When it comes to being productive, how full is full?

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Our ability to be productive is often hindered by how full our calendars, day, life and heads are.

Imagine for a moment that you have to carry a bucket of water from point A to point B with an aim of getting as much water there as possible.

How much water would you put in the bucket?

At what pace would you need to walk at to maintain the volume?

Of course the answer depends on a range of factors, and the max volume that you can carry at reasonable speed is likely to be about 80% capacity. Anything more than that means you have to walk very slowly to not lose any water.

Our calendars are like this. When we are operating at close to 100% capacity (or more) in our daily schedules, we are at risk of slowing down projects (we have no time to do the work), or we miss or lose things along the way.

I wonder what would happen if you could consistently allocate 20% of your time for productive work . In a week, that would be the equivalent of a whole day, in a day it would be about 1.5 hours. Could you do that? 

So now imagine for a moment how much more productive, balanced and centred you would be if you were able to protect that time for your most important work.

Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your success.

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