This post was supposed to be about the Art of Multitasking…and it was supposed to have come out yesterday.
But yesterday, I hit a wall.
Last week I was jammin’ on my to do list, crossing things off and taking names. But this morning I sat down and stared at my computer screen. I just couldn’t get going. I couldn’t get motivated, I couldn’t find the words I wanted to write…I was just stalled out.
I hate wasting time, especially kid-free time. It is SO precious, that if I feel like I am not being productive with my time, I start to get anxious and even a little down.
Here’s what I did to overcome my productivity slump
- Get a menial task or two off your list-I think there is something about creating momentum. I try to subscribe to Brian Tracy’s ‘eat the frog’ concept of getting the biggest or most important task off my list first. But I just needed to do SOMETHING to get the wheels greased. I sent a few emails. Made a phone call. Did a task for my volunteer job. Then I packed up, left the coffee shop I was at and headed to the grocery store and the gas station. While I was out running my errands I listened to a business recording I had wanted to get to.
- Listen to an audio clip or read a blog from someone who inspires you- I have been downloading audio files to the dropbox app on my phone so I can listen to an interview, webinar, or audiobook anytime. With in the first 5 minutes of listening to my audio program (while I stood pumping gas), she had addressed a few topics that I had been struggling with and I instantly felt excited to put some of her suggestions into action. So I went to a new coffee shop.
- Get a Change of Scenery- Sometimes just changing up your location can be enough to get you back on track. Or getting some fresh air. Go for a walk or get out in your garden for a few minutes and then return to your desk. Usually, while I am out walking I have an epiphany about the project I am struggling with, but this time I got to the new coffee shop and knew it was time to attack something new.
- Switch projects- Armed with my fresh air, momentum from my crossed off tasks and my audio program epiphany, I decided to table my blog post and switch gears to a different project entirely. I add an opt-in box to my webpage in anticipation of my upcoming newsletter launch! In fact, I know you would like to get on that list to never miss a tip, strategy or story, so please click here to do so…it’s FREE!
- Call it a day- Feeling good about the different frog I had crossed off my list, I decided to head home a little early and got to play a card game with my son before his sister got up from her nap. Then we all went out for ice cream. Because really, ice cream solves everything.
- Revisit that original project with some space and fresh eyes- After dinner and stories, I re-opened my original blog post on multitasking and read what I had started earlier. And all of a sudden I knew exactly what I wanted to say.
But, I am saving that post for next week.
Today was all about me tackling my productivity slump and my creative road block. And about coming up with a plan to tackle it next time too!
Grab a post-it note right now and write down one strategy you will use next time you hit a roadblock. It can be one of mine, or one of your own. Put it where you can see it and let me know in the comments below if you have a great tip or trick for overcoming a slump.
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