Motivation is a topic close to my heart at the moment. I have 1000 things to get done and things are getting lost in the muddle.
So what do you do when it is getting all too much? My first reaction is to let the housekeeping slide. This is probably not a “good thing” as I have fairly severe dust allergies, but as my mother says, if there is enough of it, the weight holds it down and away from your nose. Problem solved until the dust bunnies create a civilization and start communicating with the unwashed dishes.
The main thing is to find what is really important in your life and focus on that. Easier said than done. One way is to list all the areas in your life and then draw two columns. In the first, score them from 10 to 1 on how much you want more of that item. In the next column, how much you want less of that item. For example, at the moment, I wouldn’t say no to more money, but it really isn’t a priority – call it 6. However, I really don’t want much less. We are comfortable where we are – so score it a 9 for a total of 15. On the other hand, I really don’t want any more responsibility right now – score 3, and I would gladly take less – score 9. That gives a score of 12.
The important thing about the two columns is that if I was only ranking things on how important they are to me, money and responsibility doesn’t even rate a mention. They are still a major factor in my decision making.
So once you have your list, then what?
Start pruning. Get rid of those things with low scores, remove some of the clutter from your life. And remember, this is your list. No one is looking over your shoulder. Your conscience might be saying letters to Grandma are important, but really, it’s not a motivator for you. Then concentrate on getting one thing done for your top three each day.