the secret toLast year I made it my goal to master #productivity. Naturally, I failed.

My idea of productivity was having your house like Martha Stewart, your business like Steve Jobs and family dinners that would rival Leave It To Beaver.

I spent too much time trying to get systems in place so I could “do it all”. While I’d never admit to striving for perfection, I was using the word productive but I really meant perfection.

I failed.

I failed because I can’t achieve something that doesn’t exist. Perfection is something no woman has reached.

Mastering real productivity doesn’t mean you’re doing it all. It means you have strategically decided what to focus on and what to ignore.

It’s being okay with having to re-wash the towels you keep forgetting to move to the dryer because you just rocked a podcast interview. It’s finding people to help you with tasks you hate, like house cleaning, so you can focus on booking a new client. It’s choosing to ignore Grey’s Anatomy tonight and exercise because if you don’t care for yourself, who will?

Real productivity is making hard decisions for what’s going to get done and what’s not.

Real productivity is taking action on the tasks that you and only you can do.

Real productivity is choosing tasks that will move you forward to make the biggest impact long-term.