If you feel like you're stuck or losing ground, you may be facing too many options. Being productive requires you to know what you want and need to accomplish the task, the proper tools to work with, and a certain amount of tension to keep your motivation and focus aroused.
That nice feeling of accomplishment comes both during the project because you know you're on track, and afterward because you know you did what you set out to do.
But inertia and being overwhelmed occur when you aren't sure which direction to go, even if you know what your goal is. The next time you feel stuck, follow this example to create your step-by-step plan.
Start with the goal:
10. I need to move my office
9. I can't do that until I decide where to move.
8. I need to know how much money I have to lease an office.
7. My finances haven't been updated in 6 months.
6. Only my accountant knows for sure.
5. I have to call my accountant.
4. They moved; where's the darn phone number?
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3. I could ask the guy down the hall who recommended them.
2. I could just look it up online.
1. Turn on my computer.
Now, start with Step 1. You've created your work plan!