Have you ever wanted to do something but felt overwhelmed and not really sure where to start so when you do eventually sit down with your laptop ready to go you will find anything more interesting than what you had in mind? Sound familiar?
Well that’s me today. I have so many things I need to do but when I sit down nothing is flowing so I turned to ‘Harry Potter wizards Unite’™ to find me some entertainment. I had a character walking on my keyboard and then a storm arrives. I’m sure there is some metaphor in there somewhere!
Procrastination can be a massive issue for both your personal and working lives, but it can be used as a really great motivation tool. For me I like to make a plan. If I can see it written down, it makes sense and I can then visualise where I need to go and what I need to do. I also have a play list on the go with happy upbeat songs that make my toes tap and belt out a few one liners!
So, if you’re struggling with things at the moment please don’t be too hard on yourself. We all need some downtime AND just remember to keep moving forward.
Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Write things down that you need to do, either on sticky notes, pen and paper or a digital version. It may be necessary to write a time frame next to each one so you know how long each one will take. Whatever you decide, double it.
- Next, decide which ones are the most important and urgent. There is a little table below which I have used many times to help me decide:
|2.Not urgent but Important||1.Urgent and Important|
|4.Not urgent and Not Important||3.Urgent but Not Important|
- Now notice how you feel that you are getting s**t done! Feel empowered to start working towards your goals and associate these feelings with accomplishing tasks.
- Start with the ‘Urgent and Important’ list. Begin with the most enjoyable and this will get you into a rhythm. Focus on the actual doing and not the feeling of overwhelm. When you have completed the ‘urgent and Important’ list, celebrate. Reward yourself for all your effort.
- Next start working on ‘Not urgent but Important’, then ‘Urgent but not Important’, and finally ‘Not urgent and not Important’.