If you have been following this blog for a while, you will probably be aware that my life has been derailed by situations, events and the never-ending house rennovations! Things like this happen, they rise up like damp and drag all your time, focus and energy until you're just a dried up husk, a HUSK I say!! And while you are dealing with these big issues, other things have to be put on hold. But what happens when you are finally able to get back to those things on hold?
There is a lot to be said for planning. When we make plans, we are creating a form of commitment to ourselves and to others. We are structuring our days into some working cohesive schedule in order to move forward with less friction. So that's what I want to talk about in today's blog post, the Power of Planning.
Being productive can make a huge difference in your life. However, it can be easy to mistake being busy with being productive. And all it takes is something small to derail your productivity. So if you are currently derailed, or maybe you just want to push through the "busy" and be more productive, check out …
You may be reading this title and scratching your head wondering what the heck an OOT is? Don't worry, it's not some strange new dance or the latest social media platform full of people doing that new strange dance! OOT refers to "One Off Tasks!"
Do you ever find yourself bouncing between tasks? Then by the end of the day, you have several things started but very little finished? It can be a form of procrastination and definitely one of unfocused working. We jump from task to task, not finishing the first before bounding onto the next.
Do you love every book you've ever read? My guess is, not. You may, like me, not even love every book by your favourite author! And that's okay (no matter how guilty I sometimes feel about that). It's important to remember that you don't love every book, that not every story you read will draw you in, not every main character's journey will affect you deeply. And the same can be said for your story
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? Do you constantly strive to do better, be better? Perfection is as elusive as quicksilver. It is the unicorn people desperately search for, claiming to see glimpses of it. Just need that little more time, more patience and finally, we'll see it, we'll reach it.
Have you ever struggled to deal with the Paper Mountain? Paper is one of life’s curious things. It’s completely inanimate and yet with a propensity to breed until you’re suddenly drowning in the stuff!
Being organised isn’t something you are automatically born with. Sure, some people seem to have a propensity for it but mostly, it’s a learned skill. That means you can get better at being organised. It involves putting systems in place and the discipline to actually USE them. That second part is where a lot of people fall down.
Last year, I wrote a post that discussed the merits of picking your Top 5 Tasks/Projects to focus on. We are easily distracted by Shiny Object Syndrome that has us flitting from one thing to another and actually gaining enough focus to truly commit to a project or task can be hard. The premise of the 5 Focus Tasks is that these are the ones you truly commit to and you DO NOT take on any other tasks until these are completed.