When I get to work there are 100 things on my to-do list. Yes, I have a physical, hand written to-do list. I'd be lost without it. I cross things off and add things to it all day long. It keeps me sane and organized.
But even with the to-do list, my mornings are busy and my afternoons are... unmotivated. I get to work with energy, drive and a vision of how the day should go. And then around 3pm I've been super productive, but I'm drained. My to-do list becomes daunting and that drive I had in the morning is gone. I find myself reading book reviews (which is good) and browsing Pinterest (which can be productive, but isn't always).
So this week, I'm trying something new. I've noticed a trend: I do the easy projects in the morning and by the afternoon, when I'm feeling drained, all that's left is the big, intimidating projects. This week, I'm getting those big projects out of the way first. No more procrastinating. State Report needs to be filed? Do it first thing Monday morning. Need to create flyers for programs coming up in the next few weeks? Work on one each morning this week.
The projects I like to work on need to become rewards for when I've finished the projects I would rather put off indefinitely.
And so far this plan is working. I've finished two projects this morning that I would normally put off for as long as possible. But they're done, and I feel good, and I have the rest of the day to work on fun projects. Plus, I won't feel guilty when I spend an hour knitting with the library knitters group later, one of my favorite things about Mondays.