Divide and Conquer

14 Sep


If you’re one of those people that creates lists and feels a great sense of accomplishment when each box is checked – I completely relate. With 6 full loads of classes and a part time job, checklists are a way for me to keep on top of things. But to say I’m starting to feel slightly overwhelmed is an understatement (not to mention that my first 2 Saturdays have been completely burnt out by trainings and other unrelated events. Which honestly, I would be way more appreciative of, if I didn’t have this long to do list to face at the end of the day and realise that less than half of it is checked and the weekend is over I know I’m rambling deal with it)

It’s great to have everything that needs to be done in a nice, long, concrete, easy-to-follow list. Wait, what? Easy-to-follow? Easy-to-follow??!!

A long checklist, believe it or not can make you a lot less productive… Let’s say, for example, that I’m working on item A on my checklist, I take my time and all is going fine. I look at my watch and hurry to finish item A so I can start on item B. As I glance to my checklist to see what to start on, I am confronted by my very, very long list… Instead of feeling motivated, I feel overwhelmed. In fact, whilst working on item B, I’m thinking and worrying about item c – v. At the end of the day, less than half of my items have been done. Of those that have been completed, besides the first, I probably would have done less than satisfactorily. The conclusion? I actually ended up doing less than I could have done because of that same checklist that was supposed to save my life.

Before I come off as a silly person who doesn’t like checklists, I actually love them – checklists are almost a part of me. My favourite part is checking that checklist with checks – yes, I did just go crazy with my alliterations. I’m not saying to abandon checklists, rather I’m saying to stay away from allotting too much expectations on yourself in one hour.

Divide and Conquer. Be realistic. Aim to complete, realistically, 2-3 things on your list. Trust me, I can totally understand that it’ll be hard to choose just 2 or 3 things on your list to focus on. But hey, the wise prioritise.

With less on your checklist, you’ll be compelled to give your best to each task. Which do you prefer: 6 completely but shabbily done tasks or 2 completely tasks that you’re proud of and satisfied with?

Yes, I know that time doesn’t seem like it’s on your side, and don’t believe the Nike lies – sometimes ‘just do(ing) it’ is not enough. We have to choose our fights. Come to terms with the fact that we’re only human, we have 24hrs in a day (12-19 hrs dependent on how long lazy you are) just like everyone else, and we have just as much to do as everyone else.

Okay, I’ll stop there. And let’s just say that I’m going to try my best to practice what I preach! Yes, I just wrote a post on something that I’ve not actually implemented in my life, yet. So reliable is this post eh? Of course, I cleverly left this piece of information till the very. Last. Line.

P. S: but guess what, if you try this and it works think of how much more productive you’ll be! Woooo


One Response to “Divide and Conquer”

  1. privilegedtoserve September 14, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    I read on another blog that you should choose 3 things that you have to complete each day. If you complete them, you can go on to other things. I think it’s good prioritising and probably removes that sense of being overwhelmed. So you’re not far from the truth. Delete and conquer! šŸ™‚

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