It’s a feeling we all dread.
You have a big week, month, event, clean-up or family gathering ahead and there is so much to be done.
If you’re like me, you’ll start with a check list. I love them. I write them all the time. If it’s not neat enough, I’ll write it again, convinced the neater it is, the more organized I will be to complete it!
And I love ticking items off my list when it’s completed! Love, love, love it. 🙂
What keeps me motivated is success. The sense of achievement. The success may be progress, or it may be completion. If you’re unsure about what dominant motivator you’re driven by, read this article. This will help you identify whether you are motivated by achievement, affiliation or power.
Here are my top 7 things that I do to help me get started, stay focused and happily tick items off my to-do list.
- Pick the easy things first. Tackle the jobs that will only take a few minutes but still deserve a big tick. Make the phone call. Write the note. Go to the shop. Deliver the item. Whatever it is, jump in and do it.
- Tackle the hard stuff when you feel most focused. If you’re a morning person, don’t even think about tackling the big stuff in the afternoon. Work out your own optimum productivity time.
- Commit publicly. Tell your friends, partner, children, significant other about your plans. This will help hold you accountable, especially when they ask how your project is going.
- Get excited about it. Visualize the end result and how good it will be or feel.
- Set a time limit or a date of completion. Having a time goal to work towards will keep momentum steady, and not see you scrambling at the end trying to get it all done.
- Know that some times you will feel like quitting, or stopping. If motivation wains then our productivity output decreases right along with it. Prepare for down-days, we all have them. Just don’t write them off & quit.
- If your project is large one, Google inspiring stories & see what amazing things other people have completed. I find this always fires me up when I’ve lost focus.
Share your best starting point & what your dominant motivator is.
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Thinking about all of your responsibilities at once can be stressful. Try to alleviate this stress by noting your obligations on a calendar and keeping track of them using a planner.
Oh, #3 is bad for me. I find that telling someone else my plans for self-improvement is a recipe for failure, whether it’s growing my business, decluttering at home, or losing weight. I’m sure it’s a personality quirk of mine, but if I get behind and someone points it out, I feel humiliated and I don’t want to continue. I dread even the thought of someone pointing out a failure, so I do better if I just don’t say anything and get on with the job. That works best for me.
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Nice write-up but I think to stay more focused and productive you should try project management tools like proofhub and basecamp also. These tools helps a lot in managing task. Try these tools and feel the change it brings.