Without exception, I use my time far more efficiently when I know someone else is paying attention.
If I go to the bookstore on my own, to hunt for a particular book, you can bet I'll wander to my heart's content, remembering this book and that book and detouring myself the entire time. An hour or more can be lost like this.
Sure, I've got a goal (to locate that one book), but it's pretty meandering as far as a plan is concerned, and it's definitely aimless in the sense that it doesn't live on a timetable—so, I've more or less made it forgettable from the outset.
If, on the other hand, my husband's waiting out in the car and we agree I have 15 minutes to find my book, I'm focused first on accomplishing the mission at hand, and only then would I permit myself to wander around with any remaining time.
As with the first example, there's still the same goal (to locate that one book); however, this time it's set within a specific context—a husband waiting patiently and an increment of time that's trained squarely on the objective, not on the experience.
An important aside: I absolutely believe in focusing on the experience much of the time. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I'm someone for whom the experience is often prioritized over the objective.
But, when it comes to doing what I know I need to do with this one life of mine (and when it comes to doing what I want to do and staying married to the person I want to be married to, lol), I try to remember that focusing my energy on the objective is sometimes undeniably important.
And in many cases, dealing with the objective first (and positioning it within a meaningful context—on a timetable, as part of an agreement, etc.) actually affords me the opportunity to be present for the experience.
This is where I want to help you.
Enter Get It Done Day.
Get It Done Day is a free virtual event that's held on the SECOND FRIDAY of every month. Throughout the course of a day, we call in using a video conferencing service called Zoom (it's free to participants), on five separate occasions. Between each call is a 60-minute productivity session (there's also a 60-minute lunch break). Together, we'll be working on our respective Thing We've Been Avoiding.
Get It Done Day is for anyone who struggles with procrastination—whether it's a work-related task, a personal project, or something that seems inane but needs doing (e.g. organizing an out-of-control closet). If you suspect you could benefit from a bit of accountability, some group camaraderie, and a designated time to finally complete That Which You've Avoided For Weeks, please join us.
For details on the event schedule and to register for the next Get It Done Day, go here.
These events are free, though I do require all participants to register in advance. While this helps me to get a sense of interest, it also serves as an important accountability step for you; if context is what you've been missing from your goal-setting, this is a fabulous opportunity to get what you need through a group commitment.
Commit to doing that Dreaded Thing with the bunch of us on the second Friday of each month, and you'll see that it isn't so bad when you're in good company (and we're all right there with you, doing our Dreaded Things, too).
Questions? Hit 'reply.' Otherwise, I'll see you there.