Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with your list of To Dos you really don’t know what to do or where to start? I can certainly feel like this and the first thing I do is write a list … starting with Make a List (at least I get to tick something off straight away)! However, I’ve noticed that the busier I am, the more I get my jobs crossed off. Why?
I work as a freelance event and project manager and currently have no immediate contracts, so, since January, I’ve not been working. I looked forward to embracing this time and couldn’t wait to be the perfect mom, wife and friend, i was going to get all my to do’s done, along with fitting in a visit to the gym, meeting for coffee, organizing my office, complete an early spring clean, bake cookies, and plan ahead ready for the next contract. I was definitely going to get all my ducks in a row.
Unfortunately, it didn’t start off very well – I just about managed the exercise bit (30 minutes cross fit training) but that would be all for the day! Although my class was only a sweaty 30 minutes somehow by the time I got home, showered, dried my hair and got dressed the day seemed to have very little time left. I was always shocked where the day went, the house wasn’t a pristine show home, my list just kept getting longer and you couldn’t open the hall closet without signing a health and safety waiver, I couldn’t guarantee you wouldn’t have become Flat Stanley when a whole load of junk fell out! Now I’m not one to brag but while I was working full-time on my last work project, the house was pretty clean and tidy, the beds made, the meals planned, the dog walked and the closet was risk free of fallout! So what’s the big difference? Answer: The concept of time.
I recently read an amazing life changing book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero – so life changing – it inspired me to give up my job in marketing and pursue being a freelance event/project manager! Something Jen Sincero believes is, and I’m summarizing, if we have three hours to a complete a task, it will take three hours but if the deadline gives you only 30 minutes to do the same job – guess what? It will only take you 30 minutes! This was definitely true for me – so I gave my important tasks a specific deadline one that had to be completed before another task could start, so it really did have to be finished. It could be something important like, I have to send my resume to one perspective client before I go to my morning gym class or something basic but necessary I have to put the laundry on before I go out to buy the groceries. Guess what? It works wonders. I now manage to fit (most) of my important To Do’s into my day and the busier I am and the tighter the deadline, the more I get done. And, sad as it may seem, ticking off my To Do’s (I’m such a completer finisher) makes me so happy and it doesn’t matter if it’s completing my tax returns or just putting the laundry on – the more I cross of my list the happier I am!
Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.”