Are you feeling overwhelmed, with too much to do, and not getting it all done?
That’s what I hear from my clients who are busy professionals. And yet I also hear that when they get to the end of the day and they haven’t done the MOST important things on their to-do list, they know its because they wasted time. Even though they had a lot, maybe even “too much” to do, they also did it to themselves, their time wasting caused them to not get it all done and therefore feel even more overwhelmed.
Every task you accomplish begins with a thought. Every wasting time activity you have begins with a thought. You are having thoughts all day long –- in fact, do you know how many thoughts a human being has each day? Scientists tell us its about 60,000 thoughts a day, and every one of them is either in the service of producing the results you need to or else take you further away from the results you want.
Whenever you have a task to do , there are essentially three parts to it: what you are thinking and doing before it, during it, and after it. Your thoughts during each of those parts will determine whether you get it done and how good it is. Let’s take the example that you’ve made it a priority to get out an email blast to your clients. Here are the thoughts you might be having about it:
Before: Approaching the task you are either saying to yourself, “I know exactly what I’m going to do, I have something important to say and I’m going to say it,” or you are saying a variation of, “I have so many other things to do other than write this email right now; What are people going to think, what if no one responds to my email? I’m not really sure what I want to say; I have lost my passion for this.”
During: While writing the email you are either thinking: “This is cool, I’m getting into writing this. What’s the next point I want to make? What else did I want to remember to put in there?” or you are having thoughts like: “I don’t know what to write. That sounds stupid. Why can’t I think of something better to say. That’s my sister buzzing in on the telephone, maybe I will ask her if she thinks it’s a good idea. This is such a hassle to have to write this now.”