Do you wake up in the morning and think, “Ugh… there’s so much to do at work, I don’t even know where to begin…”? And when you get to your office, your vision’s clouded by clutter? Do you wonder how you’ll be able to make any progress with all those interruptions you typically deal with day in and day out?
Beginning your day this way is a frustrating place to start. If you’re expecting these issues, you’re surely going to get them.
How can you get from one end of the spectrum to the other? From frustrated and overwhelmed to productive and free? The best place to start is by focusing on what is possible, not where you are right now.
I worked with a particular client a while ago who mentioned her mindset as part of the process of being more organized and more productive. She’s absolutely right! You really need to make a mindset shift in order for the actual improvements to take place, take hold and last forever.
Hopefully, no one wakes up in the morning and thinks, “I want to be SO busy today that I forget where I put my important papers and files. I want to lose track of my priorities, squander my valuable time and let my e-mail run my day.” Or “I want to be stressed, irritable and frustrated from the pressures of uncertainty, foggy vision and stagnation.”
If you’re anywhere near that kind of situation or mindset, then I suggest you bring your activities to a screeching halt. Step back and get a good, long look – perhaps a bird’s eye view – of what your day looks and feels like right now.
Stop everything and then fill your vision with what you can ultimately be, do or have. Fill your mind with thoughts of what you, your career or your company can really be.
What are you really capable of doing? What kinds of things would you really like to do or pursue? What kind of day would you really like to have?
You’ll surely stagnate if you only focus on the here and now and not what the future holds for you. And the sooner you let go of the status quo, the sooner your new work day will appear.
Once you can envision the possibilities, you’re ready to take action. Imagining what your new work day can be like will lead to you closer to it. Here are a few tips to get you started…
If you’re worried about how you’re going to make your vision a reality or how to make the changes you want to, stop. Your worry about the “how” is holding you back. If you’re emotionally committed and excited about your vision, start taking action instead. Take small, manageable steps and let go of the worry. Don’t try to envision the entire process – just the end result. Keep your intense desire for a new and more productive work day in your mind. Your desire is the roadmap. If you want it bad enough, the energy and the “how” will follow. The right resources, people and ideas will start to appear.
“Here is a basic truth: To do anything, we must first believe it can be done. Believing
something can be done sets the mind in motion to find a way to do it.”
-Dr. David Schwartz
If you’re afraid to take the time to make your vision a reality, let go of that worry and fear too. They’re holding you back. The time you need for making changes is an investment of time in yourself, your work day and your job, career or business. You had the desire for a good reason. You had the idea, the desire and the vision, which means you’re ready to manifest it. And if you’re excited about the possible outcomes, you’ll be excited to commit the time to make it happen. So dig in!
If you take just one step toward your new vision, it’s a new beginning. It’s already a game changer and that gets your momentum going. Indecision will stall you. Don’t hesitate if you know it’s something you want. Don’t procrastinate and keep your new and improved future out of reach. Don’t… hold… back.
Once you start making your new work day come to life, you’ll start asking the right questions:
- Which things go on my task list and which go on my calendar?
- How do I stay structured with my time, but flexible?
- What’s the best way to stay organized throughout my busy days?
- How do I build my Task list and avoid feeling overwhelmed by it?
- How many tasks go on each day?
- How do I plan my time with my new Task list?
- How can I do what I need to do, so I can do what I really want to do?
These are just some of the productive questions that result from a mindset shift and taking action with new methods, systems and processes. And whether my clients and fans have decided to learn Taskology™ using the do-it-yourself method with my e-book series or they want to learn through personal, private consulting – or through team training – it’s taking a step in the right direction.
It all starts with a good look at today, a desire for a better tomorrow and a mindset shift to get there. Because let’s face it, once you have the desire, and the excitement and commitment to back it up, the possibilities are endless.
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