One of the timeless philosophies from our favorite magical nanny, Mary Poppins.
The music, the comedy, the importance of family... all memorable themes from the classic Disney movie, BUT one often overlooked theme was Mary Poppins' passion for productivity! She consistently advocated DOING things instead of being all talk.
1) A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down
Sure there are things we don't want to do but have to. That's life! According to Poppins, the way to get thru it is to make it fun! Singing a song, making your task into a game, rewarding yourself with candy or something you really like...all good ways to breeze thru things you don't want to do.
It even works for things you DO want to do. I always say never underestimate the power of a good playlist. It makes you work faster and more efficiently because it puts you in a positive, uplifting mood.
Have you ever attempted to do something important while in a foul, negative mood? It likely took you a long time, or you didn't finish at all.
That's a mouthful, but it's better than nothing according to Poppins! This fun song is about making conversation. If you're lost for words, don't sit silent, say something. Anything! Well ok...let's not take it too far and get ourselves in trouble ;)
Ever get stuck and you're not sure what to do next? Well here's a tip, don't do nothing! Open a page of your journal and start writing until you think of something. Go talk to someone, doesn't have to be about your business, just start talking, ask about their favorite tv show or favorite youtube channel, anything that comes to mind
Getting into the conversation, whether with yourself or with others, will get you thru a roadblock quickly and easily and get you onto higher, more productive ground!
3) Until The Winds Change
Mary Poppins states from the very start that she'll stay one week as a trial period. Then when the children say they wish she could stay forever she replies "I'll stay until the winds change". The winds weren't literal winds, she was metaphorically speaking about the general vibe in the family.
She was very serious about her task. She knew what her goal was (to repair and strengthen the family unit) and she set herself a deadline (one week). And when that was done it would be time to move on to another family.
The job in the grand scheme of things is never done, as Poppins recognized in the end, but the task at hand has to come to an accomplished end eventually. It's highly productive to go into a project knowing when it will end and what a successful end looks like.
For Mary Poppins, a successful end meant the family was flying a kite and having a fun time with each other, that's how she knew she succeeded and it was time for her to move on. The "winds" changed, meaning the general vibe in this family was changed for the better.
How Can You Incorporate These Tips Into Your Life?
Comment below in the comments section.
How can you add a spoonful of sugar to your boring tasks?
What have you done recently to get thru a roadblock?
What does a successful end look like for you? Do you know when a project is finished?