In this age of distraction, single-tasking can appear to be an act of rebellion....
Do you make to-do lists and then find that nothing from the lists get done?Feels awful, doesn’t it? Part of the reason is that the old tools for time-management may be going the way of the horse and buggy. The workplace, when compared to what it was even 20 years ago, is almost unrecognizable. Change occurs at a constant and rapid pace, and with this change is the necessity for us to continually adapt. Day Planning has become more abstract, and a traditional approach to time management has the possibility of putting us all on the brink of despair. Email alone can be a time-sucking vortex. Daily to-do lists are effective to a point, but unfortunately, life just isn’t that simple. To quote David Allen, author of the New York Times Bestseller titled Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,..
“There are few people…who can maintain some predetermined list of to-dos that the first telephone call or instant message or interruption from their boss or spouse won’t totally undo” (Allen, p. 9).If you ever struggle with staying focused and productive, read the following thoughts. You may find a few helpful tips that will help you on your way. (more…)
Procrastination Soup: When Putting Stuff Off Feels Like a Virtue The aroma of homemade vegetable soup wafts from the kitchen to the office as I sit here and write. It’s a cold winter day, and I set time aside this morning to make something nutritious and wholesome. Good of me, wasn’t it? Not really. Procrastination can take many forms, and it’s important to watch for that. When you say yes to something, you automatically say no to something else. This morning, as I chopped all the vegetables to make this wonderful soup, I chose not to do other work that is admittedly much more pressing. Virtuous procrastination has taken a very strange form for me lately. (more…)
What would happen if imperfection were the goal rather than the thing to be avoided? Perfectionism comes at a cost, and far too often, the cost is self-sabotage. Imperfection, on the other hand, can help us move toward goals in a celebratory fashion. We can actually have fun along the way! Can you relate to this little story, below? A former client of mine whom I’ll call Caron was paralyzed by perfectionism. She was enrolled in school at the time, and she would work at a frenzied pace and then sabotage herself. Caron would do one very mortifying thing: She would write a paper, complete it, and then in a fit of anxiety, she would delete the paper and start all over again. Have you ever done anything similar to that? (more…)
Real and imaginary critics abound. If you’re trying to reach a challenging goal, you’re likely to hear a few voices in your head telling you that you can’t do it. Depending on how much attention you give those voices, the resounding echoes of their negativity can be overwhelming. One of my clients described the criticism she hears while writing to be an enormous wall of criticism that simply will not allow progress to occur. Instead, she suffers, and thinks a lot about the criticism. Any words she writes appear to be pale echoes of what could be. We’re working on blasting through that wall. Here are a couple of techniques we’ve found that actually work. Try them! (more…)