Time Management

The Real Cost of Procrastination (and A Special Announcement!)

Behind The Scenes of the "Take Back Your Time" Video Training Series. Thank you  Mark Thompson  for your amazing video work!

Behind The Scenes of the "Take Back Your Time" Video Training Series. Thank you Mark Thompson for your amazing video work!

I fully own the irony of this post. So, in the spirit of self-disclosure, I freely admit that I engaged in some fear-based procrastination.

How is that ironic? Because I procrastinated the final piece of a Free Video Training Series on: 

  • Time Management Systems & Tools
  • The Secrets to Prioritizing
  • And...you guessed it...How to Stop Procrastinating.

Sure, there a million reasons (excuses) why I waited:

  1. My life was insanely busy between clients, LMSW training & clinical hours, and a heartfelt attempt as a social life.
  2. I wanted more time and energy to put toward creating the most valuable training for my readers and clients that I possibly could.
  3. I was terrified. What if things didn't turn out how I planned? What if there were tech glitches? What if people saw how awkward, nervous, and human I really am?

As my thoughts spiraled, I took a deep breath and asked myself: "What would I tell a client in this situation to do?"

Thankfully, I didn't have to stretch my imagination too far. I'm lucky enough to work with smart, motivated, and incredibly talented people. And since I created this training to help them take back their time, shift their mindset, and bust through their roadblocks, I took my own advice and recommitted to the tools and systems that helped me manage my ADD, deal with Depression, overcome obstacles, and ultimately, create a life I love. 

Sometimes, we all get off track. And seeing how these systems helped me to overcome my fears and excuses in such a short time, I became even more excited to stop procrastinating so I could share this training with you.

So last week, after Mark graciously (and patiently) spent 10.5 hours recording/rerecording/assuring me that I don't have lipstick on my teeth, I wondered why on earth I waited so long. 

It felt amazing to create something I love. So why did I wait? And what did all that waiting cost me? 

Time is a commodity much like money. And that got me thinking:

How much money do we lose by not living and working to our full potential?

I started doing some digging and number-crunching to figure out the cost of my procrastination. The results were astounding.

The average person admits to wasting 2.09 hours each workday on non-job-related activities (according to CNBC). Even with a boss, even in the structure of a work environment, that’s close to 30% of the workday gone! And, if you work from home or you're an entrepreneur you can double or triple that.

So let's be honest, how much time and money do you waste each day? 

Let’s say you’re an office worker who earns $60K per year. Let’s also assume you're like most people and your procrastination, Facebook addiction, and general socializing add up to the average 2.09 hours per day:

The Cost of Your Procrastination is $15,642.40!

Now let’s say you work for yourself and you don’t have the structure of a boss and work environment:

The Cost to Your Business: $31,284.80 (Double)
or Even $46,927.20 (Triple!)

The solution is that none of us can do it on our own. We need the tools, systems, and structure to ensure that we're spending our time doing the things we need to do and want to do (It doesn't have to be a sacrifice!)

Why This Matters For You:

You need the tools to stop procrastinating and the systems to help you manage your time effectively. Don't worry, it's not just you. We all need it!

Free training to ‪Take Back Your Time‬ begins May 10th. 

To get Free VIP Access, click here.

At the end of the day, you’re going to spend a certain amount of money either wasting time or ensuring that you don’t waste time.

The choice is yours.

15 Tips To Manage Distractions

A few months ago, I surveyed my readers to find their biggest Time Management struggles. I was so grateful/overwhelmed by the thousands who responded. Between my clients, training, and attempts at a life, it's taken me longer than I'd like to admit to crunch the data, come up with solutions, and figure out the best way to support you. 

So, I'm super excited to share 3 things with you today:

  1. The results of the survey (Yes, you're normal)
  2. The FREE series you don't want to miss
  3. A tool to manage distractions (Actually, 15 to be more specific)

So let’s get started.

When surveyed, thousands reported that procrastinating, prioritizing, and managing distractions are their biggest time management struggles. (Check out the results in the word cloud below.)

So why am I telling you this? To let you know that you’re normal and that you're not alone! 

Let’s face it. We probably should have been taught “Life Skills 101: How To Be An Adult” in school. And while I can’t give you a time machine, I can give you a solution. I've spent countless hours speaking with experts, hiring coaches, reading books, and attending events all to develop these “adult” skills. 

So, to address some of these concerns and to save you the time, money, and hassle of having an ADHD coach come to your house and teach you to organize your closet (yes, I actually did that!), I’ve created new tools, a free video series and lots of other great ways to effectively Take Back Your Time. And, I’ve got a huge announcement to make soon, but til then, I hope these exercises, tips, infographics, and videos help you to feel more balanced, productive, and energized.

