The simple life, we all want it and are envious of those who seem to have it. If you notice the word “seem” this is what can fool us as what we see may not be what actually is.
I know for myself, at times I make tasks or situations more difficult than they really are either because I put them off or I allow emotions to get in the way of progress.
Many managers that I have talked to feel their work life is becoming harder and they cannot accomplish what is necessary each day. Each morning they come to work already frustrated because they were not able to complete the work from the prior day and know that each day they will play catch up, but know they never will.
If you suffer from the “got-to-catch-up” syndrome what you need is a good plan of attack to get you caught up and keep the momentum going forward.
Here are a few steps that that will get you started in the right direction;
1. Evaluate – What processes are you doing now that you could simplify? Do the difficult things first. Are there tasks that you could stop doing and it would not make a difference? Leave emotion out and look at each task individually.
2. Define Goals – Make them easy. Write down the three most important tasks that you need to do for the day. It has been proven that if you write them down the night before, that you are more likely to accomplish them the next day.
3. Plan of Attack – Write down your plan of attack for the three tasks that you need to accomplish. When, how much time, and what you need to complete it. By addressing these three points, you will be prepared for when you begin and will be more motivated to complete the task.
At the end of the day, look at what you did accomplish and not what you did not. You will feel better and be more inspired to get back to work tomorrow.