There are 3 words that pop up in my Facebook groups day after day and they are so destructive.
- They make you feel stressed.
- They make you feel you’re not good enough.
- They pile on pressure where there doesn’t need to be any.
- They make you feel overwhelmed and paralysed.
- They never let you move on and do the good stuff.
Maybe you have said them too? If so, you need to stop!
What are they?
“I’M SO BEHIND”
Have you said this?
If you have, you are definitely not alone.
I think we often say it out of habit but it’s a habit we need to break.
Because it doesn’t help you ONE LITTLE BIT.
It doesn’t help you move on. It doesn’t make you feel like tackling anything; in fact it does the opposite.
When you say ‘I’m so behind’ you immediately feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. You feel you have to ‘catch up’ before you can move on.
How does that help? It doesn’t!
The truth is you are not ‘behind’ because there is no deadline. You go at your own pace.
If you haven’t got around to setting up your email list, updating your website or watching all the classes and courses you have bought it’s probably because they felt TOO BIG TO TACKLE and you’re a busy person, right?
If you want to stop feeling like this, think about your business right now and use my TEN MINUTE LIST method on it.
STEP ONE: GRAB A NOTEBOOK AND PEN. Do a brain dump, get all your big jobs and ‘to-do’s out of your head and onto paper until your brain is empty (work, business, personal, all of them) so you have processing space in your brain to think.
STEP TWO: BREAK DOWN ALL THE BIG JOBS into their tiniest possible tasks (ideally these take 10 minutes or less to do).
‘Finish my website’ (huge job) is actually lots of tiny tasks such as write product descriptions, sort payment links, find images, add blog, do product photos, it’s made up of lots of tiny tasks.
A TINY TASK could also be replying to an email, writing a Facebook post, taking a pic for Instagram, booking an appointment, writing a paragraph of a blog, updating a price on your website, creating a FB post in Canva, watching 10 minutes of a class, scoping out a blog, doing a bit of research, making a call, sending a text, coming up with product or service ideas, anything your business needs.
STEP THREE: CREATE A TEN-MINUTE LIST. Put all your TINY TASKS onto a list you can have with you. I have mine on a notepad app on my phone but you can also scribble your ten-minute list onto paper and carry it around in your pocket or bag.
STEP FOUR: TACKLE ONE TINY TASK AT A TIME and cross it off your list. You will soon see your list shrink and your feeling of accomplishment grow as you whiz through your ten-minute list. Honestly, I’ve achieved massive things in tiny windows of time just because they were there on a list and I could tackle them even when I was busy.
Even HUGE projects can be broken down into tiny tasks and tackled in ten-minute windows.
- If you are waiting for the kettle to boil, do a tiny task.
- If you are parked-up waiting for the kids in the car, do a tiny task.
- If you have an hour spare, do a few tiny tasks.
- If you have a ten minute window between other things, do a tiny task.
It’s all about using those tiny windows of time to get things done on your tiny task list.
Tiny tasks add up to HUGE results. And if you really need to tackle a BIG TASK that needs more than ten minutes, book out a couple of hours in your diary and make it happen.
You’re not behind and you can do this.
Love, Claire xx
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Claire Mitchell is a best-selling author of the Awesome Marketing Planner and founder of The Girls Mean Business, a mum and business owner. She has been featured in Marie-Claire, The Guardian, Closer Magazine, Essentials, The Huffington Post and on the BBC.