themselves. In addition to an unlimited supply of chocolate, this can include meditation, yoga, and energy healing. A caution: this can be an experience in itself and may lead you on an entirely new life's journey.
ACCEPT that sometimes things – like washing dishes or folding clothes or ironing the husband's t-shirts (kidding! please tell me you don't do this!) – simply don't get done every day.
How about you? What ways do you use to be more productive? Or do you even worry about it? Do you simply adjust the things you have to/need to/want to do to life's flow?