Have an insurmountable to-do list, or many projects at work that you’re feeling overwhelmed by? Read on to learn some tips to help you to finish tasks.
First, take a deep breath! You can do this. How does that saying go? What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Take it one step at a time. You can’t do everything all at once but you can do one thing to completion.
Take a few minutes to organize your space before getting started. Set aside 10 minutes to remove clutter (bonus if you can do this before you go to bed at night!). Only keep the things you need in front of you for work, and this may help you to focus throughout the work day. I’d also suggest removing sensory distractions to help you focus. If you have them, put on noise-cancelling headphones, turn off the TV, and put your phone on airplane mode or at least have it put away with notifications off until it’s time for your work break. Speaking of a work break, that brings us to…
Protect and manage your time
It can be soo easy to get swallowed by the social media scroll and shopping or researching online! Something that has been helpful for me and countless others has been something called “time chunking,” or the “Pomodoro technique” (did anyone else’s grandparents have one of those tomato timers in the kitchen?). When you block off your schedule to focus on a task, try setting the timer for 25 minutes to focus on one task at a time. Once the timer goes off, set it again for 5 minutes for a reward break to do something that will be life-giving! Protect your time. You will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to get stuff done!
Learn to Let Go of the Outcome
Make peace with the fact that you can’t control the outcome. All you have control over is how you show up and the effort you put in to your work. Don’t compare yourself to others, but recognize how you are measuring up and focus only on comparing yourself to past versions of yourself, giving yourself credit for your abilities and improvements that you’re making! Remember, done is better than perfect! Let me know how time chunking / task chunking worked for you!
Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as legal, financial, or medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional advice of your own attorney, accountant, physician, or financial advisor. Always check with your own physician, attorney, financial advisor, accountant, or other business or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.