I’m sure you’re familiar with the strategies that are being shared in the online business world to increase productivity: “Batch your time!” “Work more hours!” “Get up at 4a instead of 7a!” “Do the most important thing first!”
And while all of that is well and good (well, most of it), there’s one aspect to productivity that I feel like is being left out of the discussion - and it has everything to do with YOU.
When it comes to being productive, it’s important that you know how you work best. Now, that doesn’t mean just “Oh, I get the most work done in a coffee shop/coworking space/on my couch in my pajamas.” What I’m talking about is the totality of your environment, your brain, your body, your emotional state, your mental state, etc.
Everything that makes you who you are is going to have an effect on how YOU are best productive during your day.
Before we get too much further, I want to take a moment and explain what I mean by “being productive.” To me, being productive means that I am doing the work that needs to be done in a way that feels the best to me, and honors who I am and how I work best.
I know, I know. But what does that actually mean?
This means that I have my to-do list in Asana. EVERYTHING goes in there. If it’s not in Asana, it won’t get done. (This is something I’ve learned over the past two years.)
I have certain tasks that have to happen at a specific time, but most of the day is open. That means that I am giving myself the freedom and flexibility to choose what to work on when. As long as everything gets done for the day, and I feel good about how it happened, then I’m satisfied.
I work best out of the house (think coffee shops, coworking spaces, libraries, etc.), but I can only do well on calls when I’m in my own space. I give myself (and my team) buffers before deadlines so that there’s space to adjust if needed.
I use the same two blends of essential oils in my diffuser every single day, and my brain now associates those scents with work. Whether work means writing a blog post, manning customer service for a client, hopping on a live call with my Business Clarity Experience clients, reading a book, or anything else that might happen on a given day.
To me, all of that goes into maximizing productivity each and every day. By creating environments that honor all of these different facets of myself, I am able to be the most productive and not feel overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt out.
I’ve been doing most of this for most of this year and last. Things get changed as I learn more about myself and what I need to be most productive, but for the most part it’s stayed the same. Until I learned about and started using essential oils.
In February, my mastermind met up for an in-person retreat in Atlanta. One of my mastermind sisters uses Young Living essential oils and introduced them to us. Pretty soon after getting home, I ordered my starter kit and began using them.
The most surprising way that they benefited me was in my business. I realized that certain essential oils actually helped me be more productive than usual. I was so intrigued about why this was happening, so I did a ton of research.
What I learned is that essential oils support every single system in our body. That means when we use certain oils, our body responds a very specific way. Think of how you will usually get relaxed if you smell lavender. Or invigorated if you smell peppermint.
Essential oils are like that, but much more intense and potent. So by using the oils that will help increase productivity and lower stress, we are able to get more done and feel better about how we accomplished everything on our to-do list.
While every person is different, and they’ll respond to different oils more, here are a few of my favorite Young Living essential oils for maximizing productivity:
Every single human on the planet needs this oil! Like the name implies, it literally makes your stress evaporate. I love love love this during crunch times, or when I have longer work days.
You can get it in a convenient roller as well, which is perfect for keeping with you on the go!
Like I mentioned above, peppermint is a really invigorating scent. It wakes up the senses and the brain, which I love during the afternoon. Instead of feeling like I’m hitting a wall, I feel ready to keep moving forward.
This blend is amazing - it gives you so much natural energy. And without any crashes! I love to diffuse this with Stress Away and Peppermint -- it’s really an amazing blend that will help you feel more alert, energized, and ready to tackle anything.
Have you ever used essential oils before? Let me know in the comments!