If I can work on something a little longer, I know it will be perfect.
As soon as I finish this project, I’ll have more time for family, friends, and even more projects.
Does that sound familiar? I thought that way for years until I realized that I can’t do everything and that actually, I shouldn’t. I was focusing more on how much I could accomplish instead of what I should accomplish. Changing my thinking changed everything, and I quit feeling overwhelmed.
There are a few things you can do to lighten the load and create a bit of calm in your life.
- Set a cut-off time. You know how it goes…you watch one video and then click on links to a related video. Or you read an article that links to another and an hour later, you’re still clicking on links. Set a timer for 30 minutes, click on all of the links you want, and when the timer goes off, get back to work.
- Learn to say “no.” When you say yes to one thing, you take time away from something else. Before you say yes, make sure it’s the best use of your time and you’re not letting anything else suffer. No is a powerful word. Use it often.
- Dump toxic friends and clients. Do you have people in your life who never have anything positive to say? They’re the ones who take advantage of you, don’t respect your time and don’t appreciate you. Blocking them out of your life sounds ruthless and heartless, but why associate with people who would rather see you fail than succeed? Instead, surround yourself with friends and clients who want the best for you and want to work with you, not against you.
- Chop your To-Do list in half. Take a close look at your To-Do list, or at all of the sticky notes stuck to your monitor. How many of the tasks can you dump? Before you keep a task on your list, make sure it’s going to help you reach your goals. Focus on the quality of tasks, not the quantity.
We’re all strapped for time. With lists of tasks to complete spiraling out of control, e-mails coming in faster than we can answer them, and new business opportunities waiting to be explored, its no wonder we’re all on overload. When you take the time to focus on what’s important and block out what isn’t, you’ll have time for the things that do matter.
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