Tackle Anything in 7 Steps. You will succeed performing any task.
#1. Make A List
You can tackle anything in 7 steps. Start by making a list of what needs to be done. Lists are the best thing ever. They allow you to clarify what you need to do. It is the quintessential thing needed when you want to start a new project or get things out of your mind and not forget them. Keep a notebook with you or use your phone to text or email yourself a list. This way it’s always easily accessible. I prefer good old fashioned pen and paper, basically because it’s faster. If my mind starts going I don’t want to have to fumble with apps and typing on a tiny phone keyboard.
#2. Take One Thing At A Time
I love the cartoon from the 1970’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Kris Kringle comes upon the Winter Warlock and is entangled in a tree. The Winter Warlock says to Kris Kringle, “Now I have you and you’ll never get away!” Kris Kringle asks the Warlock to have the tree release him so he can give him a gift, the last gift he will give. The Winter Warlock is skeptical but releases him and receives a gift for the first time ever, melting his icy heart. But then he explains “ but will it last it’s so hard to change?” And Kris Kringle says “Difficult? And laughing he says,”Changing from bad to good’s as easy as taking your first step.” And then he starts singing “Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking cross the floor, put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking cross the floor!”
Watch the video here Santa Claus is Coming to Town
OK it is a bit corny but there is big seed of wisdom in this animation. You’ve made a list now use it. Take one thing at a time. Tomorrow start with the second thing and focus only on that.
#3. Stay Focused
I know easier said then done. But resolve to not get off task. Stay away from the television or your favorite chair. Tell yourself that your not going to sit on the couch until you’ve completed an item on your list. Avoid the things you normally do to relax or zone out on. Don’t get on the internet until its done. Once you veer from focusing on the list item task a whole day could be lost.
#4. Set Your Alarm
Decide the amount of time you would like to spend on your one thing for the day. Set the alarm on your phone to go off at that time. This will have two positive outcomes. The feeling ney. So most people will not want to waste it.
Secondly setting the alarm will allow you to know that even if the task is unpleasant you that you only have a certain amount of time to work will motivate you because we are a very time driven society. It’s a deep part of the make up of American society. Time is a commodity. Time is mocan certainly do it for a set time and then you will be done for the day.
#5. Be Grateful When you make Progress
When you have completed the list item be thankful. Relish in the satisfaction that you are making progress! DWELL on it in fact. Acknowledge that you did it and if you keep doing it you’ll reach your goal in no time. Not everybody can tackle anything.
#6. Reward Yourself
If I complete this one item on my list today I can relax then and watch a movie. Don’t let yourself sit down on the couch until you’ve worked on one thing on your list! Truly relax and do something you enjoy.
#7. Mentally Put it Away
This may seem like a contradiction to step #5. It’s not, dwell on being grateful, but do not dwell on the task. Stop thinking about it for the day once you’ve done your one list item. Thinking about it over and over may cause you to talk yourself out of your gratefulness, or even to start yourself thinking you’ve made no progress at all. When in fact you just set out to tackle anything and you did it!
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