Confession: Sometimes I have plenty of time to get things done in, and I still don’t get them done.
Sometimes I have all the resources I need to compelete a project, and I put it off.
Sometimes I watch entire days go by and have nothing to show for it.
Why? When I have a to-do list, and I have the time…why don’t I get things done?
Productivity (and the satisfaction that comes from accomplishment) is not necessarily related to the amount of time I have; it’s related to the amount of clarity I have.
When I’m getting nowhere, here’s what works for me:
1. Ditching the computer and getting out paper and pen.
2. Giving each project or goal its own piece of paper.
3. Writing everything I can think of related to that project on the page.
4. Organizing all that writing in to actionable to-dos.
5. Reintegrating that new info into my existing digital to-dos.
There’s something about scratching it all out on paper that focuses me and gets me moving forward. I keep my paper notes; it’s helpful to go back and look at the full scope of the project when I get stalled in little to-dos again.