Photo Credit: ToniVC
I’m finding it hard to keep up with all I need and want to do each day. Even by limiting my distractions, making time always seems to be a challenge.
I’ve been working on how to be more productive. I don’t have long chunks of time where I can dive into projects. So my new, simple mantra is: Start Small.
I wrote those words on a piece of paper and put it in my pocket one day this week. I went about my day, but later started stressing about things. When I worry I want to solve everything right away, but I end up doing little to make progress.
I emptied out my pockets and found that piece of paper with Start Small written on it. I felt a bit calmer because I knew there were solutions. I could reach my goals if I just relaxed, believed in myself, and took it slow.
One idea I’d like to make a habit is breaking up projects into 15-minute tasks. Instead of doing nothing because I don’t have a few hours, I can work on a small part of the project. All those tasks will add up to completed projects if I keep it up. (Flylady talks about this all the time.)
It’s not always about being productive. Sometimes I just need to give myself permission to enjoy some me-time without feeling guilty. A fifteen minute break can boost my energy and help me keep going throughout the day.
I also like the idea of consistently recording daily events with photos, videos and writing down funny anecdotes featuring my family. In fifteen minute increments, I can capture these fleeting moments so they can be treasured for years to come.
How do you complete your projects and enjoy life, even with a busy schedule?
Do you use the fifteen-minute method to get things done?