Tuesday's To Do

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

: Focus

My To Do list is long this week:
(1) Work project.
(2) Volunteer project(s).
(3) Writing stuff.
(4) And, oh yeah, take care of the kids, do laundry, fix meals, run an errand or two, and clean the house.
(5) Oops! Don't forget about be nice to Hubby - it is pre-valentines week, after all.

I'm not complaining about the content of my list. It is the length and the time crunch that are tough right now. I've got no one to blame but me. Over the past few days, I have stayed busy with tasks on the edge of what needs to get done. I circle. I get something done but not the actual thing. My busyness masks the lack of progress. Finally, the edges whittle down and the thing in the middle says, "Hey! You've really got to get this done. . . Now!"

I've run out of emails to check. I need to tackle the memo.
A Clorox wipe won't cut it any longer. I need to scrub the sink.
No more jobs to assign. I need to get to work.

You get the picture.

The good news is, I motivated yesterday morning while the kids were at preschool, and forced myself to be productive. I focused on item (1). I left the dishes in the sink, closed my personal email, and worked. Halfway into the project, I realized - this feels good! It's not as awful as I thought it was going to be, and I'm getting a major monkey off my back.

I sashayed into the kitchen, feeling all productive and proud. Then I saw the dishes. And the laundry. And the list by the phone. And my unwashed hair in the mirror.

I'll be honest - the good feeling faded just a bit. But at least it was there for a moment, and at least my busyness was productive this time. I'm going to try and keep it up this week.


Yeah, a cheer doesn't really cut it. I'll work on it.
Do you ever struggle with focus and productivity? How do you jump start your motivation motor?

In other news: Linking up Monday's post with Soli Deo Gloria.

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  1. I have the same problem. There just seems to be so much to do that I start on something, remember something else, go into the other room to get something, see something else that needs to be done and forget all about what I was originally doing! It is great to multi-task but what about when you forget the main task at hand? I find this especially hard seeing as I only have 2-3 hours a day during Graham's naptime to accomplish anything! I have a master to do list with all kinds of things on there and at least that gets all of my to dos in one place. It feels so good to check something of that list!