Do you always feel like you never have the time to get done what you need to, that you always seem busy but are never making much progress? Do you feel like you are always spinning your wheels? If that is the case, you may be causing these problems yourself. Here are a few things you may be doing wrong.
1. Grinding away but not taking time to prioritize
When we have a lot to do and are anxious about getting things done, we tend to go on autopilot and simply do the tasks that are in front of us. We grind away, simply trying to get through as much as we can without considering how important the work is.
Before just diving in and pushing through like a bulldozer, we need to first step back and look at our entire workload. We need to take the time to look at what is really important, not just what is urgent, and focus on that. It is a matter of prioritizing tasks and projects. This way you won’t waste time on things that really do not matter all that much.
2. Not seeing easy fixes to problems
Again, when we have a heavy workload and are under pressure to get things done, we often simply focus on the things right in front of us. Our thinking becomes one-dimensional. We lose any flexibility and creativity in our thought. There is only one thought uppermost in our mind – get through the work.
We overlook things that might make our work easier. Step back a little and look at your presuppositions. If you are looking at the extremes, maybe there is a choice in between that will work better, rather than an all or nothing response.
Also, take breaks. This will give your mind a break and allow it a little more breathing room to consider different possibilities.
3. Procrastinating on routine tasks, rather than creating a system for doing them.
Again, you need to get a little breathing room to examine these tasks. For example, do you find that you are always neglecting to charge your phone? Bring a charger to your office and have one for the car. When traveling, do you always find yourself having trouble deciding what to bring? Make a list of items to take whenever you travel.
4. You look for escapes from anxiety producing situations.
We may put off doing things that are anxiety producing, such as talking with a supervisor, or, conversely, rush into making stressful decisions simply to reduce anxiety. There are many other ways people use to escape, such as binge-watching TV or spending too much time on Facebook.
To handle this problem, you again want to step back a little from the situation and examine your thoughts and feelings about it, so you can work through them. The important thing is to be aware when you are using an escape mechanism to avoid doing something you need to.
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