You come home after a long day of work.
Tired, smelly, and can’t be fucked with anything other than getting in a hot shower and going straight to your bed for some much-needed rejuvenation.
It’s the ending to a long, but productive day, and all you want is to step into a steamy hot shower to relax, recap the day, and wash away the feeling of running around in the city all day. (NYC peeps you know what I’m talking about).
You take off your clothes, step into the piping hot water, dip your head under and let out a sigh of relief… then something happens…
You can feel the water slowly fading from piping hot to lukewarm… and then cold.
Unless you are trying to cool your jets from a hot and steamy moment, or are like my lame ex who only took lukewarm showers, then you can’t be bothered with the cold water that is pouring down from the shower head. And then you are left wondering, “how the fuck did this happen?” or better yet, “who used up all the hot water?”
If you lived in my house you would assume it was the kids, not just because it’s the general consensus when something goes wrong, broken, or missing in the house, but also because you stepped over the dirty clothes they left on the bathroom floor just moments before you got in the shower. (insert massive eye roll here).
But it’s not your kids fault, it’s just a principle that life will show you time and time again to be true:
When you spread something out too thin, it’s effect will lesson.
This is true for the hot water, and also for your great ideas.
You can have the worlds greatest and most brilliant mind. BUT if you are trying to do all of them at once, you will dilute yourself and your ability to do each one of those things great. Your metaphorical water will just get cold. And that’s just lame. And well, cold.
You will be left feeling like you can’t get SHIT done. And you will always feel as though you are just spinning your wheels.
And it all boils down to one thing:
Or rather, the lack thereof.
One of the biggest productivity killers is simply that we are trying to do too much shit at one time. You can’t do EVERYTHING great at one time.
Ways to get more done, by simply doing less.
Listen and acknowledge ALL of your banging ass ideas
Look, I know you’re a genius. I know you are bursting with so many amazing ideas… but you are going to have to move past the idea stage. At some point. (this is a big step for a lot of people)
And in order to do that, you are going to have to write ALL those great things down (so you don’t forget) , and then narrow it down. Because you can’t do everything at once. You just can’t.
Narrow it down even more
Once you narrow down your ideas, narrow them down even more. In fact, choose one thing. If you need me to give you one thing to focus on this is it: CONTENT.
Focus on planning your content for the month, nailing an editorial calendar, and be consistent with creating relevant, meaningful content that has a purpose each month.
Do this FIRST. Then think about how you are going to promote your content, or how you will build your social media presence with this great campaign.
Make A Plan
Here’s a plan you can live with: pick one subject to blog about per month, and write 4 blog posts about it.
Oh and let’s have it done by wk1 of the month.
Plans don’t have to be intricate and detailed to be effective. In fact, you may be like me and need simplicity.
The best plans are the ones you can remember without having to go back and look at the plan over and over to remember.
Remind Yourself And Track Your Progress
You have to stay on track with these plans you create, so don’t get too crazy. Take the time each week, or each morning to track where you are and see your progress. You can always tweak your original plan based on the results you are producing.
Rinse and Repeat
To do things great you are going to have to learn how to stay focused. Narrow it down, make a plan, and track your progress. Promise, you will get a lot more shit accomplished and feel a lot less overwhelmed.