There's about 20 things on my to-do schedule right now.
If I focus on the twenty I feel overwhelmed and want to check out and watch a Doris Day movie where everything is sunny, pastel and cheerful. In my pajamas. With ice cream.
I can't afford to do that right now.
So I don't focus on the twenty, I just look at what's next. I do that one thing, and then that propels me to go ahead and knock the next thing off the list.
The Psychology of Accomplishment
When we finish a task, particularly an important task, we feel a surge of energy, enthusiasm and accomplishment. The more important the task, the happier and more powerful we feel following it's completion. (After natural childbirth I remember feeling like I could scale the walls Spiderman style.)
Those positive feelings can then be harnessed as fuel for tackling the next task. And this is precisely how I'm operating this week to plow through my to-do list.
Best-selling author Brian Tracy explains:
"The completion of an important task triggers the release of endorphins in your brain. These endorphins give you a natural high. The endorphin rush that follows successful completion of any task makes you feel more positive, personable, creative and confident."
Who couldn't use a little more confidence and creativity?
Who couldn't stand to feel a little more positive and personable? (OK, who besides Doris Day?)
This phenomena is why managers tend to give important new tasks to their busiest, most productive employees. They not only have a proven track record of getting things done, but they have forward momentum behind them too.
Start the Momentum
So what are you waiting for? If it's still daylight out, close the screen or pop up from your seat and go get something done.
(If it's already dark, you can watch Doris Day and rest up for a productive morning tomorrow.)
"But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
~ 2 Chronicles 15:7