One of the things I love in life is simplicity and effectiveness. When something starts even moving towards gettin’ complicated, I try to find a way to keep it simple. Maybe that means looking for a different way to do things or maybe that means breaking down the task into small manageable pieces.
So here is what I did the other day when I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of my projects and demands.
I sat down and wrote out everything that needed to be done. Everything that was taxing the back of my mind as well as the little to-do tasks. Getting it out of swimming in my head and on to paper. (Yes, I still work primarily with pen and paper!)
That is the simple part.
For the effective part, I did a quick sort of what needed to be done now, next week, later and never – love those ones. And get on it.
Then here is the secret trick. What I call eatin’ da frog. I read a saying many years ago that I have never forgotten, “Eat a bullfrog first thing in then morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day!” hahaha
So my next list is the “frog” list. And yes, I write “Frog” at the top. This list is those handful of things I really really resist, hate, can’t face, can’t stand to do but know I must.
And I simply will myself forward to one, just one, of those things each day. That’s it. Simple. Effective.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!