I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for accomplishing all the things on my to-do list the last week and a half, minus one... because there will always be one - and I do know why that one wasn't tended to. It's because it isn't a priority yet, so I ended up removing it from my list and pushing it ahead in my calendar to a time when I know I will tend to it.
Anyway, back to this burst of accomplishing tasks.... I'm really proud of being productive with work things AND getting in some down time. How was this happening? I had gotten myself to a new level of productive... and it's still going strong into this week. What IS UP!
Of course I had to evaluate my attitudes and actions so I could try to figure this out - this new sense of motivation and focus. Clearly I'm getting some dopamine rushes!
Here's what I think has contributed to this ultra-productive me this last couple of weeks.
So here it is...
I DO ONE THING AT A TIME.
There is a ton of research telling us that it is not possible to multi-task. Our brains will not truly attend to more than one cognitive task. It's just not possible. So I stopped pretending like that's a thing that I can do. I've found some focus by seriously considering this research in my day's work, and by taking my own advice (that I know is borrowed from research as well). I've sorted and chunked my tasks, and literally done one. at. a. time. All those little things have been checked off and even the medium-commitment tasks have been completed from start to finish.
I usually squirrel around, as many of us may do with so many to-do's on the list, but I had to change something to increase my efficiency. So I did. Will you?