Friday, November 22, 2013

Small Steps to Getting Things Done

Getting started is often the hardest part of any task. Think about some "small steps" you can do to get part of the process or project done.

One of the ways to view the task in today's modern world is to decide if your task involves Electronic Communication Activities or Non-Electronic Communications Activities.  By determining this you can set the stage to begin your task. You can also steer yourself away from the electronic distractions which are more of a tendency to increase procrastination. 

Electronic Communication Activities 

  • Turn on the computer or phone
  • Mentally draft an outline of the conversation or email/test before you actually begin
  • Look up a phone number or email in your files
  • Get into a blank document  (if you have to draft a letter) or set up an email or text
  • Start typing or speaking

Conversely if you don't have a "screen" or electronic task at hand, you can consider using this list of steps:

Non-Electronic Communications Activities
  • Turn off the computer
  • Turn off the cell or mobile phone
  • Visualize or decide what needs to be done first
  • Get out the tools you need to do the job
  • Go to the needed location 
  • Begin your process
This is a best of post from 2011 - I am posting this because I need to take my own advice to heart.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Celebrating One's Return

It has been a long time since my last post. I have been doing some extreme caretaking and then dealing with the loss of a loved one. Certain things take a long while to process and attend to. It is nice to finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

What I have learned is transitions can sometimes take a lot of time and emotional toil. Some transitions are easy and others complex and painful. Regardless of which kind of transition one goes through, time is usually the best prescription for forward progress.   

My progress has been aided by a good support system, great friends and professionals such as hospice care and my ever helpful life coach. Even a transition expert needs some help.

I look forward to more frequent updates on my blog. Comments always welcome.