Today’s post in the 10-day Freedom Blog Challenge by Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entreprenuer, is about procrastination and overwhelm. Since my master list of things to do is 200+ items long and will never be finished, and probably 80% of my daily to-do list has just been carrying over day-to-day for weeks, this was a much needed post for me! Natalie suggests taking action to get past overwhelm and procrastination and reach out to your tribe to get them to hold you accountable to your action. Perfectionism is another form of procrastination, and imperfect action is better than no action. The action she suggests is a basic, minimal, imperfect action, just get it out in the world and iterate and improve from there.
Today’s challenge is to choose one imperfect daily action that will move you closer to the life you envision, and what you imagine life would be like if you stick with it for 30 days. I think this goes hand-in-hand with the challenge from Day 5 of adding that 20 minute coffee time block in my calendar where I do one simple task per day to move me closer to big dreams and big goals, instead of just reacting to new work and urgent work arriving in my inbox (currently that block of time is for writing blog posts for this challenge).
This new imperfect daily action will be choosing the three MIAs for the next day (most important actions) and making sure they are at the top of my to do list for the following day when I organize it the night before, while taking a more realistic look at what I can actually accomplish in one day. I did complete a course on successful to-do lists by Chalene Johnson at the beginning of the year and it may be a time to revisit it with this new attack plan. I think in 30 days of trying to accomplish those three things each day (I say trying since it is an imperfect action, not perfect) and managing my to-do list better, combine with that 20 minute block of big dreams work each day, I will see some progress toward less overwhelm! That would be fantastic, especially since this is my busiest time of year for several of my jobs, combined with the new projects of finishing my school application, looking for scholarships, and restructuring one of my businesses to take up less of my time – all things that can be broken down into smaller tasks per day to get them done!
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7