Do you know that feeling of working on your projects all the time but not getting much done?
Between working on my next children’s book, blog posts, learning Japanese, full-time job, social life, and dealing with Lupus and the fatigue that comes with it, I sometimes feel like I’m working a lot and not really going anywhere at all at the same time.
It’s very much like cycling with the wrong gear. You’re pedaling like crazy, but you’re not really moving any faster.
At the end, you’re just exhausted and frustrated.
How do we figure out the right gear for us?
In order to become and stay more productive throughout my goals, I started to track the struggles I faced while working on my children’s book project, and how I overcame them.
Each week I’m sharing an insight I discovered:
Maybe You’re Spread Too Thin.
This is one of the most common problems.
Let’s face it. Sometimes we just need to let things fall and move on.
This might seem deceptively easy but it’s REALLY hard. And that’s because we’re great at tricking ourselves.
When we think about the things we have to do, everything seems makes sense. But does it, really?
Here’s an exercise that helped me out:
Step 1: Write it all down. Especially if you think you don’t have to.
When setting my 2018 goals, I had a much bigger list in my head. When I stopped to write it down I realized how insane it was:
- Create two children books, participate in the children’s book competition this summer with yet another project, polish my Spanish and French, learn Japanese (writing and speaking FLUENTLY), keep a weekly blog and art to go with it, go to the gym every day and get super fit, balance freelance as a secondary income source and get better at my day job while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, make more time for friends and family.
Phew. Just writing this got me tired. #overachiever
This might sound obvious, but writing it all down really put things in perspective. It’s also easier to catch vague goals like “Make more time for friends and family.” What does that even mean? What is more time? There’s no way to measure this.
The question to answer is: what TRULY matters to you this year?
Step 2: From that list keep only the things that matter the most and delete anything that isn’t measurable.
Here’s how my list looked after the second pass:
- Create one children’s book, learn Japanese enough to sustain a minimum conversation, keep up with my blog and the art, continue with day-job, go to the gym 2 to 3 times a week.
Ok. MUCH better. Now I can start planning how to tackle this.
When we want it all, we end up overwhelmed. If you don’t even know where to start, give this a try.
What Does Your List Look Like?
I’d love to hear from you! Please share your old and new lists, your discoveries or questions in the comment section below. <3
PS: Now that we’ve identified what we want to work on, next week I’ll share tips on how to get started!
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