I mean, does a person who is always on top of things even exist? We’re busy dealing with family to-dos, procrastination, health issues that pop up and still grappling with the fact that a pandemic is going on. Wishu is here to help you manage your time when you feel like you’re always behind.
First, write down everything you have to do. Next, highlight the 3 most important tasks. You’re human, which means you can only do one thing at a time. For this reason, order your to-dos in a prioritized order.
In the famous words of Solange “do nothing without intention”. Intention is crucial when it comes to focusing on creating good work. Every time you sit down to complete a task, focus. To create this focus be sure that your environment allows it i.e put away your phone, have a comfy chair, light a candle whatever you need to. After you complete each task, get active! This could be for five, fifteen or fifty minutes be it making a cup of tea, phoning a friend or going for a walk. This helps create a boundary between each task and installs a sense of accomplishment. It also gives you a break which means you are less likely to procrastinate during focus time.
- You don’t need to do everything all at once
Many of us unintentionally create extra tasks for ourselves because we want to feel a sense of accomplishment. This could be due to setting expectations that are too high or by failing to say no when appropriate. See how the expectation of getting everything done is hurting you. See that you’re stressing out, feeling overwhelmed, procrastinating because of all of that, being harsh on yourself, feeling disappointed. Try and complete tasks from a place of love for yourself and your life – which tasks are genuinely necessary and will lead to revenue or happiness?
- Create a flexible structure
Creating a list of tasks or a schedule that is too rigid leaves no room for failure and this room is a necessity – we are only human after all. A rigid schedule may look like this
Wake at 7
Workout 7:15 – 7:45
Shower 7:45 – 8:15
Clean 8:15 – 9
Email 9- 9:20
And so on…
A simpler and more flexible structure may look like this
Wake at 6:30
Morning tasks 7-9
Inspiration 9 – 11
Creation 11- 4
House chores 5-6
Flexibility means the ability to shift the structure as needed. It means being willing to put aside what you had planned, to deal with what has come up. But it also means not just abandoning the structure when things get uncomfortable or you feel like procrastinating. For example, if something pops up in the end you could still fit in the extra work between 7 and 9pm.