As you start your week and look at all the things that you need to accomplish each day do you feel overwhelmed? It’s easy to get dragged down by all that requires our attention. The key is to get a good handle on what needs to happen and make a plan to get it done. The first step is to identify the important things that must be accomplished this week. Then you have to create space and time to get them done.
To make the most of the time you spend on the important items you must focus clearly on the task at hand. This can be very hard to do in this busy and noisy world. However, there are several steps you can take to help clear the air around you to get things done.
- Know your peak time. When are you most productive? Is it early morning, late morning, or afternoon? Use this time to get the things done that need the most attention and focus.
- Block time on your calendar. Schedule an appointment with yourself to get work done during your peak time. This will allow you time and space to focus your attention on the important tasks.
- Tune out. Close your email, turn off the ringer on your phone, and close any instant messaging programs. This is time to focus so eliminate or minimize distractions.
- Get your energy up. Do something that will raise your energy level. Listen to music that gets you charged up, take a quick walk at a brisk pace, close your eyes and get yourself centered or whatever works for you.
- Just do it. Now that you’ve cleared time and distractions sit down and get to work. Keep your mind on the task at hand and table other thoughts that come wandering in. If needed make a note and get back to work.
- Celebrate completion. Take a minute to relish the feeling of getting it done! Check it off your to-do list and now it’s time to get moving on the next item.
If you start the week with a plan of how and when you will get things done, starting with the important items you will be much more successful in reaching those goals. Know that things may come up that change your plans and force you to reorganize your time. That’s okay. If you have identified the big items to get done you will keep them in your sights and get them done. The smaller, less important tasks will be the ones that move around instead of the important ones. It’s easier to make room for the small tasks than it is the big ones. Start big and work your way down. You will get more done than starting small and working up.
Plan to focus and then work your plan. Have a great and productive week.