I hope that you are each doing well today. This week is busy for me, as I am guessing it is for many of you. Today I was thinking about a mountain of undone tasks. I stepped back, did some deep breathing and prayer. THEN, I moved forward to my method to obliterate procrastination.
When I get overwhelmed by an enormity of random or unrelated tasks, I need to literally get out my large index cards and make lists. Yes, I know there are countless apps, there are spreadsheets, etc. But, when this feeling encompasses my mind, I need to see things on my Kate Cards.
Here is what I do. I set up a card for each broad Project. Area. For instance, I currently run 3 businesses. So I set up a card for each of those. On each of those, I write just the tasks I have (in my case, I just do it for this week). Then I put all the random tasks on each broad category card that I have been procrastinating.
For my home tasks, I currently have a 2 story house. So I set up a card for each floor, with the exception of yet another card for kitchen, to put my menu planning etc tasks on that.
Another card for correspondence/bills/gifts.
Why all the cards? Well, this makes it easy for me to cherry pick which tasks are making me especially crazy from the various categories. Sometimes family matters require most of my attention, and to be at home. So in that case, I pick some of the tasks I can do then.
That makes me realize I need to add another card for a big time eater for me, facebook connecting and facebook groups.
As you can see, it is essential for my peace of mind, AND to obliterate procrastination, to just get many of the items DONE. If I just make a long Things To Do List, I get bogged down and it seems like too much to deal with. On the other hand, if I see that I need to connect with 2 FB groups, write 2 letters, and view a training podcast, that can be done at “smaller time nuggets” rather than all at once.
I don’t know about you, but waiting to do something until I have hours and hours available is a strategy doomed for FAILURE! My mom used to say “let’s just put in a good 15 minutes”. As usual, she was wise.
I am certain that you have read countless books and articles about time management. Perhaps none of this is new to you. My 5×8 index cards helps my Procrastination Management, which helps me Obliterate Procrastination, and reduces my stress. Stress Reduction helps my optimism.
What helps you optimistically Obliterate Procrastination (at least for the day)?