Talk about productivity! May 9, 2016 marked a YEAR of hosting #blkcreatives Twitter chats and we couldn’t have celebrated in a better way – surrounded by an incredible community of like minded, mission driven individuals who believe enough in themselves to do the inner work while building the life they love.
You are appreciated. *Tupac voice*
Our special guests for the night were Michael Watson, Felecia Hatcher, Reggie Noble and Alex Wolf and our moderator, Catherine Davis. With this dynamic four at the helm we tackled the topic Productive Vs. Busy. From our chat, we’ve broken down how you can clarify your path to getting shit done.
- In my world, what is the difference between being productive and being busy?
A few indicators that were shared were intention, awareness, and quality. It’s important to answer this question so that you can begin to build standards around productivity and what it looks like for you. Only then can you take steps towards the things you need.
“Productivity also yields connectivity. You open yourself up to endless opportunity when you get sh*t done.” – Chasity Cooper
2. Am I aware of my relationship with time?
Understanding how you think and feel about the concept of time can help you make better decisions on how to spend it. After all, we can’t control it but we can control what we do with it.
3. What am I avoiding – what am fear, doubt, self sabotaging habit am I nurturing by being “busy”?
“Busyness is a form of procrastination, and it’s really easy to fall victim to it.” – Victoria J
Set yourself up to be intentional about your time and about how you work.
Productivity stems from one single decision to constantly get things done, no matter what. You set the tone. Your goals, your current work load, your experiences, and your schedule all play a factor into how you approach your mission. Decide how you and when you want to get work done before you even begin. And be honest with yourself, as our friends at Black Girl Fly shared.
“Honesty. Be honest about strengths & weaknesses to create goals. From there, create a solid plan to accomplish those goals.” – Black Girl Fly Magazine
Develop a schedule that allows you to be intentional.
“It takes prioritizing. What is time-sensitive? What is time-consuming?” – Special Guest, Reggie Noble
A great way to develop your schedule is to be led by your priorities. As our special guest @kidnoble stated in the quote above, keeping order of which tasks need to be handled immediately (time-sensitive) vs. which tasks simply take up the most time (time consuming) can help you determine what areas of your life need to be paid attention to. Once you begin to develop your schedule, remain flexible and remember that taking the time to recalibrate is key – as shown below by one of our other special guests, @forevershowtime.
“Taking 5-10 min’s every day to adjust/ check off tasks that [need] to be completed develop an ongoing calculated schedule.” – Special Guest, Michael Watson
When you fall off track, get back on.
“I re-align by going back to my favorite question ‘what’s going to make me the happiest?” – Special Guest, Alex Wolf
No one is perfect when it comes to being productive (obviously, that’s why we had the chat right?) so we have to remember to give ourselves the space to realign and reassess if we’re making the best decisions for ourselves. And EVERYTHING is a choice. If something is making you absolutely miserable, you have a choice. If something is a time waster, you still have a choice. Don’t be afraid to question what doesn’t work and get rid of it. As David shares below, eliminate the distractions, and make room to get back right.
“Removing things I don’t want, both physically and digitally (i.e. unnecessary emails) has really helped me to realign.” – David Leon Morgan
Passion Planner (Note: Put firstname.lastname@example.org as your referral if you purchase)
Renée shared that she loves the Zig Zilar Perfomance Planner.
We also had fans of Emmelie De La Cruz’s Make Yourself Marketable: The Ultimate Personal Branding Planner in the chat. Personally, we’re #teamEmmelie since we go way back.