Most people overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a month.
Have you ever had a day when you set out to achieve dozen of goals, but end up achieving none of them?
That’s what today was for me.
Overestimating What You Can Accomplish
I had basically set myself up for failure.
I was overwhelmed by all the things I had set out to complete today.
- Company’s 2 Years of Doing Awesome Things Lettering Project
- Refine Hand Lettering
- Digitalize my hand lettering
- Learn to animate the lettering
- Animate the lettering
- Email it.
- Work on freelance project
- Have a meeting with the client
- Get the worksheet and analyse it.
- Work on the moodboard
- Brainstorm ideas
- Design top 5 ideas
- Email it to client.
- Write today’s blog post
- Come up with the topic
- Write the first draft
- Write the second draft
- Find a picture that goes well with the topic of today’s blog post
- Upload the post in the website
- Video Project
- Write a scipt for the video
- Find music for the video
- Create a storyboard for the video
- Edit the video and upload it to YouTube.
- Go shopping with friends
- Buy a Leather Jacket
- Buy a gym belt
- Buy a wrist strap
Needless to say, I half-assed all of the above (expect the last one, which I didn’t do at all.)
This is what I had forgotten:
Catching one rabbit is far better than chasing 6 of them and not catching any.
Our goals are the same.
If we set out to achieve too many of them at once, we’ll end up achieving none of them.
As the cliché goes,
“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey
So what to do instead?
- Pick 1-3 most important tasks for the day and focus on completing only those tasks. This way you’ll have a clarity about what to do and focus on doing the work instead of being overwhelmed by it.
- Schedule “play” time throughout the day. It like scheduling a cheat day every week where you can have anything you want. Knowing that you can do browse through your social media and watch YouTube videos later in the day helps you concentrate on the task at hand and feel less anxious.
- Meditate first thing in the morning. No matter how “Woo-Woo” it seems, meditating just for 10 mins in the morning will help you start your day with calmness and remain focused throughout the day.
- Right down what you want to accomplish and do today the night before. This way, you don’t have to think about what you need to do today because you already have it written down.
- Block two 3 hour blocks of time just for doing deep work. No distraction allowed during those period of time. No emails, no phones, no internet. Only deep work.
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