All the tips, tricks, plugins, apps and widgets are useless unless you know what you’re doing. So what should I be doing then?
Follow up and task management is seriously tedious business. You work, you’re precise but in the end everyone in the team has to pull their weight. Even if you’re the best delegator you need to follow up on things because sometimes tasks just fall through the cracks.
How to be better at following up? Read the full article here: http://raunomerisalu.com/blog/follow-up-and-task-management/
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Sometimes I feel like I just can’t do it anymore. All the tasks seem tedious to the point that I…
Sometimes I just do whatever it takes to avoid writing. Or whatever it is that I should do. Sometimes I clean. And at that point cleaning feels so good that it makes me sick. Sometimes I reorganize furniture and sometimes I redo my website’s theme from scratch.
And it depends on the time off that I need. If it’s a short break I might do the cleaning. If it’s a bit longer I might do the furniture as I first need to use SketchUp to 3d model the apartment and then start organizing the furniture on screen first… And if I really need a break I redo the website. That will take the longest as I really do always start from scratch.
After one of those is done I can focus again on the writing. I really don’t need a break but I need to accomplish something. Cleaning is easy, I can see the results immediately. And when I get stuff done I’m motivated to get more stuff done.
So to do more I need to do more. And here you thought I was writing about cleaning…
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There was a time when all the management books told to set deadlines for everything. I’ve also been under this kind of boss so I know how to set them. It works in some environments if you’re accountable to someone else than yourself. But more and more people are accountable only to themselves.
When you work as a freelancer or for yourself those arbitrary deadlines don’t work anymore. If I know the deadlines are made up I won’t respect them. Most probably you won’t either.
The perfect way to go around this is not set any. Instead what you do is flip the idea of to do list on its head. When you start thinking in the terms of “what does it give me if I get this task done” you will suddenly see the outcome instead of the task.
I didn’t actually mention something obvious which I maybe should do now. These tasks that I’m talking about are those that you don’t want to do but at some point you just need to get them over with.
Sometimes indeed finishing the task only gives you a peace of mind. But at the end of the day peace of mind goes a long way.Tweet