Who agrees that sometimes we just need an extra boost to do what we know absolutely has to get done? The to-do list seems like a mile long and the time to get that list done hardly exists. By the time we get through the list of things that absolutely has to be done, there’s little time left to get to the list of things that we want to get done or we are just too exhausted to do anything else.
Now, I’m the first to admit that lately, I feel like I’m missing focus. We are in the midst of moving and our house is on the market and I wake up just dreading the day ahead. I sink into a hole just thinking about everything that absolutely HAS to be done and it doesn’t include any of the things that I WANT to get done. I have this list of things in my brain all jumbled up that I’m hoping to tackle but I get overwhelmed and honestly, I haven’t made a plan.
I’m also a realist and I know just how unpredictable life can be. Just when we think we have a good thing going, something changes. *Just like the naps my 3-year-old has decided he’s NOT going to take anymore which just so happened to be the time I allotted for work.*
So here’s my goal right now: Do less with more focus!
Now, that might sound like it contradicts what I’m saying but here’s what I’m thinking. It could be possible to actually do less if (and only if) I have a P L A N! Yes, a plan. So are you up to the challenge with me?
Make a Plan
In order to get organized and stay focused, it’s best to have a plan in place.
This means, I’m going to make an actual list that I’m going to actually refer to this week. Of course, that to-do list looks different for everyone. Use whatever works for you – either a notebook, an app on your phone, or a scrap piece of paper. Just physically write out that to-do list. I’m actually committing to taking it a step further and having a daily to-do list.
Do the essentials first
My every day of course, involves first and foremost taking care of my boys. There are numerous duties that come along with that from meal prep, play time, to clean up but those aren’t the things I’ll be adding to my list. Each day I will write out the essentials other than my typical everyday duties at the top of my list. And then, each day I will tackle the essentials of my to-do list first.
This is super important to me! Because I’m practically mind-warped all day long with the chitter-chatter of two toddlers, it is so easy for me to literally zone out with a mindless activity, like floating aimlessly through Instagram or Facebook. But, here’s the deal…that’s NOT tackling my to-do list. I mean social media is a big part of my to-do list but it needs to be a focused, driven activity.
Multi-tasking is practically my middle name. I feel like I make meals and clean-up all at the same time or integrate our learning time at home with a blog post idea. But, multi-tasking is not always a positive. Multi-tasking has to result in completed activities and because I get distracted all.the.time then I’m not necessarily plowing through my to-do list the way I would like to. I’m committing to multi-tasking with a purpose. That’s the key ingredient. With a purpose.
So I definitely do not have all the answers but this is what I’m committing to. We can commit to transforming our productivity together. Of course, it’s not all about work but I’m hoping a firm plan will bring more life balance – enjoyment of downtime and more productivity during my work time.