I’m one of those people that wakes up with all the best intentions to get things done for the day: send emails, follow up, cook dinner (ok, that’s a lie), take a nap, do homework, and really knock out my to-do list.
However, I’m also the person who will have 50 tabs open and accomplish hardly anything for the day if I’m not careful.
I have to make lists, use focusing apps with timers, turn off Facebook, and take a focus pill to get stuff done.
Lately, the winter blues hit and I’m turning my Happy Light on, too.
If you’re struggling to accomplish tasks, find ways to recenter yourself and break tasks into simple steps and small pieces.
You’ll get things done without feeling overwhelmed.
I’m also giving myself permission to not be perfect in this season and being ok that “done” is better than me procrastinating until it’s perfect.
Here are some resources to help you get more things done throughout the day:
The Stay Focus Chrome Extension- “ StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.”
The Headspace App- Headspace is meditation made simple. We’ll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
Focus Keeper App– “Focus Keeper helps you keep your productivity high avoiding burnout using the timer. Work with time. Not against it!”
Happy Light– “The HappyLight Liberty energy lamp provides safe, comfortable natural spectrum light therapy in a compact solution.”
Focus Pill- See a licensed medical doctor in your area.
This is not professional medical advice.
Tomayia has been photographing high school seniors for six years and was a classroom teacher for more than 10 years. She’s been an educator on Creative Live, WPPI, Imaging USA, United hosted by Showit, and a host of others.
Tomayia has been featured in articles in Professional Photography Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, ShootProof, Black Enterprise, local newspapers, and radio stations.
Tomayia is the author of two best-selling children’s books, Mya’s Big Adventures: Career Day and The Adventure of Jaxon Maxwell: Jaxon Saves Christmas. She is also the founder of Tomayia Colvin Education, an online photography community created to empower photographers of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and be a safe haven of inclusion and diversity.
Additionally, she’s the proud founder of The Photo Cookout that celebrates black photographers and photographers of color.
She’s also the mom of two dynamic little people and is often busy shuffling kids from basketball practice to karate. She lives for the car rider line, cupcakes, Dr. Pepper, and making blue jeans, Converse, and t-shirts the new business casual. She’s currently a doctoral student at Houston Baptist University studying educational leadership with a research focus on Black Women Photographers.
Education Website www.tomayiacolvineducation.com
Instagram – www.instagram.com/tomayiacolvin
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