If you are like me, you find it difficult sometimes to start working, because you cannot see the end in sight! You say things to yourself like, “This will take me forever I can’t possibly get this done!”, or “I don’t want to spend my entire day working on this!”
So I have started a system where I limit the amount of time that I spend working, so I don’t feel overwhelmed. I set a timer on my computer for 33 minutes and I work and stay focused for those 33 minutes, I don’t take any phone calls, I don’t chat with anyone, I just stay focused for the 33 minutes. After those 33 minutes I give myself a 10 minute break to do whatever I want to do. Get a cup of coffee, surf the web, whatever! After the ten minute break, I return to my task, if I did not finish it, or move on to a new task.
I find by doing this, I don’t feel overwhelmed by how long I think a task will take, because I am only working on it for 33 minutes. Give it a try!
I downloaded a timer to use on my computer for free at: http://www.harmonyhollow.net/cool_timer.shtml
I hope this helps!
I find that feeling good about your life is one of the keys to happiness and contentment, and feeling good starts with gratitude! Take stock of your life, and the good things in it, and say “Thank You”! Before your feet hit the ground in the morning say “Thank You”. List out the things in your life that you are grateful for, and that make you happy and remember them!
To help me do this I keep a small set of beads in my pants pocket, and every time I touch them it reminds me to think of something I am grateful for. I carry these with me all of the time and it helps me remember to be happy!
Today is one of those days when, where ever I look I see things that I need to do, but haven't, and it does not take long for me to feel overloaded. When this happens I start adding these items to my future to do list, I have already identified the few critical items that need to be done today, and this helps keep me from getting distracted by all the other items. I am not just disregarding these items, I am simply writing them down to be prioritized later.