After a week of getting things done–large and small, short-term and long-term–I have mixed feelings. I did make progress on some long-term goals, but didn’t do a lot of the little things. Which seems good, except that not doing the little things (keeping up with emails, cleaning house, etc.) eventually turns into a big thing. By Friday, I did achieve clarity in which little things I could postpone or not do, so I was able to get those off my plate.
The best thing about the week is what I learned about myself and how I work:
° I got a lot done during days at work with no meetings. I was able to concentrate and focus and make good progress. Of course, I do have to attend meetings and am brainstorming how I can focus during the hours-long planning meetings and how to keep from getting distracted when there is a long technical discussion.
° I want and need a day a week dedicated to staying home and writing. I can tackle some of the little chores if I need a break, but if I’m in the researching/writing groove, I can just stay with it.
° I am more open to running errands and meeting up with friends if I am already at the office. If I’m home, I like to stay home and if I’m out, I like staying out.
How do you handle that overwhelmed feeling? What do you do to make sure you’re getting the important things done?