How many times today have you started on an important or urgent task, and ended up watching Netflix or hanging out the laundry?
The joys of working from home are many, but so are the perils.
We tend to over-rely on self-discipline, motivation, and willpower to push through to completion.
These are good traits to aspire to. The trouble is that they are inconsistent, sporadic, and unreliable. When you most need them, they are nowhere to be found.
There are two things we can do which might be more effective in helping us get back on track so we can complete what we set out to do:
- Make a series of small re-commitments to our tasks throughout the day, and
- Create a strong emotional connection with what is at stake if we fail to complete.
Re-commitment recognizes our love of distraction and inability to stay focused.
Each time we go off track, we take a moment to acknowledge it, and then make a fresh commitment to get back on track, followed by the actual doing of the task. We do not waste energy berating ourselves.
Emotionally connecting with what is at stake means employing the power of imagination and visualization to feel in our bodies what might happen if we fail to complete that important task today.
- Who will be affected?
- What will we lose?
- What might we miss out on achieving?
Try these two tips and let me know if they work for you.