Getting things done is a top priority for most of us. We have school to slay, businesses to run, children to raise, relationships to nurture, dinners to make, industries to revolutionize….. it’s a lot . Sometimes it can feel like there are just not enough hours in the day or even enough days in the week to accomplish everything we would like. There seems to be a major time deficit going on in most of our lives and getting a hold on our responsibilities, tasks, family, and sanity can seem overwhelming. And let’s face it overwhelm leads to plain ole giving up .
I have personally felt the walls of my tasks feel like they are closing in around me. I’m talking about those moments when it seems like you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to start … so ultimately you don’t. You just sit and lament worrying about what you have to get done or you switch back and forth between tasks not really making progress with anything.
So what’s the solution ? More hours ….cut things out of your life….just continue not getting things done ? Nope. The truth is , it’s not about the time you have. We all have the same 24 hours in a day right ….
Time is non refundable, use it with intention.
Surely enough the issue you are experiencing is not a function of a lack of time but rather HOW you are utilizing the time that you do have. As with most things in life, having a plan to tackle your tasks and breaking up your goals into smaller pieces will make any task more digestible.
My favorite example is of course a cartoon reference because… well, let’s just say I’m not 100% committed to this adulthood deal yet lol.
Patrick star , best friend of everyone’s favorite yellow sponge , has the same problem with food that many of us have with our work . He scarfs it down…. Takes it all in with one giant bite ( if you can even call it a bite).
Swallowing a burger whole is no healthier than attempting to “do it all “ without a plan , process, or connection to your passion. It is easy to say being productive is just about pushing yourself to physically carry out a task. But in reality there is a mindset to successfully executing your goals and there are clear inhibitors to that success.
If you find that you have difficulty staying on task, finishing projects, and being overall productive and efficient with your time you may be making one or more of the five mistakes most people make when struggling to get things done.
1- You are not clear
One of the most interesting and amazing things I have learned over the years is that many people who find themselves not getting things done and still do not understand the importance and power of a to do list. Let’s be real with ourselves for a moment , How can you possibly keep all of your responsibilities your thoughts your ideas and your tasks all in your head at one time? . The reality is most of us do not have the memory necessary to keep up with everything that we need to in a day. It is also a supreme waste of mental energy to try to remember what you need to get done over and over throughout the day.
Make a list and check it.
Invest 15 to 20 minutes of your day to outline your To dos and tasks. Creating a list creates clarity on what it is that you need to do and help to establish a plan for when we need to do it and it’s level of priority in your day. This will actually help you create a plan and process to get things done ,decrease stress by ceasing the attempt to juggle multiple things in your head, and also help you become more consistent by taking out the likelihood for forgetting something important.
Try This :
Take 30 minutes to write out a brain dump to do list. Write out everything you have swimming in your head that you would like to take care of. This is a great foundation for creating a plan of action to execute those tasks in an efficient way .
2- You have no plan
Walking around winging it is not the BEST way to boost your productivity. Things that are well-planned generally tend to go better. But You must be saying but, Marjani, you just told me to make a list. Isn’t that my plan?
You would think so right ? But a to do list and a plan to execute that list are not one in the same. In fact this is one of the biggest reasons that people feel overwhelmed with things that they have to do because they don’t understand that having a list of tasks In fact this is one of the biggest reasons that people feel overwhelmed with things that they have to do because they don’t understand that having a list of tasks will not . magically make you more productive. The list we created in the activity above is the starting point for creating a plan of action.
A to do list tells you what you need to do. Your plan explains when how and the level of importance of the task. Without a plan of action, you know what you need to do but you don’t know when we need to do it and how you need to do it . or When you can prioritize your to do’s and task fit in them into time blocks or scheduling them throughout your week you allow yourself the peace of mind to know what you need to do when you need to do it and you eliminate the responsibility of having to remember what tasks are the most important to get done in what order.
Sort your to do list by level of priority and deadlines. Then take the top priorities and Distribute them through your upcoming week. Find places in your schedule to block off time to handle one specific task at a time.
3- You are multitasking
Whoever said multitasking was a good idea … LIED. Technically, the human brain can’t multitask. It can jump very rapidly from one task thought or idea to the next. One thing to note is that when you stop a stream of consciousness to move to another you block your creativity your flowers and your tea technically, the human brain can’t multitask. I can jump very rapidly from one task thought or idea to the next. One thing to note is that when you stop a stream of consciousness to move to another you block your creativity your flow of energy . and your overall productivity. Taking multiple tasks on at one time is a sure way to get less done.
Create time blocks.
Devote a chunk of time to one specific task . ; Whether it is one hour to study without any distractions for working on any other projects or if it’s 15 minutes of mindful meditation without distraction be sure. you are staying focused and mindful in the moment. . Finish your activity to completion before moving onto the next task. When you focus on one task at a time you will do a better job of executing that task.
4- Missing the message in your mistakes
We all make mistakes, but the key to success is learning from your mistakes… And the faster you learn from them the faster you grow. Self-awareness and mindfulness provide us the ability to view our actions as a third-party and observe them from the nonjudgmental perspective. This extra sense of self gives us insight into how we can improve our behaviors and shift our actions to be in alignment with our overall goals.
Reflect on your week and the tasks that you were able to accomplish. How were you able to utilize your energy to get closer to your goals? Did you try something different this week that seemed work or did not work to have a more productive week? One of the most therapeutic and eye-opening ways to reflect is through journaling. Spend 10 minutes at the end of your day reflecting on your goals actions thoughts and the use of your energy throughout the day. Once you have done this you can go back and read what you’ve written and adjust your plan of action for the following week to get more done on your to do list. Making mistakes is normal but not learning from them is detrimental to your success.
5- Your inner voice is a whisperer
So some people have the biggest problem with this next issue . Self discipline! All of us have an inner voices I had one that may sound like your mom or your dad but it is the boys that helps you stay motivated and do the things that you need to do even when you don’t want to do them. Sometimes we caught her conscience sometimes she’s just annoying voice in the back of your head but ultimately when you strengthen and empower that voice on the inside it will be easier to do things that you need to do because You have armed your InterVoice with self-discipline.
Self-discipline is the foundation for starting something and completing it. If you have a hard time finishing projects and doing what you say you will do then discipline is an area you may need to work on. Creating a disciplined mindset is not something that happens overnight. It is the result of habit-forming ,consistency, and hard work.
Choose a habit or a task that you would like to achieve or adopt over the next 30 days.In a journal or on the calendar track daily whether or not you were able to accomplish that one task or activity every day. Track this progress and your consistency over the 30 days. Make it a challenge even invite your friends to join staying consistent can be hard but if you have a system to keep yourself accountable you can increase your discipline with 30 days of consistent action.
Do any of these sound like you ? Sound off below !