After last week’s longer post, I try to get a short one in this week. It is sometimes difficult to get all content in, yet stay within a certain range of words. And some chapters just don’t break up nicely.
So let’s look at another real life examples.
You have a project that needs to be finished in time, start with the end, work backwards and identify the critical path. That is simple. Baby step identification that will lead to the achievement of the bigger goal. Like in coaching. You start with the yearly calendar, then the monthly, weekly, daily, hourly….and I guess you do not have to go much more granular. Key is that in any project you start with the bigger picture and always take actions towards it.
GTD suggests a lot of tools, like having different lists for different occasions. That can work very well, so you have a list of calls you can make on the go, or offline tasks whilst you are in a plane. Remembering having all those lists can be tricky, so that I usually just keep one to-do list and work off it with reminders put into my diary for when I am at locations; so when I know I have a flight I put a reminder in the diary to “read the paper on real time bidding” rather than looking at my list of “things to do offline”. But that is where everyone brings in their own system. Having a physical in-tray is nothing new, using it for everything that needs to be sorted makes a lot of sense.
The biggest challenge for me is and will always be to stop my brain from going into overdrive because it is easily done and very distracting. The urge to do too many things at the same time is tempting but not very productive. Making this handwritten to do list or to brainstorm and then putting one’s thoughts into order is just fine. Just because you can do things, does not mean you have to. Delegate what you can and try to find a quick and easy way to get some tasks done.
The challenge is really to not overcharge your brain. And as mentioned, and probably experienced by most readers, the brain likes to go into overdrive. When you emptying the dishwasher and realise you have the coffee maker on, whilst burning the bacon. You already know what you want to watch on TV whilst eating and mentally already put the dishes in the dishwasher…..The moment you realise you cannot do everything at the same time, you need to relax, deep breathe in and remind yourself that it is enough to just do one thing at a time. You won’t forget to tidy the kitchen or clean it at a later stage. Just because you know the workflow already, doesn’t mean you should do it all at once. Help yourself by slowing down and chilling out, doing one thing at the time.
The trick is simple: it is called focus. And focus can be trained by meditation. By being mindful in the NOW.
Let’s look more into focus next week, and how you can train your brain. I don’t want to overload you this week 😉
Why not try to meditate this week?
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