I don't know about you, but sometimes I get overwhelmed.
I'm a person who puts together a to-do list, because if I don't write it down somewhere I'm going to forget what it is I want and need to get accomplished.
But that's where the overwhelm often happens.
I see so many things that I need to do and I don't even know where to start. You know what happens then, don't you?
Yep, I don't bother to start at all. I distract myself into doing things like cleaning my office, which is not a bad thing in and of itself.
Then I finally started to do what I've read and heard on podcasts: have three MIT (or Most Important Tasks) and that's what is to be focused on during the day.
I have a unique situation in that I'm an elementary school counselor by day in two different buildings. Most days of the week I'm in each school for a half day each day. Then I have my side hustle (Get To It) and my personal life.
So, as strange as it might sound, I have four different sets of MIT for each aspect of my career and personal life. To the outside observer, one might see that I have 12 different things that I work on during my day. I don't look at it that way though.
It's because I've begun to do a better job of focusing on being in the moment. When I'm at one school, I look at my three MIT. I don't even look at what I have planned at my other school, at Get To It, or in my personal life.
I stay in that moment.
When I go to the other school, I focus on what I need to do on my list there.
As my day job concludes, I then turn my attention to Get To It and my personal life. Sometimes those lines get a little blurry, because some of my personal life tasks are more chore oriented, rather than taking brain power like my writing. I find that alternating between them is what works for me. I will do a brain activity, followed by a physical activity where I don't have to think.
For example, tonight I did the dishes (a physical activity), and then I edited my column for the newspaper deadline I needed to meet tonight (a brain activity). Once I got that finished, then I alternated back to another physical activity. You get the idea.
If I had put all of those tasks onto one list, I wouldn't have accomplished much. By breaking it down into where my time is being spent at that moment, I've been able to do so much more efficiently and effectively.
I've even been able to add another item to a list once the three tasks are completed. That has honestly never happened before, but it feels amazing. I not only feel like I'm getting more done, but I've been feeling a greater sense of doing what is more meaningful to me no matter where I happen to be.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.