Okay, I know “schmetails” isn’t a real word…but I wanted to send you something this week to make sure you turn that “to-do” list into a “to-done” list.
I heard this quote when I spoke in Boise, Idaho earlier this month. Similar to “done is better than perfect,” it’s been helping me out a lot. When those details are getting in the way of your productivity, as yourself this question: “What would this look like if it were easy?”
Author, speaker, and entrepreneur Tim Ferris asks himself this question to help reframe things that initially look like problems. By simplifying the outlook, he begins to notice how things that were once hidden with stressors become a little bit demystified. I have started asking myself this question and noticed that some things I thought were barriers were actually not true – they were assumptions.
Here’s a simple example:
Last week I had a webinar to edit and produce and I was super hungry. I told myself, “You can’t stop because you need to get this finished and you can eat later.” However, with this new role, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about setting my schedule. So I stopped and said, “What would this look like if it were easy?” I came to the rationale that if I didn’t eat, my productivity would suffer more harm than good because I would be operating from a tired state – which is when I typically make the most mistakes. I also knew I had food in the house because I went grocery shopping on Sunday. The barrier I put in front of myself was that I was trying to not communicate that I was hungry with my Webinar Producer because I thought she wanted this done right away.
I immediately let her know that I was hopping off line for a bit to go eat – and found out that she was too! I went into the kitchen, made some food and enjoyed my meal. I then hopped back online, like I said I would, to finish my tasks and didn’t feel depleted.
Now, are all decisions that easy? Of course not. But, it just goes to show you that sometimes we talk ourselves out of things because of the “What ifs?” that may or may not exist. Reframe your obstacle into an opportunity and try your best to keep it simple.
If you’re interested in learning more about how this question helps Tim (and others) increase their productivity, check out this article on Forbes.com (it’s a quick read, I promise).
Knock ’em dead this week, I’m rooting for you!
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