“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” — William James
Have you ever had those days where you just know you have way too much to do? In fact, there are literally so many things to do that you have to figure out where to turn your attention first.
I really need to finish that project, return all those e-mails, and start that other assignment I was supposed to do last week. I also need to get to the grocery store, pick up the dry cleaning, and do laundry.
You’re running into challenges left and right. Things are taking longer than you thought. You know that you really need to get everything done and you also know that you’re already behind schedule.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Well, if it does – know that you’re not alone. I know exactly how you feel because I have been there. In fact, I am there right now. I am totally in the heat of finishing this next book and my course.
I can see the finish line, but I know there are still steps (and plenty of them) I need to take.
In the past, I would have started feeling the pressure and panicking. I would have allowed myself to get all worked up and focus on how much more I still had to do. You know that great quote – “Focus on how far you‘ve come, not how far you have to go.” — well, I would have done the exact opposite.
But, you live and learn — right?
I finally realized that freaking out never got me anywhere and it most certainly didn’t help me do everything that still needed to be done. In fact, it made me even less productive.
So, now I have a new approach and I am totally recommending it because I am literally living through this experience right now and it’s working.
If you are also at a point where you have way too much to do, I really want you to join me and try this out.
It’s All About Today
No matter what we have going on, the most important thing we ever can do is find our way to enjoying today and the moment right in front of us. We need that enjoyment to flow into every single thing we are doing – that’s how we create our best work and that’s how we feel at our best. There are actually specific things (described below in the Possibility of Today Section) we can and should do to make sure that happens.
Keep Moving Forward
And, the other very important thing to remind yourself of is another great quote -
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
You’ve got to keep this top of mind and keep pushing forward. You’re almost there. You have come this far and what you want is right around the corner. This is the time that most people give up. This is the time when people let the doubts take control. But, not you – not us.
Let’s do it differently.
The Possibility of Today
1. Keep that Chief Negativity Officer in your mind on ‘radio silence’. If your mind tries to convince you that you’re not moving quickly enough, or that you’re too tired and can’t go on, let those thoughts rise to the surface, but then remind yourself of the truth. You absolutely can do this – in fact, you’re already doing it. Remind yourself how far you’ve already come.
2. Inject Yourself with a Passion Boost. Every morning before you get into your work, remind yourself of all the reasons you want to successfully complete whatever it is you’re working on. Reflect on how great it’s going to feel when you finally finish.
3. Integrate 3 “Time Ins” into Your day. Take 3 “Time Ins” – one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening until you complete your work. What’s a “Time In”? It’s when you take 5-10 minutes and just relax, refresh, recharge. You do something you love doing that gets your energy flowing (i.e. go on a walk, read, or just enjoy silence). This will really increase your productivity and allow you to feel great as you move through the day.
4. Get Organized. Put together a plan for how you will complete everything and then of course you’ve got to actually do it. You should write everything down and plan out the times when you can accomplish things. Writing it down is imperative because it clears your mind and allows you to see a clear path and how you will tackle everything.