What I do when I have something difficult, ambitious and possibly lengthy to do and don’t feel like diving into it:
At the office
- I clean my desk. Can’t work with so many papers on my desk. Oh, here is something I forgot about… Hmmm, I have to create a new folder for this… Oh, it’s time to go home…
- I go make myself a cup of tea or go for lunch
- I read the newspapers – I have to keep aware of what’s going on in the world, that’s also part of my job, right?
- I clean out my inbox – oh, this can go on for days… 1842 unread e-mails for now, spam or newsletters or other unimportant mail (kept just in case) …
- I pay my bills online
- I write to do lists
- I water the office plants
- I start reading important (but not urgent) reports that have piled up on my desk
- I organise my personal drive
- I do small simple things that can be done in 30 minutes (answering e-mail) instead of diving into something complex and hard.
- I check available online courses and plan training
- I plan my holidays.
- I check twitter and Facebook.
- I look up background information on partners/organise my paper folders.
- I wash the dishes in the office kitchen. (Yes, even this !)
- I make myself a cup of tea
- I make something to eat
- I go wash my hair
- I read with my daughter
- I read (without my daughter)
- I doodle
- I call grandma on Facetime
- I go make my bed
- I fold laundry
- I make shopping lists and go shopping
But then, eventually, I stress too much and dive in… and half the time, I realise that it wasn’t half as bad as I thought…