TSA#6 – Just a Little Bit

Feb 4, 2013 by

Keep going.

 

Just a little bit more.

 

I often try to do to too much. It’s one of my “things” that I need to work on. I am interested in many things and have a lot of ideas, goals, and dreams. We are only here for a certain amoun of time, so I want to fill it full with great friends and great experiences. But sometimes its too much.

Sometimes projects get bogged down and neglected. Sometimes I get distracted and onto the next shiny idea. Sometimes I have to put things on hold until the timing is right again, but I don’t stop. I don’t give up. I try to do a little bit each day. Just a little bit more each week.

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Your life is going on right now. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. They are all going to happen whether you fill that time with your own ideas and projects or not. You need to keep working on it. Just a little bit at a time. Keep moving forward. Keep making those little milestones that turn into bigger milestones that turn into completed tasks that turn into jobs well done.

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”

~ Charles Buxton

 

If you don’t know what the next step is on your next big idea, get out a piece of paper and write down a list. List out all the steps you need to take to finish the project. Start in big steps if thats all you know. Then break those big steps down into smaller steps. Then break those smaller steps down into bite size chunks of little things you can do each day. Do those little chucks each day. Find 5 minutes to cross one thing off your list. Get up off the couch for 30 minutes and cross a big one off your list instead of watching some re-run of some sitcom.

A quick note on multitasking.

There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.”

~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1747

My sister and I had a conversation about multitasking the other night. She claimed to be great at it, which is 100% not true. I called her out on it because I also claim to be good at it, but know the truth. Multitasking robs us of focus and completion. We jump from task to task from job to job, never fully finishing one, and never putting our full attention into the others. It’s not the best way to do things and we are not as good at is as we think we are, especially around others. We think we can work on 3 different projects, while watching TV, and talking on the phone, but we are distracted by jumping between the tasks and are never focused on one thing enough to put in the proper ammount of thought and attention to finishing it. The worst part is we often forsake others around us who are caught up in the multitasking. We have fragmented and distracted conversations with friends or family who don’t have our attention, all while we think we are doing great.

The result of all of that is we end up with all these projects stuck at 80-90% complete all around us. This is then a mental drain on us as we constantly encounter these unfinished projects and our brain has to continually keep track and catalog what is not done, what needs to be done and nags us to finish them. We hang on to all of these unfinished tasks in our head and are reminded of them throughout our day. This added stress doesn’t help us one bit.

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

~ Karen Lamb

Find your focus. Find some time to keep moving forward. Finish those 80-90% projects. Let that sense of completion and sense of satisfaction drive you into moving forward on your next project. Keep going.  Just a little bit more.

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The time is going to go by anyways. Where do you want to be tomorrow?

Your Truly Simple Action of the week:

Keep going. Just a little bit more. You will get there.

Ben…

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TSA#32 – Finish That Project

Jun 25, 2012 by

I’m a big fan of projects.  I have lots of ideas and always have several projects in varying stages of completeness going on at any given time.  This can get a little out of control as I get new ideas and want to start other projects while leaving unfinished ones in different stages of completeness.

One thing that I sometimes have to force myself to do is not start new projects until I finish up the old uncompleted ones.  Part of this is just so I can have the room to start the new projects but sometimes its just for my sanity.  I need to finish the old before starting on the new.  Finishing up projects and cleaning out my workspace in the garage or house gives me a clear head to think about what I might want to take on next.  This past weekend was the weekend for finishing up projects around the house.  My family is coming to visit this week so I set out about tackling all the 75% projects around the house and garage and finishing those up.

Your TSA for this week is to finish “that project”.  Yes you know the one.  Its the one that popped into your mind when I said “that project”.  Its time to get inspired and muster up the energy to finish it up and cross it off your list.  Also don’t underestimate the satisfaction of not having it on your to do list anymore.  That is a great feeling.

Here is one of my big projects that I finally finished up this weekend. Its a new door I built for our hall closet and I am so happy with how it turned out.   I’ll post more on this project as I am very proud of it.

*Update* – More finished pictures of the door.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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