We all have things to do and limited time in which to do them. So you have the choice to run around like a chicken with your head cut off or to stay calm and carry on. The difference lies in planning and preparation.
Decide what needs to be done. What is the absolute minimum that needs to be done?
What is the deadline? By when does it need to be done? For yourself? For others?
How will you feel when it’s done? Describe that feeling in detail.
What is the consequence if it’s not done? How will you feel then?
How long do you think it will take to complete? Should it be broken into smaller chunks with breaks, to manage your energy levels?
What will you do during breaks? Can it be a physical activity, preferably outdoors?
What is the reward when it’s done? How can you treat yourself in a healthy manner?
What distractions do you anticipate? How can you remove them ahead of time?
Who can be your accountability partner? Who can shadow you or look over your shoulder so that you are encouraged to stay on task?
Which mindfulness practice can you do for a few minutes before you begin? How can you get into the zone of focus?
How can you turn the activity into a game? Will you need a timer or music? If your brain doesn’t think it’s fun, it won’t want to do it.
Now you are ready. On your mark. Get set. Go! No squawking necessary.
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