Tomayto, Tomahto...Right?

You did it! You've finally created some extra space in your morning to get a couple of extra tasks done. Your morning schedule went from a hectic rush to a smooth routine. Nice work! Now, it's time to load up that to-do list and get to work. Filling up that list won't be a problem, I'm sure, but have you ever stopped to think about why the items on your list need to get done?

The issue here is not what to add to the list but what not to add. It takes a little more focus and purpose on your part to create a list that produces productivity over busyness. There is a big difference to note here because being busy does not always mean you're being productive. "Tomayto" does not always mean "Tomahto". There have been times that I found myself crossing off my whole to-do list, yet still no closer to my goal because I did not take the time needed to properly construct my list. 

Make your list and check it twice. Go through your individualized to-do items and ask yourself whether or not that task will bring you closer to growing or getting better. If that means only adding ONE thing to your list that day, then so be it. Try focusing on why this is the priority rather than focusing on what else needs to be done. I think I speak for most when I say that multi-tasking is difficult–I seem to get the best results when I focus on working on one thing at a time. 

It's very easy to fill this new available time and space that you've created in your morning with more things to do. We just have to work a little bit harder to make sure that we don't confuse tomayto (busyness) with tomahto (productivity). 

Regardless of whether or not every item on your list is a productive one, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. You have decided to get a little uncomfortable again today. This is another brick to add to your foundation–something for you to build off of tomorrow. Keep checking in with yourself...ask "How's that working for me?"

"The road to great results is paved with consistently practicing simple, yet effective, habits." -Chris Wells