We live + breathe by to-do lists, planners + iPhone reminders. Being *busy* has become the new norm + if we’re not busy we start to wonder what we’re forgetting. The go-go-go + multitasking nature of our lives does not allow us to devote the energy + focus deserved by our most important tasks, ++ by doing more we’re actually accomplishing less. So it’s time to ditch the *I just have to make it through the to-do list* mentality + put meaning back into how we spend our time and check off those [never ending] to-do lists.
#1] FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS
Our to-do lists tend to spiral out of control as we jot down every menial thing that needs to be done. Because let’s be honest, if it’s not written down, it doesn’t get done ++ there’s nothing wrong with that. However a daunting to-do list can leave the most organized person a little [okay — really] stressed + leave you feeling like it all needs to be accomplished as soon as possible. The reality is that your list probably consists of a few tasks that are *priorities* + some that are not so pressing. Break down your to-do list into three sections —
1] Tasks that must be completed today [top priorities]
2] Tasks that would be nice to get done today but can wait until tomorrow if necessary
3] Tasks that can wait until another day
Organizing your to-do list by most to least important allows you to focus on priorities, instead of stressing over the little things that can be done at another time. Feeling *burnt out* after you complete those top priorities? Call it quits for the day + #treatyoself to some relaxation. Have some energy left over? You can get to work on the next section of your list — you’ll be glad you did so tomorrow. ; )
#2] QUIT THE DISTRACTIONS
Okay we get it — with Facebook, Insta + Snapchat just a few clicks away, it can be hard to resist the allure of the social media scroll. *Just five minutes,* you tell yourself ++ the next thing you know, you’re Facebook stalking your boyfriend’s sister’s best friend. It’s time to banish social media distractions. Not only will you accomplish more, but you’ll also be able to focus more on YOU + your own goals for the day.
Give yourself a goal — *I will accomplish X amount of tasks before checking Instagram* or *an hour spent really focusing on the tasks at hand in exchange for five minutes of social media.* If you want to take it one step further you can even try apps like SelfControl + Freedom to limit your access to certain websites or even the internet altogether.
#3] LEARN TO MONOTASK
The *busier* we are, the more pressured we feel to do more than one thing at a time. It’s too easy to write a paper, watch Netflix + have a whole conversation in emojis at once. But ask yourself — by doing all three of those things at the same time are you really focusing on any of them? It will take you twice as long to write that paper [*top priority*] if you’re also binge-watching Gossip Girl + keeping up with the group message.
Say goodbye to multitasking + hello to monotasking. By focusing on the most important task at hand, you can get it done faster + to your best ability. Give your attention + time to the things that matter most ++ you’ll have more time to channel your inner Blair Waldorf later.
As CHAARG women we are constantly on the go + devoting our time to something, anything + everything. ++ Sometimes, it catches up with us — leaving us exhausted + stressed. But if we banish the *busy* mentality + focus on priorities [distraction free], not only can we accomplish more, but we will feel less stressed + much happier to have knocked out that to-do list + have some R + R.
++Briana [@brianam_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG Orlando