How I get my To-Do List done with a squirrel brain:
Anyone ever go to start one project but instead get half of about 15 things done?
In case you have the same attention span as I do and a vision for your future that requires being productive, I want to share a strategy that works FOR ME!
(Note the for me part because we should try different things out to fit what suits our unique hearts and minds - for more on this, listen to ep 82 of my
Hearts Unleashed Podcast
How To Get AND STAY Productive)
Here is my most effective approach to my work:
I do best with 15-30 min increments of focused time and I am sure to take breaks in between. My breaks include a reward system. I have two main strategies here:
1) follow the flow of my 'squirrel' brain and bop from task to task that pops up in front of me. For instance, if I enter my email it may trigger three other tasks before ever making it past that email.
2) hyper focus on only one thing and VERY ACTIVELY set anything other thoughts or tasks that pop up to the side.
For myself, both approaches include listing -not exactly for satisfactions sake - but for tracking purposes. My future self is always grateful for my listing because things don't get left behind.
If I do either or both of these strategies in about four 30 min focused sessions, I will have gotten most of my work done for the whole day. I leave a lot less undone and usually am hella productive.
This is also how I can activate flow and inspiration. As an entrepreneur, we cannot always rely on being inspired. Being able to create energetic momentum is a valuable tool when it comes to tasks that scare us or seem daunting. I save those projects for the third or fourth focused session. Like the third or fourth quarter of a game. I 'leave it all on the court' and call it a day.
Some task masters, professionals, and gurus may have other approaches. Some might even advise against these processes but that is the point.
These work well for me and I hope even in trying them out that you toss what doesn't work and only keep what does.
Getting and staying productive is all about what works for you as an individual.
Work what works.