Great post! @mdtanos
I struggle with focus immensely. I also write lists etc… but I want to do everything today because I struggle with being able to prioritise. I feel everything is a priority. Then when I don’t get everything, I beat myself up about it. Procrastination and the lack of imperfect action are also areas I need to improve on. I use Asana to keep track of tasks and paired it with Google Assistant so I can just tell Google to add tasks to my list. I then have also created a routine yesterday which I need to follow and stick to so I’m taking time out to eat and gym not just stay sitting infront of the screen all day and evening!
I’ve started reading a book called The 5 Choices by Kory Kogon which explains the notion that your tasks can be split up into 4 quadrants. Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4.
Q1 are the tasks which you MUST do, they are urgent and important and are probably late being started and if you don’t do them you’ll be in trouble.
Q2 is planning ahead - so tasks which are important but not urgent and doing work ahead of time or putting things into place so you don’t get any tasks that turn into Q1
Q3 tasks are distraction tasks that you could do but even if you don’t it won’t have serious consequences. i.e. irrelevant reports, other people’s minor issues.
Q4 takes are avoidance activities, trivial work, excessive relaxation. The latter as a result of spending too much time in Q1 and burning ourselves out, so then we feel like yes we deserve too waste lots of time in Q4 because we’ve earned it. However, if we spent more time in Q2, and none in Q1, we wouldn’t need to burnout and resort to spending ages watching box sets in Q4.
It’s difficult to change old habits but not impossible. Also, @PLWill is right, I’m really bad at spending tooo long on social media. Half an hours, hours go by and is something I’m fighting to stop. Also, not looking at our phones the first thing in the morning is a good tip. Get on with our morning routine and not let the world, clients, issues etc… interfere with our morning routine. For example a run, meditation whatever it is. It’s not like we would have been able to do anything about any of the issues if we hadn’t woke up at that time, we would have been asleep and the world would still have been fine.
Phew, I kind of just ranted on there. Hope that helps someone!