Too much to do? Are You Having Problems Getting Your 'Stuff' Together?

by Allen Graves 13 replies
Warriors,

I recently requested information from you guys and gals about how to get your 's***' together when you seemingly had way too much going on.

I got several responses and have tried most of them.

They worked OK, but I was still just too busy. Then I tried this one:

6 thing a day.

That's it! This was posted by SusanUSA.

Just write a list every day of 6 things you need to finish before you close up shop.

Not only have I completely caught up with all of my tasks, I am a little ahead of schedule now! I cannot believe the power that this method has!

And to top it all off...it completely removes the stress!

Try it and see how it goes. It is seriously working for me!

Remember, as someone once said, "It's not about working harder, it's about working SMARTER."

It never hurts to just shut everything down and go take a drive in the car or a walk in the park (by yourself) just to try and think of ways to work smarter.

Perhaps the person who suggested this to me can chime in with more details on the method???

Respectfully,
Allen Graves
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    Absolutely, and I also believe in choosing to find different activities. Drive somewhere you have never driven before, or walk in a park you've never walked before. You have to your mind seeing new possibilities.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
      As a one person show, that solution is very powerful. Make that 6 item list daily and get er done. You will never be able to do everything you need to do - in one day no matter what.

      You just have to make sure you are getting things finished daily. Doing 50 things halfway means you didn't even complete one today.

      Working super focused for 4 hours a day and taking the rest of the day off, I have found I get a lot more done than spending 14 hours at the computer and wasting 10 hours reading forums,checking email and stats or sitting there thinking, watching videos or reading a new ebook. Cutting your work hours makes you work harder and faster.

      I think Chris said something about( watching videos and reading ebooks feels like progress but only the actual doing productive work pays you anything).
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    Allen,

    That's a great tip. Unfortunately, my schedule is completely filled up for the next few days so I won't have time to try this out. Maybe by Thursday or Friday I'll have some time to try it. I will print this thread out if I have some extra time to remind me...

    TomG.

    Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

    Warriors,

    I recently requested information from you guys and gals about how to get your 's***' together when you seemingly had way too much going on.

    I got several responses and have tried most of them.

    They worked OK, but I was still just too busy. Then I tried this one:

    6 thing a day.

    That's it! This was posted by SusanUSA.

    Just write a list every day of 6 things you need to finish before you close up shop.

    Not only have I completely caught up with all of my tasks, I am a little ahead of schedule now! I cannot believe the power that this method has!

    And to top it all off...it completely removes the stress!

    Try it and see how it goes. It is seriously working for me!

    Remember, as someone once said, "It's not about working harder, it's about working SMARTER."

    It never hurts to just shut everything down and go take a drive in the car or a walk in the park (by yourself) just to try and think of ways to work smarter.

    Perhaps the person who suggested this to me can chime in with more details on the method???

    Respectfully,
    Allen Graves
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      Gawd, I'll try anything to get my work load under control.

      I have hubby home helping me out, but by the time I teach him stuff, I could have had the project done or mostly done myself.

      I have SO much to do, and the work just keeps coming in.
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    Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

    Warriors,

    I recently requested information from you guys and gals about how to get your 's***' together when you seemingly had way too much going on.

    I got several responses and have tried most of them.

    They worked OK, but I was still just too busy. Then I tried this one:

    6 thing a day.

    That's it! This was posted by SusanUSA.

    Just write a list every day of 6 things you need to finish before you close up shop.

    Not only have I completely caught up with all of my tasks, I am a little ahead of schedule now! I cannot believe the power that this method has!

    And to top it all off...it completely removes the stress!

    Try it and see how it goes. It is seriously working for me!

    Remember, as someone once said, "It's not about working harder, it's about working SMARTER."

    It never hurts to just shut everything down and go take a drive in the car or a walk in the park (by yourself) just to try and think of ways to work smarter.

    Perhaps the person who suggested this to me can chime in with more details on the method???

    Respectfully,
    Allen Graves
    Hi Allen,

    Brilliant tip I am going to try this as it is always a problem knowing what to do next.

    Thanks to Susan as well!

    Chris
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    Hi Allen =)

    This is a great idea!

    Just write a list every day of 6 things you need to finish before you close up shop.
    Now, I'm guessing that these "things" that need to be done are specific tasks.

    For example:

    1. Build New Website

    would not be a 'thing', but

    1. Install plugins on mysite.com

    WOULD be a thing?

    How specific is your list?

    Thanks!!

    Jennifer
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      For instance, my list today looks like this:

      1. Catch Up from weekend (emails, CS, etc...)
      2. October Newsletter for <guess>
      3. Finish producing video about...
      4. Get the index page and main subpage template done for new website
      5. Finalize deal to design a website for <someone else>
      6. Transfer Paypal --> Bank

      As you can see some of the things will take longer than others. But it's only 6 things. Once done, I will stop for the day and watch the Rays play in the ALDS. No stress, no rushing.

      Tomorrow there will be 6 totally new things. That's 30 things done in a single week instead of 10 or 15 things that I MIGHT get to between stressing out, reprioritizing things that don't need to be and rushing around like an idiot.

      Of course, the other things that I can do while blindfolded still go on, like reviewing articles, answering CS requests, studying stats and traffic, quick trips to the WF, etc... still go on throughout the day as I am working on my list.

      It did take me a couple of weeks to get totally caught up, but I made the decision to let some things slide until I caught up. Now I can pretty much relax and take it as it comes! I still have deadlines (newsletters, websites, client stuff, etc...), but with this method, I will meet them instead of watch them fly right by.

      Allen Graves
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      Originally Posted by nico52 View Post

      Allen,

      How about a link to the thread you were talking about so I can give it a gander?

      Adam

      Found it!

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...deadlines.html
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    Allen -

    That was a perfect explanation.

    Thank you!!


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        LOL - Yes, I actually laughed outloud.

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      Great post, Allen -- thank you!

      Another thing that has helped me is to prioritize my list... and put the hardest thing (the task I dread most) in the number-one position, and the easiest thing (the thing I look forward to doing) at the end of my list. That way I get the difficult tasks done and out of the way (so I won't be stressed about them all day)... and the easy stuff at the end is sort of a reward for doing that!

      I used to do it the other way around: do the easy, fun stuff first. Of course, I usually spent way too much time on those fun tasks, then found excuses for not doing the hard tasks.

      Anyway, thanks again for the tips!
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Bonnie.

        Thanks for the prioritizing idea. I am adding that to my actions today. Until now I have just been randomly picking one at a time.

        I'll let ya know how it goes.

        AL
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin T
    I'm glad you've found a method that works for you. I know that writing is down is crucial, but am not exactly sure on where the #6 comes into play. I know that one needs to quantify their goals (even daily ones) and maybe having the specific step of 6 daily goals is what helped you to fix things.
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