Increase Your Productivity with Presence
By Audrey Seymour
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
~ Peter F. Druker
A majority of the entrepreneurs who come to me struggle to find enough time to fit in everything they want to do. They often feel overwhelmed, unable to keep up with the details of their business or never finding enough spaciousness to develop the next stage of their mission. Does this sound familiar?
Two principles to remember that make all the difference in the world are Priority and Presence.
Prioritization comes from knowing that we have the gift of time in front of us to extend our reach. Not everything has to be done right now, even when our internal sense of urgency tries to convince us otherwise.
Don't try to work from a to-do list of 100 things; split them into short-term, medium-term, and long-term priorities. Use a "just-in-time" philosophy and map out your schedule based on when things are truly needed, and consider which things can be delegated so that you can focus on the high-value items right now.
Presence in the moment allows us to stay in contact with the source of our inner guidance, so that we can continue to express our deepest values while responding to changing circumstances. If you let yourself become demand-driven rather than presence-directed, you will be caught up in the prevailing culture of unceasing activity and you'll make choices that are not purposeful for you.
What can you do to bring more prioritization and presence into your workweek? Consider weekly planning meetings that move you out of problem-solving mode and into strategic thinking on a regular basis. Build a rhythm of breaks into your workday that give you a natural pause to step back into full presence.
Take advantage of your creativity to design something you'll not only enjoy but use regularly. One of my clients created a ritual that whenever her phone rang, she would take two deep breaths before answering.
Have fun with the process, suit your own style, and allow yourself the spaciousness and efficiency that's possible with a priority- and presence-directed business.
© 2012 Audrey Seymour. All rights reserved.