Thought of the Week From Maria
How to Complete Something You've Been Procrastinating On
Like most busy people, I have a long list of TO DOs in both my personal life
and my business life. On that list, in order for anything to get done, some
items must take priority.
I have two lists...a Master List and a Daily TO DO list.
My Master List is long. It's a 'laundry list' of everything I have to do, or
may like to do. Next to each TO DO, I have a priority letter, A, B, or C,
depending on how important and/or urgent that TO DO is.
My Daily TO DO List is short. I only allow 4 items on it at a time...and nothing
else goes on it until those 4 items are done. Sometimes, I get those 4 TO DOs
done in one hour. Sometimes, it takes me a day or two. It all depends on the
complexity of the tasks. The only time I bring over 4 new items is when the
old 4 TO DOs are done.
This is a wonderful system that I've been using for years. There is one small
flaw though...it's very easy for me, on my Master List, to ignore a non-urgent
item and never bring it over to my TO DO list. You know the one...that one
item that you really should do, but you don't really want to tackle for one
reason or another.
As of late, I began noticing that one item still on my Master List for quite
some time...never making it over to my TO DO list, and turning into a small
thorn in my side every time I saw it there.
So, a few days ago, when I finished my 4 TO DOs on my Daily TO DO List, and
was ready to transfer over the next four...I finally brought that one thorny
TO DO over with three other tasks. I tackled the other three first...and then
was left with the one TO DO I've been putting off.
I began working on it, knowing I had to get it done before I could begin working
on my next four TO DOs...because THAT is MY RULE. I don't break good rules.
And you will never, ever, in a million years, guess what happened? I worked
on that thorny TO DO, until it was DONE. It was actually a really nice
accomplishment that served me very well in my business, and now it is done,
off my list, and not causing me any more grief.
So, how do you accomplish something you're procrastinating on? You simply make a
decision to get it done...and then you do it until it's done.
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