Complete One Thing
When we can't think straight, it's often because we have too much stuff on our plates. Decisions deferred or actions delayed don't go away; they just add to your pile. One way out of this clutter is to complete things systematically, before starting something new. Decide, act, complete.
- Make or review your to-do list for the week or the day or the hour.
- Now pick one item that you can complete or one decision you can make in five minutes or less. Make a phone call? Send an email? Decide what to have for lunch? Order a birthday bouquet? Jog in place?
- Great! Now cross it off your list and say out loud: "Done!" No matter how small a task, give yourself credit for completing it. As your list shrinks, your sense of control and competence expands. One success sets you up for another.
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, Â©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.