Updating from older blog. While this is a re-run in some respects, this does apply to recovering health.
Do you start the day with a mental or written list of things that need to be accomplished and then beat yourself up when you don’t get a quarter of them done?
Do phrases like “over-ambition and under-application” “lazy” and “poor planning” come to mind?
What if part of the problem is that your energy and physical ability are not up to the kind of production you really feel that you should be able to do? How can this be overcome?
Simply making shorter To-Do lists when this leaves out projects that truly need to be done is not a good answer. You may feel better at getting the abbreviated list complete, but you may end up with a sink over-flowing with dirty dishes, the car breaking down because it hadn’t gotten maintained, or an empty larder when the storm of the century rolls in and you hadn’t done the grocery shopping.
Recognizing that we really are able, competent, motivated beings is really the first step to fixing what is off. If you weren’t really able, competent and motivated, you wouldn’t feel anything wrong about not getting things done. ( You also would be unlikely to be reading this, but that’s another topic.)
The best answer is also the longer-term one: Get your energy and physical state into a higher condition, able to zip though your days and leave successes in your wake. We’ll leave that alone for the moment and address things that can be done right now. Today.
Here’s a starting exercise. Take out paper and pen and write everything you need to do. Work, Home, Personal care, School, Church, Outdoors, whatever. List it all. Need to shave your legs? Put it down. Move the furniture from the larger bedroom so you can set up a home office? Write that down. Need to call the electrician to wire the new office first? Make sure that’s on there. Someone left trash in the yard that needs to be picked up? Likewise.
Now we’ll take the list and categorize and prioritize.
First: YOU. Your hairdresser appointment, sleep time, shaving your legs, study time, reading a novel, exercise time.
There is a very valid reason this begins with you. If you don’t have enough sleep, feel disheveled, frazzled, and unprepared, none of the rest will get accomplished.
Second: YOUR FAMILY. Keeping the family going does require attention and action. Get the dishes done, the living room cleaned, get the groceries, etc. If there are youngsters, remember that they need to be given ways to help. Delegate chores as possible.
Third: WORK Need to remind the boss that equipment needs repair or replacement? Do so. A project needs to get done this week? Be doing your work when you are supposed to be doing your work. If you’ve put the first two in order, this is much, much easier to keep in mind.
Then add School, Church, Outdoors, any other categories you’ve created for yourself.
You may feel more organized right now and try running things on priority basis for awhile and see how that works for you.
A bit more organization may be helpful in some cases. Make up lists that have to be repeated – daily, weekly – various computer calendar tools are really helpful here.
If the howling demands of everyone else wanting to be first leaves you feeling that you need a old-time lion tamer whip and chair; create a time schedule. Rough blocking out of time is really far better than going down to quarter hours.
By now, you see that you can be more productive with just the energy and physical ability you have at present. Putting a few things in their places and creating some order will allow you to get more order in place on a gradual basis.
These small successes will actually improve your energy level.