Sometimes we have unexpected appointments, sometimes crazy things happen, sometimes lunch meetings take longer than necessary, sometimes we get stuck in traffic, and sometimes we go through natural disasters.
My point is that we can’t plan every second of every day. Stuff happens. For example, I’ve had to prepare for hurricane Irma, and no one around here knows how bad it will be and what the aftermath will be.
I thought I may not have access to a computer all day (or week). What if we don’t have enough food? Are we going to be okay?
But I can still prepare and be productive, even during a storm. Here’s how:
My smartphone has my favorite business apps already installed.
Evernote, in particular, is a godsend. I am able to create new notes on the spot including blog posts, my affiliate marketing and strategy, some web copy my business manager needs from me, my course, and work on my coaching and business training – all from one app on my phone!
Asana is also amazing because I can see exactly what steps needed to be taken for working on my website, coaching, and even course. I do whatever I can do from my phone and be productive when things keep going wrong.
I keep my book in my bag.
I’ve always got a couple of copies of my book in my bag just in case I meet someone who could use it, or when I need to stay productive. For example, I can whip it out, read it, and start taking extensive notes for things I want to improve in my business.
Get work done in really random places.
Stuck in an elevator? Sitting on your back porch because you’re locked out of your house? Waiting in the lobby for your doctor’s appointment? On the bus? No problem!
You’ve got nothing else to do in these moments so you might as well whip out your phone and get some work done. It’s amazing how much we can get accomplished when we realize we don’t have to be sitting at a desk in front of a computer to get anything done.
No wifi and no data – it can still be amazing!
My business is primarily online, which means you would think I have to be constantly connected. Turns out I don’t.
If you don’t have wifi or data on your phone like me, you can still be productive when things keep going wrong. Take some time and write, work on projects that are half completed, even write down your goals!
It can be absolutely blissful.
No interruptions. No distractions. For me, I was actually incredibly focused as I typed things out on my Evernote app.
And no, my business didn’t collapse just because I couldn’t connect online.
Moral of the story: just because everything is going haywire doesn’t mean you’re screwed. As usual, we’ve got more choices than we could imagine. Just go with the flow when you realize you can’t control the situation. You’d be surprised at how everything turns out. And remember, you can be productive when things keep going wrong.