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Hey, guys, welcome back. It is day number three. And today’s tip has to deal with, you know, whether or not you are feeling really unproductive and what I recommend to kind of get out of that funk.
So a lot of us, we get in funk’s like, regardless of what’s going on, whether or not we’re accomplishing a lot of things, whether or not our lives are busy. It could be just that season for us.
Maybe we just don’t feel like sitting down and working on the blog. Now, I have something that I do anytime that I feel like this, and it works every single time, but it’s just, you know, it may or may not work for you, but if you’ve ever felt really unproductive, I definitely recommend giving this a try.
So the first thing that I do is I completely disconnect. Yes. That means actually turning off your iPhone, your smartphone, whatever it is that you have, and just putting it like out of sight. Out of mind.
I will take my phone and just plug it in, like near the garage so that I’m not walking past it at all. I don’t see it.
And I am completely detaching myself and disconnecting from social media email or just, you know, hanging out on like a search engine.
So for a lot of us, we have that feeling like if we think about something and we want to know the answer, we get this instant gratification of immediately going and looking it up.
Right, which is great. I think that that’s fabulous to have. But if you’re anything like me, once you sit down and you start looking at that one thing, then you’re looking at another and another and another and another.
And before you know it, like your day is just kind of gone by right now. The reason I find it so important to just completely disconnect is I help that. I feel like it kind of helps, like my mind completely clear.
And I kind of am removing all of the distractions that are keeping me from kind of gaining this focus again to go ahead and work and actually be productiv.
Now, the second part of this tip ties in with how putting down my phone helps me kind of kind of think about nothing important. That’s the trick of it. You know, I don’t want to be distracted by social media or even thinking about social media.
And then on top of that, I really just want to think about nothing. Nothing that is blog related. Nothing that is really important. Just hanging out and focusing on, you know, what’s going what’s going on in my family, how I’m feeling, what I’m doing and things like that.
It is so important to give yourself a time to think and basically do nothing. You have to give your body and your mind that reset space and that time to just completely relax.
Now, I have been doing this for years. In fact. And I just took a couple of photos, which it sounds really terrible, but I found that I really, really needed that reset time. I needed to be disconnected from my phone.
I needed to be disconnected from all of the distractions that I have in my life. And I found that while I was on vacation, basically, I was doing nothing right. I was getting up and eating and relaxing.
And then that’s basically it. Just doing fun things. And it it gave me this clarity, this mental clarity to kind of zone in on what was really important to do and to accomplish.
Once I got back to real life, you know, once I got back to out of vacation mode. And so it helped me identify what really was important.
And then it also gave me the chance to feel completely relaxed so that once I was back from vacation, I had the energy and the urge, not just the energy, but the urge to go ahead and accomplish something.
Now, there’s actually science behind this. And I read this incredible book by Josh Davis. He has his peak HD about like how your emotions impact your behavior. And like the neuroscience behind your emotions, I don’t understand all of it.
I just know that he’s a genius. And he wrote this incredible book. Let me pull it up. So he wrote this incredible book. I read it on my Kindle. It’s two awesome hours.
Science based strategies to harness your best time and get your most important work done. I will go ahead and leave it linked below. If you’re interested. But one of my favorite favorite quotes from this had to do with how important it is to go ahead and let your mind wander.
So a lot of us, like even when we’re kids in school, we go to grade school. You know, we’re taught that being a good student means that we sit down and we focus all the time and we’re constantly paying attention and we’re constantly focusing.
And that’s what makes a really good student. So it kind of gets ingrained in our minds that we have to constantly be productive and we have to constantly be focusing and that we really shouldn’t let our minds wander.
But when you dig into the neuroscience behind it, people who actually take the time to let. Their minds wander into focus essentially on doing nothing and to give themselves that reset time.
They actually are more productive than the people that never take that time to kind of let their mind wander. But let me find this quote. Hold on. So Josh Davis says, when your mind wanders, it’s like P.T.
Barnum putting on a sideshow while the stage is being rebuilt. Enjoy the show. And when you turn back to the main stage, the next act will be ready to delight you.
So and now that’s just a very, very short quote and an incredible book. But it kind of helps you, like, visualize how important it is to go ahead and focus on the side stuff that kind of seems inconsequential or kind of seems like a waste of time, but is actually really important for you.
So that’s my tip for today. Put your phone down and actually let your mind wander. Let it kind of just focus on nothing that really seems important.
And to give yourself the space and and the permission, really give yourself permission to step away from the blog and the business and whatever ails you.
Now, if that’s hard to do, I do have one tip for you, because I find that, like, sometimes I’m so focused on something else that I can’t let my mind wander, that there’s something else that’s just troubling me that I need to accomplish first before I can truly get to a point where I can completely relax and focus on nothing. If that makes sense and that is my tips for you.
For you is if you have something that’s really weighing on you. Like, yeah, I would love to, like, let my mind wander. That sounds great, Allison, but I have X, Y, Z that I’ve got to accomplish first, then go ahead and accomplish that first.
And I know that kind of sounds counterproductive. Right. I’m saying, you know, you need to let your mind wander, but it’s OK. Go ahead and accomplish all these things first that you can be productive.
But what I mean by that is if I have a ton of laundry that needs to get done or if my family needs to be fed like it’s time to make dinner, that’s not the time for me to, like, take a break. You know, or right now is a perfect example.
I just wrapped up back to school shopping for my son. And it’s like now is not the time for me to, like, completely check out and give myself the time to let my mind wander because I got to get school supplies done.
I got to write down his new school schedule and things like that. So, you know, if you have something that’s really weighing on, you, go ahead and take care of that first. Absolutely. But but, you know, put your phone down, step away from technology.
Close your computer, shut it down. Close the door to wherever you have your computer. Just step away and be disconnected for a little bit because you’ve got to give yourself that creative space to just kind of hang out and focus on nothing. And then you will be able to really harness that urge to be really productive.