My friend Jen Moulton is an inspiration. If you're lucky enough to work with her, know her or wear her jewelry, you know you're in good company. She's one of the hardest working and most perceptive people I know.
We love talking shop over breakfast and hot drinks. I told her a few weeks ago that I was frustrated with myself because I wasn't working as efficiently as possible all the time. I don't have "time to waste", so why was I spending so much time on email? Why was I checking—gasp...Instagram?
I expected her to tell me something like, "Do the most important things first," or "make a schedule for your day and stick to it. You are capable of that kind of discipline!"
Instead I got:
"Why do you need to do everything as fast and efficiently as possible?"
I didn't think this was an option unless I was reading Pslams or doing yoga. I thought every waking moment had to be intentional and purposeful (and usually productive, fast and efficient). She then suggested that I look at my motives for the things that I'm stalling. It's okay to take a long time to eat breakfast or finish up a project. But if I'm really just procrastinating and avoiding something I have to do later, that's worth looking into. She also suggested I start writing down where I actually spend my time. Hello freedom! (this concept deserves a post of its own).
Jen is also the master of finding great articles. She sent me this one, which inspired me to have my highest-rated Monday in Becky's freelance recorded history. It's not long and certainly worth the read. Takeaways: even Tim Ferriss is not on his A++ game all the time. Pick one thing and ask yourself, "if this is the only thing I get done today, will I be satisfied with my day?"