Do you ever wonder why you aren’t getting stuff done? If you do, please read on and see if you identify with this… My to-do lists are more like delusional wish lists. Lately there has been an added element to that, too: My delusional wish lists are ruining my morale. I write down tasks and then immediately feel the desire to flee far, far away. This impulse quite understandably curbs progress. This time, however, I have a plan, and it’s based on my strengths. For me to even begin this plan, I had to spend time recognizing my strengths and weaknesses. Once I did that, I saw why certain tasks were remaining on my list for an embarrassing amount of time. I’ve illustrated this exercise below. (more…)
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…)
Have you ever started working on a project that was really important to you, but then suddenly you just stopped? Do you work on your ideas and then abandon them before completion, or do you finish them only after a Herculean effort at the end? Examine your stories. You may find roadblocks there. Stories are the collection of things you tell about yourself. Your stories involve how you look, how you feel around certain people, and what kinds of things you think you need to make your life complete. Stories also include your perception of your abilities: things you do very well, and the things you might not even want to try because “you’re bad at that.” Your stories started a long time ago, and they have since become part of your identity. (more…)
What drags you down? My negative thoughts can attack me on even the best of days. They are so persistent and so effective that I have come to call them The Undercurrent. The Undercurrent is a quiet, unseen, and vicious tug that is always running just beneath the surface of seemingly tranquil waters. It has a nightmarish component: In the river of my thoughts, there is a monstrous force that reaches up from underneath to grab my neck and drown me. Whenever I want to do something I deem noteworthy, this negative “stop her now” energy lurks about, waiting to spiral me downwards to my untimely death. There’s hope, however! I’ve identified this B Horror movie drama as the scalding disapproval that comes from my inner critics. I have a whole bunch of them, and they are like guerrilla warriors, ready to ambush me when I least expect it! That’s why I have to pay attention. It’s either that, or have my hopes and dreams slain by those tricky little soldiers. Today, I won. I followed my dreams despite The Undercurrent. I didn’t drown; in fact, I’ve made small steps towards accomplishing my goals. Lately, I’ve been winning more often. I’ll share how. (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…)