“At the end of every week, I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing.”
“My to-do list is just constantly growing and I feel overwhelmed.”
...Saying Goodbye to exhaustion and incomplete work. Start with these three steps to take back your time, energy, and attention.
Sounds familiar? You’re definitely not the only one in this situation! What you need to do now is…
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗼 𝗗𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀!
If drains take away our time and energy from important tasks, then incompletions take a toll on our mental state. Incompletions are any items on our to-do lists that we have yet to complete. They can be related to work, but they can also be personal. Both drains and incompletions arise for everyone and cause delays and barriers.
𝗜𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲, 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Addressing both drains and incompletions can help you free up bandwidth and be more present and productive in your day-to-day.“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.” If you are spending your time, energy, and attention on tasks that don’t support your overall mission or key priorities for your work, it’s time to re-evaluate where your energy is going. Here’s how you can start:
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟭: 𝗜𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Set aside 20 minutes on your calendar and minimize distractions for this check-in with yourself. Spend five minutes listing down all of your drains and incompletions. There’s no need to categorise them. Write every last item you can think of, from what you need to pick up from the supermarket to that conversation you need to have with your client until you there is nothing left swirling around in your mind.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟮: 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹
Before you begin to decide how to address the items on your list, there’s a critical step. You must determine what you can control and what you cannot. How much time do you spend worrying, problem-solving, and fixating on what you cannot control? This can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and disempowered.
Take a look at the drains and incompletions you listed. Now, cross off all of the items you have no control over. It’s time to stop giving away your precious resources to these things. Commit to redirecting your energy to addressing the things you can actually do something about.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝟯: 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂
Take a look at the drains and incompletions items left on your list. Confirm they are all items you can directly address, meaning you have some level of control over them. Now, spend ten minutes going through your list and deciding how you will tackle each item.
A few ways you could address incompletions & What you could do to address them – Check here!
𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲
The biggest hurdle in beginning to address drains and incompletions is that it’s a process that will require your time, energy, and attention. It may feel like an overwhelming request at first, especially if you already feel depleted of energy. However, the short-term investment will create long-term rewards as you take action and see results. Addressing drains and incompletions may seem like a small, simple idea, but it can dramatically improve your workflow and increase your energy and feelings of productivity.