Yes, I live in New Mexico, officially the land of enchantment and unofficially the land of manana. The poor man could not understand my haste, though clearly I made him understand, 'cause he fixed it for me immediately.
- I know it's obvious, but I'm going to say it anyway. Do the undesirables first. The author M. Scott Peck (The Road Less Travelled) counseled us to "Don't eat the icing first." Our sense of freedom will be enhanced because our enjoyment of something will be free of worries. We won't be rerunning the "movie" of our unpleasant expectations in our minds and guilt about not doing what we're supposed to cannot haunt us.
- Break down the parts of a task and focus on doing one at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. In social work, we used to call this partializing.
- As phsyics points out to us, "A body in motion tends to remain in motion. A body still tends to..." Need I say anything about the benefits of physical activity to motivate us? Let's start, even five minutes makes us feel better and stimulates our brains. Trust me.
- Have to tackle a difficult, huge chore? Don't do it all at once. Challenge and time yourself. See how much you can do in 10 minutes, 20, an hour. You'll win each time.
- Have you ever noticed that some people seem to do 48 hours of activities in 24 hours? Time is relative. Maybe energy is too. I know that the more you have to do, the more you do. Time seems to miraculously appear, and energy seems to grow. Planning your day helps here. Make appointments with difficult tasks, then cross them off your list. It feels great.
- That being said, consider that balance is essential. Refrain from going overboard to the other extreme and becoming an action robot. Always take time out from doing and reflect on just being. You are after all a human...being.
I have a friend who is actually a great spiritual role model for me. Nothing is more important to her than her spiritual welfare. Her latest focus of awareness is how she uses her time. She pays little attention now to old time management techniques, or formal ways of discipline. What she relies on mostly is her conviction that even when we just intend to do something we exert energy. When we don't do what we intended, even if a minor thing, our energy is left there lingering with no fulfillment. I interpret this to mean that what may be most important is to be true to ourselves. When we commit to something, or if life commits us to something we must do, it is best for our mental, physical and spiritual well being to act now.
I've always loved the old Nike slogan - "JUST DO IT!"