Yup, it was one of THOSE days. One of those weeks, in fact.
A million small things to do. Each of them necessary, but each of them about the same level of priority, and each of them as inspiring as wet socks. Wet socks probably were actually involved somehow!
Hubby on the East Coast on business. He says New York traffic is horrible. Yes, I tried to feel sorry for him!! But as always when he’s away, I found it hard to focus.
Mostly, I just needed to DO the million small things. When what I actually wanted to do was read. Or write. Or sing. Anything but DO!
Usually when you have a lot to do, you write a To Do list and prioritize it, right? But the trouble was that the list would be five miles long, and like I said, everything the same priority.
Just a normal bunch of groceries, car maintenance, school stuff, doctor and dentist visits, and housework. Enough to fill a week if I really attack it enthusiastically…but oh, boy, the enthusiasm just wasn’t there.
Not the time for a To Do list.
Time for a To-Done list!
So you’re wondering what that is? It’s the key to getting past ‘blah’. Specially on days you can’t seem to focus, and your jobs are equal priority.
Take a blank sheet of lined paper. Name the next chunk of 30 minutes at the top. I wrote 8:30-9:00.
Even better…you can download a free To-Done! printable here! 🙂
Set the timer for 10 minutes. No more, no less.
Now, until that timer goes, work.
It doesn’t matter what. Dishes, laundry, whatever. Just pick something and stick with it.
When the timer goes, quickly write down what you were working on. Then set it again, and get going again.
If you’re interrupted – kids, phone calls, you pick up something and get distracted with it – write it down.
When you finish that first half hour, write down another. Somehow only looking at 30 minutes at a time, broken into 10 minute sections, isn’t as daunting as a whole day or a whole week. You’re just trying to see what you can get done in that little bit of time.
You’ll probably suddenly hit a point where it no longer makes sense to set it for 10 minutes at a time – that’s fine! It took me about an hour and a half, by which time the house was tidy and some laundry done. But keep working like a fury, and writing down what you’ve been working on.
Having written it all down, I even had proof of what I had accomplished – and sometimes it feels like you NEED proof, when you’ve been working like crazy on a million micro tasks!
Better than that, though, just from working like my life depended on it for a few minutes, I was energized enough to get the most un-inspiring errands done in between school runs, the rest of the day.
I intentionally got the worst jobs done first. Which meant that the rest of the million small tasks that were left seemed comparatively interesting, when I attacked them the next day!