The Best Productivity Tip You'll Ever Need
I'm a big fan of using my time productively, especially now that I have many balls in the air with different projects going on at the same time.
But I'm not perfect, and I still find myself struggling with an ever-shifting calendar and deadlines.
One day, after listening to me go on and on about how frustrated I was that I couldn't seem to get anything done, my coach said to me, "Why don't you create a shiny object folder?"
"A what?" I asked.
"A shiny object folder. I have a folder on my computer where I put all of the things that worry me or the things that I don't need to focus on right away. That way I can focus on what's important. I then have a designated day and time on my calendar once a week to focus solely on the shiny object."
Intrigued, I decided to experiment.
Instead of creating a folder on my computer, I went to the one place that rules my life, my calendar. I decided to create a "Shiny Object Calender Invite." I set it for Sunday afternoons, which is the day I usually use to catch up on things.
For the remainder of that week, every single time something came up that could wait, I would add it to the calendar invite.
It was like magic. Every time I added something to the calendar, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. The things that worried or nagged at me didn't seem to bother me anymore because I knew that on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, I was going to commit to my promise and deal with it.
This tiny little calendar invite was a game changer for me. So much so that I started to talk about it with my corporate clients. Several of them even experimented with their version of the "Shiny Object Folder" with great success.
Instead of regurgitating on ALL OF THE THINGS like taking my cats to the vet, paying my bills, doing my bookkeeping, and updating my social media calendar, I could focus on the critical task in front of me.
All because I decided to schedule my worries and not let them take over.
Do you think this will work for you? Try this out and let me know!