How often do you find yourself with a to-do list that is a mile long and complaining that you have only 24 hours in your day?
The sense of overwhelm can cause a sense of paralysis which makes things even worse. So, how can we prevent feeling stressed?
There are different approaches to getting tasks done:
- Prioritizing based on the characteristics of urgent (= time-sensitive), important (= goal-oriented), non-urgent, non-important (google ‘Eisenhower matrix for time-management’ for details)
- Grouping jobs in likewise categories such as all emails, all phone calls, all errands etc.
- Some people tackle their least favorite task first thing in the morning. This strategy allows them to get the ‘mental obstacle’ out of the way and frees their thinking.
- Others prefer to start their day by working on the most important task that will bring them closer to their goal. This approach gives them a sense of accomplishment and fuels their motivation.
Of course, there are plenty of other methods out there and you might need to try which one works best for you.
Whatever you choose, the main aspect of it all is to determine the objective of the tasks and the ambition you bring to the table. When you keep your goal in mind you can approach each situation with greater clarity and therefore, more purpose.
A well-defined direction will allow you to overcome hurdles, especially when the biggest barrier seems to be the ticking clock on the wall.
Wishing you a wonderful week with a clear direction!