You’ve got the universe on your shoulder.
You’re so edgy you snap easily these days.
And it’s cos you’ve got loads of projects to do. And you don’t know how you’ll ever get them done.
I know. I’m a preacher of doing more to achieve more. But when you’re crushed under the very weight of too many tasks: writing your blog posts, finishing some clients’ work, completing an ebook before deadline date, etc the rule changes here.
“One day at a time
Take it one day at a time
The road may be rough to ply
The path too narrow to try
Do not be afraid
To take it one day at a time.”
Okay, those lines bore. But you got the message, right? It’s one day at a time. Only in this post, it’s One work at a time.
Simply put: Get one work out of the way, before attending to another.
Often, I’m tempted to want to handle all the works I have to do just to finish up early and get my hand at rest (not to say giving my best). But I’ve found I hardly get them all done and still fall short of the deadline. That’s when, for most writers, worry sets in.
Well, banish worry and get them done one work at a time. How?
1. TAKE A DAY OFF.
You’ll need to identify what needs to be done, in what order they ought to be done, and how they ought to be done. And these can only be done when your mind’s ‘on break’. Can you take a day off to do this? It pays to do so just so you can get your mind cleared and at rest, ready for the work that’ll start the following day.
2. ARRANGE THEM IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE & DEADLINE.
This happens on your day off.
Perhaps, you’ve got loads of deadlines to meet. It’ll be fitting to arrange these tasks in order of their importance and deadline. You’ll know which should come first and which shouldn’t get you to worry at all. Prioritise accordingly and get set to get going.
3. ONE DAY, ONE WORK.
It’s the following day. Now pick off only one task that must be completed today. If it’s writing queries to be pitched to new clients that’s first on your list (and it’s got a closer deadline for you), spend the whole day doing that.
4. GET RID OF DISTRACTION.
No matter how tempted you are to worry about the other tasks as you work on one each day, don’t yield. Put that off your mind. Stay your mind rather on completing the task at hand. And even if it comes to you to put this task aside and begin another, no matter how juicy the thought is, shove it. Get one done today and out of the way, then move to another the next day, and another the next day.
Before you know it, you’re done and ditching edginess, because you’ve learned what works: Taking it one work at a time.
How do you often get too many tasks done? Share your comments below.
Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.