It’s common for us small business owners to bite off far more than we can chew. We love to hustle and grind, hit our goals and have that wonderful feeling of productivity. But we must be careful, because a tomato-shaped timer and a stack of post-it notes cannot win over the pervasive bleah of burnout.
Here’s some good news if you’ve ever felt like a failure for getting distracted and not sticking to a task: You are completely normal. All things shiny and new give us doses of dopamine, which makes us feel happy. It’s easy to get distracted when we’re trying to focus because it actually feels good.
Productivity is not about doing more things – it is about doing the right things at the right times. Spend 10 minutes to plan your day and save hours in wasted effort and unnecessary task-switching. Next time your brain is swimming with all the wonderful possibilities of things you could do, or drowning in dread of all the things you have to do, you are going to thank me.
People often believe that strong will and good intentions will drive them through their to-do lists. Instead, what turns intention into action is planning and follow-through. That, and banning the concept of multi-tasking from your mind forever.