Trapped In Too Many Tasks?
In everyday life, the sense of “dyspnoea” due to a lack of planning, is something that most people cannot manage. Dealing with it is complicated, and often occurs through an ordinary automatic reaction that they do without thinking of it. This does not produce the desired result or it produces results as messy as their inner situation is.
When you feel submerged into the sand from the tasks that need to be done, you have to take control of the situation, regain your sovereignty, make an initial assessment of the issue, and set priorities. Then you can move on to an action plan.
At first, ask yourself:
-What is the cost you “pay” by not being organized, in everyday life? Determine the cost in time, energy, mood, relationships, performance at work.
-What is the main obstacle you face every time you try to get organized? If it’s usually the same, why do you stop? What is there that deeply affects you? How can you manage it (by yourself or by asking for help) so that it doesn’t have much impact on you?
-What part of the non-organization issue would you try to control first and why? What is the sector that, due to lack of methodical managing, has a major impact on your life? Give priority to this. (By doing one thing at a time — with concentration — and managing it, you increase satisfaction levels and then you will be more confident in resolving organizational issues in other areas as well)
-Think of a sector in which you used to be organized in the past. How did you work there/then? How could that help you now?
Write down all the tasks (or areas of activities) of yours and answer (for each one) the following questions to evaluate them:
-What is your compelling reason for doing this activity?
-What does this particular job/activity gives you back compared to the time and energy you invest in it?
-To what extent is this activity necessary?
-If it’s not a major priority, who could do it as well as you, in percentage 70–80% at least?
-What is the worst that can happen if this task/ activity does not exist in your life? Will it really make a serious difference?
Answering the above questions for each activity leads to a clearing. Those -for example- in which you spend 80% of your time and energy but don’t give you back something of a balanced value, you either need to remove them from your program or rearrange the way you deal with them.
Step to Action
-What does it mean for you to be organized?
-On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your readiness for doing this, now that you have answered the questions?
-Describe how will your day be when you will be more organized. To what percentage does this description motivate you?
-What is the first step you need to take TODAY to become more organized? When will you do it?
-How will you remind yourself every day that you are in the process of becoming more programmed and organized? You can use a word that you like and connect it with your effort. Create your own game and play it in your mind during the day.
-When (exact date) will you check yourself to see where you are on your goal?
As my ancestor, Plutarch said, “Nothing depends on luck, but all on the right judgment and foresight”. To have your “tomorrow” organized, you need to do something TODAY.
Anthi Psomiadou — CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International : Credit must be given to the creator/ Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted/ No derivatives