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The Key to Productivity:

Managing Your Most Important Resources

For most of us, when we think of becoming more productive we envision ourselves getting an early start to our day and putting our nose to the grindstone to get things done and checked off our To Do list. The fewer the distractions and breaks, the more work completed, the more things we check off our list, the more productive we believe ourselves to be.

 

This approach, however, is flawed. Too often we end our so-called productive days with a sense that we were busy and always on the go, but we are left wondering what we actually accomplished. In fact, it’s not how mover-shaker-busy we’ve been that matters, it’s whether we in fact accomplished what we had set out to accomplish that day. 

 

Shifting our focus to what is important to us and what we want and need to accomplish is the first step to becoming more productive in our daily lives. The second step is to recognize that our productivity is supported by three resources that we must learn to optimally manage: our time, attention, and energy. 

 

Unlike attention and energy, time is a finite resource. There are only 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week and so on. It is essential to examine our relationship with time and learn to manage it in ways that work for us and our situation. The second resource, attention, is unlimited, but can be easily hijacked and turn into a huge liability if not allocated properly. And finally, energy, also an unlimited resource, is quickly depleted and requires proper maintenance through healthy habits in the areas of sleep, nutrition, exercise, and mental wellness. Learning how to manage these three resources is the key to improving your productivity.

 

The Balanced U productivity coaching helps by translating the science and research around time, attention and energy management into actionable steps that drive significant improvements across your personal and professional experiences.  The approach is customizable to your specific needs. Take your level of motivation to do the work you need to do. If you’re not feeling very motivated, then you may need help with getting started. On the other hand, if you are motivated, but feeling overwhelmed and at a loss at what to do next then you need help getting it done. The Balanced U offers productivity coaching tracks that are designed to maximize the benefit to your productivity regardless of your starting point.

Get Started (Track 1):

Do you feel overwhelmed most days?

Do you spend too much time on your phone or other screens?

Do you often feel busy but notice that you’re not accomplishing much?

Do you find your motivation is low while your procrastination is high?

Do you have so much to do that you can’t figure out where to start?

 

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you’re not alone. But, there is help! The Get Started productivity coaching will help you to set reasonable and achievable goals, prioritize your efforts and accomplish more. 

 

Ideal for:

  • Parents

  • Young Adults

  • College Students

  • Working Adults

  • Adults with ADHD

Get It Done (Track 2):

Are you overwhelmed by an important, high-stakes project?

Do you feel like you’re in over your head in your work or project?

Do you find it’s hard to know where to start and what to prioritize?

Are you avoiding challenging tasks in favor of easier busywork?

Are you making the best use of your time, attention and energy?

Do you have a goal or a dream, but no plan or idea how to make it happen?

 

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are probably an entrepreneur, small business owner, or someone who works from home. The Get It Done productivity coaching is ideal for you! You will become skilled at prioritizing and breaking down goals to achieve more while better managing your time, attention and energy. 

 

Ideal for:

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Small Business Owners

  • Work from Home

  • Graduate Students

  • Writers, Artists, Musicians, Designers

Menu of Services

TIME

  • Keep and use a calendar or planner

  • Set deadlines

  • Decrease procrastination

  • Track activity

  • Learn how timing matters

GOAL SETTING

  • Find meaning through your values

  • Prioritize

  • Break down tasks

  • Make work rewarding

ATTENTION

  • Identify hijackers (e.g., screens, co-workers, children)

  • Learn to single-task

  • Work, eat, and relax mindfully

ENERGY

  • Identify your daily peaks and troughs

  • Sleep hygiene for improved energy

  • Track your energy

  • Track your food and water

  • Evaluate your social connections

 
 

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