A major mistake when we have all been busy yet not productive is that we have finished the tasks that were of less importance. Making us tired and exhausted. Whenever we feel the most productive we jump in to finish the tasks/chores that are easy or that we enjoy.
I know I have struggled with planning and organizing work but the most I struggle with is my mood. When I am totally energetic I want to dedicate myself to my blog or do video editing etc. But then I miss out on catching up with the work I do for others making me work in the last minutes. However now, this is how I organize work.
Know what you love doing
First, find out and list down all of the tasks, chores that you enjoy doing a lot or find to be the most interesting. It could be something that helps you relax or brings out your creative juices. These are the tasks that you are ready to do at any time of the day. Then list down the tasks that are left or are the most boring or menial to you.
Know when you feel the most active
Now that you know what work you love and the tasks that you dread, identify the time of the day you feel most productive and the time of the day you feel dull. Like there is a time of the day such as in the morning where you dress up and feel like you can conquer the world. But then by the end of the day, you just want to space out or scroll through your social media feeds. Or is that you feel the most productive during the evening rather than the morning? Go ahead, figure it out.
Work on the most important yet boring things when you feel the most active.
Work on the things that could be or not be significant but you feel most passionate about when you are not really feeling active.
Now what I like to do is whenever I feel the most confident and energetic I take up the tasks that I dread the most. Work that I know is important yet boring. And the work that I find interesting or enjoy doing are the things I involve in at the most unproductive hours of the day.
When you try to do the activities or tasks that you are passionate towards when you don’t feel the most constructive, it still will push you to freshen up, feel energetic and churns up those creative juices and will allow you to stay up late or even wake up early just to complete that task. Or let you not mind an extra cup of coffee to help you with finishing the work.
If the work is important, consider it done. But if the work isn’t much of importance or which doesn’t have a certain deadline attached to it, you will be glad you didn’t waste the most energetic hours on it.
The important and tedious work should always be tackled with when you are the most constructive and have all the energy without any efforts. Usually, the critical work is always the ones we dread the most. Yes, the work or chore which is very boring and you wish you didn’t have to really do it. But it also has to be completed by a deadline or is something really beneficial. For students, it could be finishing a project that they don’t really find interesting or for people who have to prepare a presentation for a meeting that they wish didn’t have to attend but is crucial for the career.
For instance, even if I am not in my best of moods to work in the evening or by night I enjoy finding new ideas, getting inspired, video editing etc for which I wouldn’t mind staying up late.
Now if the interesting activities that are kept for the time of the day you don’t really feel like working feels like a burden to you even if you would love to complete it, don’t touch it. Understand that the work you want to do should inspire you to become more creative and make you feel energetic. If you don’t feel it maybe its because the tasks need to be reorganized and shifted to something you don’t really enjoy or perhaps it is just some load of that particular day which is making you feel more exhausted, not allowing you to do anything more.
What I feel with any kind of activity or work we do on a daily basis we tend to scan through all of the work and pick out the most interesting ones when we are totally enthusiastic ending up shoving the most significant of tasks to be completed when we don’t really feel active. We end up postponing or piling up more and more work for ourselves.
There can definitely be more than one pattern of organizing or prioritizing work and this one can be part of the many ways you follow.
Thanks for reading! Hope you find it helpful.
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