So one day while procrastinating badly, I came across this little gem on Lifehacker.
To be productive, remember the following: One thing at a time. Most Important thing first. Start now.
One thing at a time.
Most important thing first.
I wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it to my computer monitor at work. And I will tell you, it does really help.
I'm only in my office now when I REALLY need to do something. When I REALLY need to post a document for my online class. Or I have some other big problem. Last week when I posted the test, I hadn't entered the start date properly. I spent all weekend thinking everything was fine until I checked email Sunday night and had a slew of panicked emails from students asking "where's the test?". So Monday I had to ask Mom to watch my girl while I tried to figure out how to fix it.
I got into my office, and immediately saw the post-it. I took a deep breath, and started working.
This morning, my little one is at daycare. Somehow I have less guilt having someone watch her if I am paying them money. I have all day to complete my to-do list (which is a little open-ended because I'm "working ahead".) But as I slipped into my chair, I saw my post-it. Took a deep breath. And accomplished more before 11 am than I really thought I would.
So I thought I'd share.