Getting over the Barriers

| 6/10/2012 10:13:00 PM

Tags: getting started, becoming more productive, becoming more effective, managing your time, avoiding procrastination, avoid procrastination, Dan Chiras,

Adversity often leads you along new and more exciting paths 

In my last blog, I introduced a simple idea that could help you get organized and become a much more productive person. A simple notebook to record important details of your professional life and record your daily to do lists. I realize there’s nothing revolutionary in starting to-do lists. Most people have them, but the idea of keeping them in a notebook may not have occurred to you.  

A notebook where you record lists, important conversations, notes about building materials or prices while you are shopping, and other important details becomes a central repository of information, an external hard drive that helps you keep track of details and ultimately better manage your life. It also helps relieve stress, allowing you to live a more peaceful and productive life. 

I’ve developed a few techniques to help the to-do list.  Many times when I arrive at my desk, early in the morning, with my notebook in hand, my to-do list can be a bit overwhelming. I find myself saying “You’ll never get all this done today.” My heart may start to race.  

To avoid panic and paralysis that often follows, I quickly pick out an easy task – an extremely easy task, like sending an e-mail to an editor or calling the local hardware store to check on some building materials.  Or, I may tackle one important e-mail or all my e-mails. E-mail responses can be pretty easy. 

Tackling an extremely easy task or two revs up my engine. A half hour later, when I finish my e-mail, I’m up and running. I then often pick another relatively simple task, and then another. Soon, I begin to ease into more difficult work.  Before I know it, the day’s over and I’ve checked off every single item on my list – or a good portion of them. Those I didn’t finish are quickly shifted to my next day’s to-do list.  

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