Today’s #1 tip (working online):
It has been said that making a list is the easy part. That’s very true, but at least it will give you a clear view of the size of the problem that needs addressing.
OK – so there aren’t enough hours in the day. What are you going to do?
It’s as simple as a, b, c …
A. Prioritise Your List
Not everything on the list is going to be urgent. But you have to be honest with yourself and don’t ‘sweep over’ the things you don’t want to begin tackling. If there’s a timescale attached to anything, then acknowledge that and prioritise it accordingly.
B. What to tackle first
So now you have a list of things that need to be done asap, but not in any particular order. Did I mention there would be rules??? No? How remiss of me!
The first thing you look at is the thing you LEAST want to do. The one that fills you will dread, either because you know it’s terribly late (hey, you’ve only just started making lists), or it’s a task you don’t relish.
Rules come with rewards – believe me, you will feel SO much better once the first ghastly task is out of the way. It builds impetus and as you work through your urgent task list you will begin to feel that you are on a roll.
C. Reward yourself
If you try to do too much, especially if you are playing catch-up and ALL of the tasks are either brain-draining or, conversely, have a tendency towards the mundane, you need to be kind to YOU.
Reward yourself with a break, even if that means simply half an hour doing something you enjoy doing.
Here comes another RULE. At times when you are struggling to cope it isn’t helpful to take frequent coffee breaks. Drink while you’re working and clear some fun things off your list during your ‘break’.
They call it tough love. There’s no point in pretending the work is going to go away, but if you can shift a significant amount the release from the pressure and worry is IMMENSE.
Health warning: 1. Do stretch your legs from time to time and drink plenty of water. If you do the latter, the former is a no-brainer. 2. Are you ergonomically challenged? If you are, sort yourself out a seat that doesn’t give you backache and you will save yourself all sorts of future problems. Trust me, I know these things …