Many of you know I’ve been rather ill lately. I think my headache when on for nearly five days non-stop. I had a fever off and on in there and horrible body aches. It was no fun at all. It was a lot of sleeping and watching Doctor Who on Netflix. (I’m part way through season 2 now.) Now I’ve finally spoken to the doctor and I’m feeling so much better.
Unfortunately I fell pretty behind and when you’ve gotten used to not working it can be really hard to get back into the habit. I’m working on it and wanted to share three things I’m doing to get back on track.
Note: This is what works for me. There are some people who can just get right back to work. For me that quickly leads to feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
1. Don’t overload yourself right away. Pick one minor and one moderate task to do each day and focus on getting those out of the way.
Obviously my normal day is more than two little tasks, but that’s what I’m focusing on for now. My minor task is updating my Facebook page. My moderate task will be a blog post for my Christmas site.
Today I actually added a new product and wrote a blog post as well as putting this one together so I did pretty well for getting back on track. I also did a handful of other tasks including grocery shopping.
For a minor task pick something like emailing your list, engaging in social media, sending out emails to a few potential affiliates, or something along those lines. A moderate task would be something like writing an article or two, posting a blog post, making some new graphics, or anything along those lines. I prefer to hold off on major projects until I’ve been able to manage sticking to my schedule for a few days, otherwise you’ll end up overworking yourself and falling back out of your schedule.
2. Work before you do anything else if at all possible.
It’s easy to turn on Netflix, go out to do something, or just bounce around on Facebook rather than working. Instead, get those two tasks out of the way BEFORE you do anything else. Don’t let yourself get distracted.
Remember, it’s just two simple tasks. It’s nothing that is going to take hours and hours. Do those and then check your email, dabble on Facebook, or whatever else.
3. Take time to plan.
Write down what your two daily tasks will be for the next three days. On day four go ahead and add an extra task. Set some goals for over the next week. What needs to get done?
Don’t be afraid to step away from the computer after those two tasks are done. Sitting on the computer and NOT working can actually make things worse. It makes it harder to separate “work” time from “whatever” time. Go outside and go for a walk. Maybe clean up the house. If you’ve been having trouble working you’ve probably been having trouble cleaning. I know my place is a mess right now.
What do you do when you find yourself off track?