I love making lists and thinking that I'm going to get all the activities completed and checked off by the end of the day. I'd find that I had too many tasks, or one of the tasks took longer than I had anticipated, or I got distracted, or any number of things!
How I had envisioned my day to end wasn't my reality! Instead of waving my completed to-do list in celebration at the end of the day, I would use it to beat myself up with. Guilt, frustration, and then resolve to do better "tomorrow" became a familiar routine.
But then I had a breakthrough! (no, not a breakdown! LOL)
I work really well under pressure or deadlines. So I came up with a new plan. Each day I would have 6 or fewer activities on my to-do list. When I began the activity, I would set my timer for 15 minutes. I'm a little competitive, so I worked hard and truly focused to see how much I could get done before the buzzer rang.
The results were staggering! I found that by breaking the tasks into 15 minutes segments, I got more done in less time. I found that 4 15-minute segments were more effective than 2 hours of watching the clock, shuffling papers around on my desk, stopping to take a phone call or check emails, etc.
What do you think? Give it a try and share your experience!
To-do lists and 15-minute solutions. Just another "how-to" that can make your life easier.