When your to do list seems to have taken over your life and you have endless things that you really need to get done, why do you waste time messing about on Facebook or sorting your sock drawer?
It’s something I asked myself the other day when I caught myself organising my Pinterest boards when I should’ve been writing an article (not this one as it happens, though it did inspire me to tackle the issue).
When we’re feeling overwhelmed we can end up procrastinating and never starting anything. It feels like we don’t know where to start and that indecision saps our energy and our confidence; if we get stuck in self-blame too then we often just give up. We’ll end up stressed, tired and anxious. So here are 5 quick and easy ways to boost your energy and get focused:
- Stop trying to do too much all at once. Multi-tasking doesn’t make us more efficient – quite the opposite in fact – so just concentrate on one thing at a time. Decide on the most important thing you need to do each day and do that; anything else you get done is a bonus!
- Turn off your devices and switch off the TV. Getting distracted by email, social media and other online activity is one of the easiest ways to waste time. And ‘relaxing’ in front of the television in the evening just sucks up huge amounts of time that could be better spent. If you need to use the internet or computer to do what you have to do (like I did the other day) then look in to getting an app that blocks you from going on to social media sites etc. [A checklist for chilling out and enjoying life]
- Sometimes we get stuck with trying to get it PERFECT; if you want to make progress then settle for GOOD ENOUGH
- Take regular breaks and get outside if you can; it’s good for you and it can help you to see things in a new way – don’t be tempted to say ‘I haven’t got the time!’. When you’ve blown the cobwebs away review your list to see what can go and what can be reprioritised.[Try our digital organisers to help prioritise tasks]
- Get some rest. I know, I know – you’ve got so much to do that you need to stay up late and be busy, busy, busy! Well, this is often the biggie; we feel anxious about how much we need to do then rush around being BUSY and feel exhausted. But we’re not getting things done. Take a deep breath and go to bed early. It’s one of the best ways to heal your mind and your body in preparation for a productive day tomorrow. [8 habits of the sleep deprived]
- And don’t forget to ask for help and support if you need to. Friends and family may be able to help you, and perhaps you can delegate some of the jobs to somebody else? Remember that you don’t have to do it all on your own and that you need to look after yourself too!