Things to do vs. What I’ve done

I had an a-ha moment this morning.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling really tired but this morning I realized that most of it was not physical fatigue but mental.

Now I am a note taker – constantly jotting – writing things down, yet I still felt the burden of all my thoughts about what I had to do collectively weighing down on me.

Of course THINKING isn’t a bad thing.

I encourage thinking. In fact Napoleon Hill of “Think and Grow Rich” fame, talks a lot about ACCURATE THINKING and I’ve heard Dan Kennedy underscore this point many times.

What then am I suggesting?

That we stop THINKING about what we have to do and start doing them. I have thought about all the stuff I have to do to the point of mental exhaustion. This is NOT healthy!

So starting today create a Universal list of all the things you usually have to get done in any one week. Make personal time with yourself a priority. Block an hour for this in your calendar throughout the week. Most times we are frazzled because we don’t take time for us.

Make the time.

When you start each day – look at what you have to do and start with the first thing. Focus on that one thing (no checking of emails, answering the phone, blackberrying etc) for 50 minutes. When that time is up, get up and move around. Stretch. Get a drink of water. Then get back to work and focus for another 50 minutes.

At the end of the day, focus on what you did “get done”. What did you in fact achieve? Celebrate that. Feel good about it.

I’m not saying that this is a guarantee to get everything done that you set out to on any given day, but I do feel that it does guarantee that you won’t feel as mentally exhausted as I did in these last few weeks.

I’m going to THINK less about what I have to do – and “do” in 50 minute spurts.

What about you?

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