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Staying ahead of tasks can be compared to chasing the rainbow - We get close, but hardly ever get to hold the lovely colors in the palm of our hand.
Isn’t it amazing how much work there is today, tomorrow, and endless days ahead? It’s a good thing! We condition ourselves to be creative and effective a certain number of hours a day. If for some reason we lack designated things to do, we start on another task. The next day brings the usual barrage of chores. Suddenly, we’re behind because there’s no time to work the newer one.
The lesson that’s learned is that it is often better to determine what should be completed on a daily basis and focus on that target goal. Lately I’ve kept a frantic pace trying to complete things that are close to done, only to work myself into the ground. The truth is the work will still be at my desk when I sit down the next day, and something else will take its place before the day is over.
Three of the top methods I’ve discovered for managing work are focus, perspective, and strategy. It’s much easier to achieve my goals if I know:
- · What I’m trying to do.
- · How I intend to achieve it.
- · Completing a project before deciding to revamp it gets more done.
My mom used to say “It’ll still be here tomorrow.” As usual, she was right.
What techniques do you use to make the days less crazy?