Where Do You Start?

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Lost in a forest of clutter and tasks? Don’t despair!

Ever get that “lost in the forest” feeling when facing starting a project or thinking about all the things you have to do? We lose perspective and feel overwhelmed because we get lost in the details. Suddenly every task feels urgent and it isn’t clear where to start or how anything will ever get done.

  • Example: I need to submit my vacation request to work for the next 2 months by the end of the week, my kids have 2 different soccer schedules, the school calendar, my husband travels for work and has mileage points expiring soon that we want to use for a vacation – where do I start?

 1. Establish a timeframe to evaluate

Do you need to figure out what to do in the next hour or are you trying to figure out a much larger project? How far back do you need to step to get the perspective that will help you move forward?

Large scale time: what kind of life events are coming up? Graduations? Births? Changing schools? Moves? Small scale time: the next half hour, or the current day, or this week.

There’s no one right answer for every person – it’s individual to each person and the situation you’re trying to work on.

  • Start here: The most important time frame is between now and when the mileage points expire; then the time frame that the request covers – the next 2 months.

 2. Decide what your immediate goal is.

Once you narrow your timeframe, think through what the main goal is for that timeframe. What is most important to you?

  • Start here: Figure out if a vacation is even possible before the points expire, given the family schedule constraints.

3. Decide which tasks are most important to achieve the goal

Brainstorm a list of all the steps to get to the goal. Then identify which ones are most important to do and decide what order makes sense. The result should tell you exactly what your next steps are!

  •  Start here:
  1. Print out or view a calendar of the timeframe in question
  2. Eliminate any days that have kids’ soccer or husband’s work commitments
  3. Review school calendars for possible holidays/commitments during the timeframe
  4. Review available days to decide which would work best for vacation. Confirm with husband.
  5. Complete and submit vacation request
  6. Start planning vacation!

 

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Where Do You Start?

  1. Jack Marden

    I have a house that only a collector could love. Soon it will be time to establish a method for tackling the problem. Thanks for the plan of attack. Jack

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