Thoughts Are Everywhere
Picture all the things going on in your head right now. Calls you have to make, appointments you have to schedule, getting the oil changed in your car, picking up the dry cleaning that has been dry and clean for weeks . . . Forgive me if I’m already making you nervous, but help is on the way.
One Thing At A Time
No matter how much is racing around in our heads, we can only do one thing at a time. What trips us up are all those rouge thoughts that tell us even if we’re doing something productive at the moment, there are hundreds of other things that are clawing for our attention. The secret is to figure out what truly needs your immediate attention and the magic comes when you’re able to focus on just that one thing while temporarily being able to put the rest aside.
The Miracle Of Sticky Notes
So all the things you need to do are still swirling around you like mosquitoes you’re trying to swat out-of-the-way. Years ago, I took a project management course that introduced me to the miracle of sticky notes. Today I’ll touch on one of the ways that will help simplify and prioritize all that needs to get done.
- Get your hands on some sticky notes
- Find a place that you can focus on just you for a while
- Start thinking of all the things you need to get accomplished over the next couple of days or perhaps weeks.
- Without worrying about any type of order, begin to write out individual, action items (something that needs to happen) on the sticky notes. It’s important to notice that these items are ACTION items. For example, can you see the difference between the two statements below?
– Air pressure in tires
– Use air gauge to check pressure in tires
The first sentence is just a statement. The second is where you are telling yourself to take action.
- Once you’ve exhausted yourself of all that needs to be done, take the notes and place them in an order that makes sense to you.
- Start in on what needs to get done for the first sticky note.
And what should you do with the rest of the sticky notes for now?
Box Them Up & Put Them On A Shelf
I recently went out to lunch with a dear friend. Her daughter was a freshman in college this past year and she was becoming overwhelmed with the heavy workload. My friend told her daughter to mentally picture all the things that were bogging her down that didn’t really need her immediate attention. She then told her to put each one in a box, label the box and put it up on a virtual shelf until it was time to take them down, one at a time.
You can use a similar method with your sticky notes. Grab some type of box, put the sticky notes inside and put it away until you’re ready to take on the next item. (By the way, don’t be afraid to hand a few of those sticky notes over to others who may be able to help out!)
Now Look What You’ve Gone & Done!
By focusing on one thing and shelving the rest, you’ve given yourself plenty of room to tackle what needs to get done. You don’t have to worry about anything falling off the shelf. You’ll calmly get what you need when the time comes, but for now, the rest of the boxes are sealed tight!
Remember, one step at a time . . .
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
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