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How to increase your focus by doing exactly what you want

You know those days when you have a to-do list a mile long, but you can't seem to muster up the focus to actually sit down and do it? Yeah, that happens to me often! I used to think it's because I wasn't smart enough or discplined enough to be successful. So I would just cram more and more stuff onto that list, thinking "now I absolutely have to focus and complete this to-do list!"

I'm sure you can guess what happened... I still could barely sit down and focus on what needed to be done.

Then I made this POWERFUL correlation: the more tasks I added to my to-do list, the more I felt like I was drowning in work, and the less I felt like sitting down to do it.

When I feel like I'm buried in work, I become angry and resentful. "It's not supposed to be this way," I think. And once I reach that mindset, work becomes impossible!

Then came winter storm Juno.

My first thought was "great, now I can do all the work I seem to never get to."

Then, 20 minutes later, "I can't focus!!!!!"

So, I threw in the towel. Not what you expected me to say right? Here's why:

Sometimes, we just need to play!

Most days we work, work, work; keeping our heads down and closed to awesome opportunities for joy and happiness. But what's all that work for if there's no pleasure at the end of the tunnel?

And when you're feeling stuck, don't wait for that end of the tunnel to come to you! Give yourself time to play now! I guarantee it will renew your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit! And that may be just what you need to get your work done!

So, needless to say, this week I chose to play in the snow with friends and go sledding instead of making my weekly Vlog. I hope you find time to play too!

How did you play on your snow day? Share your favorite snow day traditions and pictures on the blog!

Are you an RPP?

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Are you a Really Productive Person? Do you wake up with the drive and clarity to get things done? No? It's okay, there's still hope for you :)

This video lists four tips that can increase your productivity, focus, and desire to get things done! And I couldn't say this any better than Marie Forleo did. Here are her four tips:

- Love time! Don't hate it! Or you will surely dread it. Put a positive frame on time to make for a positive use of time.

- Have a morning routine: this ensures you kick to day off right. Eat a power breakfast, walk, read the paper, then take on your day!

- Exercise daily: it leads to increased focus and energy!!

- Don't break an appointment with yourself: I know you've heard me say this before! You are just as important as anyone else you schedule in your appointment book. So don't stand yourself up!

Which of these tips do you find most helpful? What methods are you already using to increase your productivity? Share your secrets in the comments below!