Find it difficult to get things done? Always feel constant worry and stress? Here are some easy ways to get the job done and get some peace of mind.
Some people are just so amazing, they get so much done and always plan way, way ahead. In some ways I can be good at planning ahead (like when I’m on work), but when it comes to my hobbies and personal plans, I’m hopeless. Well, maybe not, but I felt hopeless much of the time.
I get easily distracted and I want to do it all. So what’s really happening is I stress about all the things I’ve should’ve done, but didn’t. It’s not a good feeling, and sometimes you feel like a failure. Just by not doing “simple” things like cooking a healthy dinner all week. What kind of a monster are you?
This is what I’ve learned from many years of postponing projects and goals.
1. Kill Your Darlings
Ever heard that expression? I really find it useful since I have so many ideas all the time. I’ve sometimes wondered if I should make this make this my living, to give ideas to others just like a bank of ideas. It never stops, my brain is always creative. So what I’ve learned is that I have to start shutting down the ideas that ain’t the best for me, or have the wrong timing. Things happen little by little.
After I’ve killed some of my ideas my next step is to prioritize my goals. Which ones are most important to me (all of them of course), but what do I want to do first? Perhaps it’s starting working out? Or make that website I’ve delayed for months? I start writing down all the things that most be done, and in what order I want it.
When I write down what I want done, I start to schedule. I make a deadline and plan how I’m going to reach my goals. Good scheduling is everything, but don’t make it to complicated, be realistic. Allow yourself some time of to be with friends and relax as well. You need to be at a good place to make good things happen. A schedule shouldn’t be stressful, but fun and helpful on your way!
4. Monthly Goals
This is a new things I’ve started doing. I finally got my hands on a whiteboard, that hangs right above my desk. Here I write down the goals I have for the month I’m in. Again, don’t make your goals to hard to reach, that is not very motivational in the future. It’s a constant reminder what I want done during the month and really helps me focus. I will never live without a whiteboard again.
5. Praise Yourself
Always be proud of what you’ve done, even if you didn’t get to do all the things that you planned. You live you learn. And maybe next month you’ll get it all done. Don’t forget that life happens and guilt is such a wasted feeling. Be your own motivator, not criticizer.