So here’s the first one: 15 Tips To Manage Distractions (Infographic). Most of us take 1 hour to do what we could be doing in 20 minutes. Personally, my weakness is Facebook. Or, if I’m really struggling to stay focused, I choose to engage in what I call “productive procrastination,” distracting myself with seemingly important tasks (like laundry.) Either way, we all could stand to be more efficient and use the extra time for the things we really want (whether it's fun, family, or a few more hours of sleep!) To make that happen, I created an Infographic of the 15 BEST tips to keep you focused (no pills required!) And, because I’m human (just like you) I have this posted as a reminder on my office wall. These are some of the best tips I’ve found in my research, my work with clients, and my own life. So check out the Infographic and the free series to come. 

To Taking Back Your Time,

Amita

How I Stopped My ADHD From Sabotaging Me

When my friends come to me for advice and I give it to them, I often hear:

  • Oh, that won’t work because… 
  • I tried something like that once… 
  • or my personal favorite, I don’t have enough time 
    (Really? Cause Facebook told me you were up til 1 playing Candy Crush, Seriously?!)

And despite my frustration, I am the first to admit that just like them, I can rationalize and find an excuse for anything I don’t want to do. Like most people, I'm only ready to change when there's a good enough reason to do so. And it doesn't just have to be a rock-bottom. When I have a goal I'm super excited about, I’m willing to do what it takes. I’m willing to stop self-sabotaging, take a good look at myself, and clean house. Literally.

And that gets me to today's topic.

A lot of people write in and ask me about how I started Aligned Holistics. These readers fall into 2 camps:

  1. They want to know all the juicy details of how I healed my Depression, ADHD, etc.
  2. They want to pursue a goal (like a business), but can’t seem to find the time to make it happen.

The truth is that to some degree, the two go hand-in-hand. See, a lot of creating a life I love (& getting off the meds!) was creating systems that supported that. Whether it be self-care, organization, or time management, I needed to create structure to get out of my own way and let the magic happen.

I could write an entire book on how to start a business doing what you love (note to self-do that!) But since blogs are about brevity, I want to share the top 3 tips that helped me to succeed.

3 Tips to Make It Happen:

1. Organize your space.

Back when my ADHD was running the show, I spent way too much time sorting through papers, looking for keys, and getting distracted by items strewn on my countertop. My disorganized space led to a pervasive low-level anxiety that made my home a stressful work environment. Not surprisingly, with all the reminders of things that needed to be put away (without a place to put them), I didn’t get much done. So I met with an ADHD coach (yes, even coaches need coaches) and this was the first thing she told me.

Where to start: Create an exit station. Located near your door, this centralized location should house your keys, sunglasses, wallet, mail, gym pass, etc. It should be home to everything you'd grab on your way out the door. I also use it to post affirmations or intentions so I have a positive note to start my day.

2. Throw things out.

I'm sure you've heard this before, but it bears repeating until you get rid of that sweater you haven't worn in a year, the papers you could have scanned and trashed, and the broken belt that you swear you'll get fixed but haven't yet. If it's taking up space in your home, it's taking up space in your mind. For many years I held onto things for "sentimental value." And then I realized that the item is not the same as what it represents. For example, last week I got a thoughtful card from a friend. Today I threw it out. That It doesn't mean that I don't value the person who sent it to me, it just means that NYC real-estate is at a premium and so is my mental capacity. To make this easier (and eliminate any guilt you may feel), snap a picture with your phone first.

Where to start: If you haven't used it in the past year, throw it out.

3. Pick 3 wins.

If I could give any piece of advice to my fellow entrepreneurs, it would be this: Pick the 3 things you MUST accomplish for the day and prioritize them. When I work with my 1-on-1 clients, I'm often asked, "But how do I know which 3 to pick? Why only 3?" Since my clients and I set goals together, I respond by teaching them to filter their actions by looking at their to-do list and saying "Will this action get me closer to or further from my goal?" If it gets you to your goal, it makes the cut. I always say start with 3 small wins. Anything you do after that is extra credit. 

Where to start: Each morning, complete the following sentence, "If I only get these 3 things done, I'll feel good about what I accomplished today." Then, do them!

Got any burning questions about Procrastination, Prioritization or Time Management? Check this out.

I'm giving away one of the BEST tools I use with my VIP clients "How to Prioritize Your Goals & Still Have a Life!"