When it comes to productivity, there are things that you must do and then there are things that you would like to do. Those things that you must do are always at the top of your to-do list and they are there for a reason. They keep the lights on. But then there are a handful of things you would like to do but for which you can never seem to find the time to get done.
They always sit at the bottom of your list waiting for that arbitrary “someday”.
But the real question is — when is that “someday”?
Chances are when you say someday, that translates to never. But don’t always neglect the bottom of your to do list. Here’s why.
There is never a good time.
Frankly, if you keep pushing what you want to do off, you’ll never do it. There will always be something more important or more urgent. For things that are only “nice-to-do”, there is never a good time to do it. That is why you have to find the time. You can be productive and get all the things that you need to do done, while working on some projects you are passionate about as well.
What’s not important now may be later.
You may be putting things off because they’re not necessarily important to you now. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be later on. It takes time to work up to your goals and passions. Get a head start now. Chip away a little at a time and before you know it, you’ll be done.
Learn to prioritize the non-essentials.
Being productive doesn’t mean getting as much done as possible. It means getting the right things done. Some things are super important but that doesn’t mean you should just forget about it. We all have a long list of what we deem as non-essentials or nice-to-dos. While we can’t do them all, learn to prioritize a few.
Focus on self-improvement.
Our to-do list too often only consists of doing things for others, whether it be family, friends or coworkers. We push the “me time” down all the way to the bottom. Don’t forget to focus on yourself. Think about what you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for. Maybe it was writing a book or going on that trip. Do it now. Focus on your passions. Giving yourself time to do things you love is just as important as everything else.