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9 Obstacles Preventing You From Getting Shit Done

You’ve tried and tried to get more done in less time but it always seems like an impossible task. Am I right? I know I am because I struggle with productivity too. In fact, I’ve made it a point to write down whatever thought or feeling I have when I don’t feel as productive as I wish. In doing so, I’ve come up with 9 obstacles preventing you from getting shit done, and some advice to overcome these barriers!

This post is for you if:

  • You want to be more productive but you don’t know where to start
  • You don’t want to get distracted so easily
  • You wish there were more hours in a day
  • You want to take control of your life

I’m sure you know I could go on and on, but I won’t so you can get to the reason you clicked on this post!

Check out these 9 obstacles preventing you from getting shit done:

1. Fear

Fear of becoming productive is real y’all, but it presents itself in different ways. You can be afraid of imperfection, afraid of failing, or afraid of the amount of work it takes to become productive.

I have news for you – being afraid of change, especially drastic change is a 100% completely normal feeling for a human being to experience!

Being afraid doesn’t make you weak, either. In fact, it just means you care.

Whenever you’re afraid to begin a new project for whatever reason, take these following actions to overcome that fear:

  • Challenge yourself to begin or do more – there’s a lot more drive in you than you think.
  • Focus on the end goal – remind yourself of why you want to be more productive and work toward that goal.
  • Give yourself the credit you deserve. Everyone needs a pat on the back sometimes to keep them motivated. Why not pat yourself on the back?

2. Too many ideas

Do you have a million ideas circulating in your mind right now? How many unfinished projects do you have laying around the house? Have you wanted to start a business and haven’t taken the first step in that venture?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I wouldn’t dare count the crochet projects I haven’t finished. I even started painting a portrait of my dear daughter Stella and stopped before I really made any progress. 

So, what do we do when we have all of these unfinished projects and great ideas lingering? We make a plan. We get organized. We become proactive and productive. Do a thought dump/brainstorming session to get all of that out of your head and onto paper, then move forward from there.

3. Distractions

You don’t know what a distraction really is until you have a family! Where’s the lie?

I’ve literally lost count of how many times Marquis, Olivier, Zora, AND the dog have busted in as I’m writing this post. If you’re wondering why Xaiver isn’t on that list, it’s because he’s at school right now but he’ll get his chance to disrupt all evening.

I digress.

How do we overcome distractions? I’m glad you asked!

  • Put your phone up (away)! Having your phone present while you’re working is an easy distraction to embrace and a tough one to get rid of.
  • Keep your desk clear and your area organized. Don’t be like me with my crazy ass desk and piles of laundry stacked around me. Stop judging.
  • Use headphones! This is actually my favorite tip because for some reason I focus so much better when my headphones are in, even if I’m not listening to anything. Plus, you can pretend like you can’t hear the kids arguing in the next room and eventually your partner will take care of the problem. Try it! #sorrynotsorry #gettingshitdone #letmebegreat

4. Consistency

Consistency is key, especially when you’re trying to be productive! But I know how incredibly hard it can be to remain consistent. When you have too many ideas, you’re distracted, and disorganized, maintaining consistency is extremely hard. Then on top of it all, you get upset with yourself because you’re finding it difficult to be consistent. Sound familiar?

3 proven ways to stick to the script include:

  • Implementing consistent practices like setting Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based) goals and making a schedule.
  • Supporting your consistency effort to the best of your ability by taking breaks and giving yourself a break if you miss an appointment or a deadline.
  • Changing your thinking by tracking habits and progress, setting boundaries, and eliminating negative thoughts.

5. No time

We’ve all confronted this obstacle at one point or another. Why does it never feel like there’s enough time in a day to get everything done? Well, because we’re not being productive. If you feel like you have no time, try time blocking. Time blocking is a method of listing your tasks (color-coordinated, of course), frequency of tasks, and estimated time to complete said tasks on a single spreadsheet. You then use that task list as a basis for scheduling your day down to the hour or half-hour on another spreadsheet. The result is an array of colors symbolizing your busy hours and blank boxes which represent FREE TIME. Sounds cool, right? Give time-blocking a try with my FREE Time Blocking Workbook below!

6. Feeling overwhelmed

Take the kids to school, go to work, pick the kids up, take one kid to karate, take another kid to football, cook dinner, tidy up, pick the kids up again, get them ready for bed, and find time to focus on yourself (yeah right). Is that your life? Are you holding it together? 

Parenting is exhausting. Parenting and adulting are overwhelming. Parenting and adulting and self-caring can drive you to your wit’s end. I get it.

We’ve already discussed a few tips for getting productive, and all of those tips will help curb overwhelming feelings, but one thing YOU MUST DO is take care of yourself. Your self-care needs to be a priority because feeling overwhelmed can easily turn into feeling defeated, and feeling defeated can turn into feeling depressed. So please, take care of yourself.

7. It’s not the right time

Have you ever caught yourself saying, “It’s not the right time,” in reference to a project or new idea? What does that even mean? If now isn’t the right time, when is the right time? 

Tomorrow isn’t promised. No matter how cliche that statement may be, it’s true. Stella fell ill one day, a few weeks later we were told she was dying, and one week after that she passed away. So I know a thing or two about tomorrow not being promised.

If you really don’t believe now is the right time to start scheduling your days, set boundaries, or begin a new project, ask yourself why not. Why start that diet on Monday when you have everything you need on Friday?

Start being productive today, my friends. You’ll be happier for it.

8. Lack of resources

Lacking resources can be a legitimate obstacle to getting shit done. Don’t I know it. When I started this blog I felt like I had nothing because I didn’t have a website, a business plan, and no wiggle room in our budget to finance my new venture. I thought I’d never get my blog going.

I was so focused on what I lacked, that I didn’t bother to realize everything I already had at my disposal. I had a background in writing, experience with building websites, and people around me who were willing to invest in my dream – shoutout to my sister Kim for buying me the Creative Workbook for Creatives, the gift that propelled me into blogging.

The moral of the story is to count your blessings and make a list of everything you already have that could help support your efforts.

9. No plan

No plan? No problem! All you need is an hour, a notebook, a writing utensil, and an idea to get your plan going. Do another thought dump/brainstorming session. Get those ideas, obstacles, and resources onto paper so you can see all of the components that will go into your plan. You just have to do it. Once you start, you’ll want to keep going and you’ll be feeling more productive in no time.

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