Lately, I’ve lost a bit of my balance. Usually I am able to keep myself very organized, and that’s something I typically and quite proud of – but the last few weeks have felt more chaotic than I usually am used to.
Stress really effects me, I’m one of those people that gets really sick when I let my stress get out of control. Suddenly my throat will be killing me, or I’ll begin to get migraines. I internalize a lot of my stress and put on a “everything’s OK!” face but inside I am having a panic attack. Basically what I am saying is organization is key to not only my sanity but to my health.
To get myself back on track I really had to get into the trenches of my work and commit to getting through the things I had been putting off. I declined offers to go out, and really focused in on my work.
While this may sound like a really boring weekend to most, it actually felt like one of the most productive and rejuvenating for me. I woke up on Monday morning finally with a feeling of “I have accomplished everything I wanted to this weekend” – success!
4 Tips to Stop Procrastinating
1. Make a Schedule
Yes. I made a schedule for my weekend – how boring am I? While I think this would cause a major burn out if I did this every weekend, I needed to map out what I had to get done and set time for it.
I had so many things on my to do list this weekend and setting time aside to accomplish them was essential to getting everything I needed done.
Plus, having a set schedule always forces me to focus on the task at hand rather than weave in and out of tasks.
2. Ask for Help
I’m lucky I have such a supportive and wonderful fiance. I asked him for help with jobs that I felt I needed a bit of assistance on.
He is the photographer out of the two of us so he helped me set up products and perfect the camera settings so I could get through the product photos I needed to more efficiently.
Sometimes reaching out to someone for a little help is necessary, especially when you’re feeling really overwhelmed with your “to do list”.
Things that were due sooner ended up higher on my list. E-mails that needed responding were priority #1, and then came photos, write ups, editing, and SEO.
By not allowing myself to waiver from my priority list I was able to get the most stressful of items checked off my list.
Plus, by prioritizing and getting focused I was able to finish all the items on my checklist much faster than I would’ve had I hopped from topic to topic.
4. Make time for Breaks
A weekend is still a weekend and you can’t work all day every day, and so I allotted for breaks.
An hour here or there for a relaxed hour of Dateline with Jeremy, or a few hours for our dinner out.
These breaks are essential to avoiding a creative block.
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