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Tip 1: Do it first –possibly the world’s simplest organizational system
In one of my favourite mindset books “The Big Leap”, by Gay Hendricks, the author reminds us that actually we have enough time to do anything that we want to do, it’s just a matter of whether or not any given thing is a high enough priority. So his organizational strategy is simple. In the morning list the three things that are most important to you to spend time on that day and commit to doing them first. Let the housework, answering emails and other maintenance tasks take up whatever time is left.
Tip 2: Park the tasks you are not currently working on, both practically and mentally
Yesterday we talked about some things that can make you feel drained mentally and emotionally. Something else that can drain you is feeling pulled in different directions and trying to multi-task all the time. The trouble with multi-tasking is that we can only make decisions about one thing at a time. Decisions require the undivided attention of our conscious mind. So anything that demands two decisions at a time (like operating a cellphone while driving) actually requires us to interrupt one decision-making process to attend to the other and is therefore may not the most conducive to efficiency (or safety).
Something else that I noticed during that crazy time of new parenthood was that even when I was supposedly doing only one task, I was busy worrying about all other things I had to do which of course detracted from my focus, made me less efficient and a lot more stressed! So I found it helpful to make a schedule to get various tasks done so that I could stop worrying about them knowing they would each get their time.
Journal your answers to the questions below help clarify how you can reclaim your time and keep mundane tasks and the anxiety that can go with then at bay:At the end of the day how often do you feel celebratory at what you have achieved or experienced that day?
Ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong and world seems to be against you?! And the more irritated that you get, the worse it gets? One morning this week, I was feeling under the weather and everything I did seemed to take more time and effort than usual. So I […]