Are you ever really caught up?

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By Traci Long DeForge. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Your email is "everyone else's to-do list for you." And if you allow your inbox to set the tone for your day, you're guaranteed to spend a huge chunk of your time on other people's priorities….All I was doing was other people's work all day long, and I never actually got to the things that I wanted to accomplish." - Ashton Kutcher

One recent Pew survey found 80 percent of Millennials sleep with their phones. No wonder then that another poll showed 40 percent of Americans of all ages check their phones within five minutes of waking. By the time they've brushed their teeth, more than 80 percent of people have grabbed their gadgets. And this isn't just the addled and unsuccessful -- another survey found that half of top executives start their day with email.

Psychologist Benjamin P. Hardy suggests a small amount of writing not only in the morning but also before bed, to tap into your subconscious in order to answer some of your life's trickiest and most pressing questions. "This simple routine will help you crystallize where you want to go, and how you will get there.

Many of us confuse being busy with being efficient.

The seduction of busy work. It makes you feel productive.

Takeaway:

Write everything out on your to do list and pick three to accomplish that day.

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen Covey

Ask yourself. Am I more comfortable staying the in the vision of this successful opportunity? Or am I scared the reality won’t happen?

Schedule time for the busy work. Adhere to it.

Resources:

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/ashton-kutcher-uses-this-simple-morning-ritual-to-skyrocket-his-productivity.html?cid=sf01002&sr_share=facebook

https://www.fastcompany.com/40492781/this-is-what-happened-when-i-scheduled-time-to-procrastinate?partner=inc&cid=sf01002&sr_share=facebook

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Stephen_Covey

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Doing everything is not an option.

@TraciDeForge #sayno

The seduction of busy work. It makes you feel productive.

@TraciDeForge #beproductive

Schedule time for the busy work. Stick to it.

@TraciDeForge #sticktoit

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