Orbiting The Giant To Do List

Are you orbiting a giant to do list and having trouble getting anything done?
This happens to me when I get too many projects going at once – I think it's the bane of a creative person.


When this happens I return to a simple bit of time management advice I got many years ago;  choose the ONE thing that will move your project or your business forward and make sure you do it. It's so much easier to actually accomplish the ONE thing as opposed to a whole list of action steps and when done on a daily basis your most important goals are reached.

Because I have multiple projects going at once, I've expanded this bit of advice to help me identify the ONE THING per project and I've turned it into a visual worksheet. The worksheet helps you list a few key action steps and then narrow in on the ONE thing. You can even color in the worksheet  – use colored markers and  basically bring a little fun to the process – and on top of that coloring is great for reducing stress.

You can download the worksheet here; It's the Chunk It Down Worksheet  ENJOY!

How many items on your to do list right now will actually move forward an important project or grow your business? What is the ONE thing you can to today?

Coloring in your cubicle? It’s good news!

Coloring and doodling made the national news recently. It is
true! A study proved that doodling during a meeting or phone conversation helps
you focus. Those of us who doodle regularly know that it’s never been about
going off into lala land and not paying attention. It actually keeps the mind
from daydreaming and allows it to be more receptive.

It’s ability to reduce stress and keep minds from wandering
off in a meeting offers a cost benefit to companies. How cool is that! I’m all
for a coloring book in every cubicle and coloring sheets in every meeting! If
it can work in corporate arena imagine other stressful settings – dentist’s
waiting rooms, talking to your therapist and these days a meeting with your financial planner.

All joking aside, I have always found coloring to be
soothing and restful. It does quiet the incessant inner chatterbox and it is
nice to have that scientifically validated. It’s an easy, creative way to take a
stress break and there are lots of free sources for downloadable images perfect
for coloring.