You have a very powerful brain. I know it might not feel like that at the end of a long day, but trust me, it’s awesome. The trick is to use that power to focus on the task at hand and not on trying to remember every last thing you promised yourself you would do. But how do you do that….?
The secret is to let go.
Okay, it is not really that simple. Your brain will only let go if it knows you have it covered by another method.
Consider all the stuff your brain is full of right now.
Yes there are all the memories, useful and useless information. But what is it that keeps popping through when you are trying to get work done? Reminders of all the things you have at some point thought you “should” do.
When you say you “should” do something to yourself your brain sees that as a commitment you have made and works on the basis that you should be working to meet that commitment until it is done, starting right away. So it continually nags you until it is complete.
Now multiply that by all the unfinished things on your “To Do” list. Ouch!
Now add in all the non work related commitments. Double ouch!
Now add the things you are just thinking about some time in the future but not just yet. Super ouch!
Your brain does not see any difference between all those things. Plus it sees no difference between things that are trivial and those that are important. It will nag you about everything the same.
Can you see how much brain power this uses? No wonder you feel drained at the end of the day!
So how do you free up that power?
The only way your brain will stop this is if you capture all your commitments in a system that your brain can trust.
David Allen has a great book called “Getting Things Done” which goes through this in great detail – I thoroughly recommend it.
(you can buy it through my Amazon link here- it is on sale right now)
Essentially the concept is to spend some time brainstorming ALL of your commitments. Getting it all out of your head and onto paper.
You then need a system to track and keep up to date on how you are progressing.
The Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy is to split your list into a number of lists based on what resources you will need to complete the task. Phone, computer, errands etc. That way you don’t need to worry about buying milk when you are sitting at your computer (unless you use Peapod!).
By managing your task and project lists you can spend a small amount of time each day to keep them up to date and have the rest of the day on full brain power to maximize your focus.
Now watch how much you can get done!
If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@DevelopmentSolutions.US to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help