- When I was in my late 20s, I had one of those life events that, according to my doctor, put me in the medical books. It was a very unusual and traumatic experience that everyone hoped I'd recover from but really didn't think I would. Guess what? I'm here.
- Another health issue occurred about 10 years ago that gave me less than 25% chance of survival. Guess what? Yep! I'm here.
- A few years ago, when the infamous "bubble" burst, my husband and I couldn't have been in the two worst professions - construction and real estate. To say that time period was anything but devastating for us would be less than truthful. We wanted to give up but didn't. And, guess what? We're still standing and now thriving.
What's My Point? You Can do the Impossible! With the right tools, knowledge and support (let's not forget prayers), what seems overwhelming can be tamed, making us more effective in our business and personal lives.
If you have ever had many different tasks to complete, it feels like an impossible mountain to climb. When these kinds of tasks are within your range of responsibility, there are some positive ways in which you can approach them. You may find that you really can do the impossible.
Sometimes you may see tasks as impossible because you are overwhelmed by how much you need to do within a short period of time. Even if each is quite simple, they can add up to a mountain of work which you cannot reasonably expect to finish. This can happen when you take on more than you can handle or when unexpected “surprises” come up without adequate preparation. A positive approach to this is to be reasonable about what you can do in the beginning. Whether taking on too much is due to financial necessity or not thinking it through when you take on each task, assessing your capabilities beforehand can eliminate this problem.
A positive approach is prioritizing your tasks. If an unexpected assignment or project comes up while you are tending to your other duties, you should decide which tasks need to be completed immediately and which ones can wait until later.
Sometimes you may have a project which really is beyond your capabilities. In these cases, the best approach is to acknowledge your limitations. Depending upon the circumstances, you can ask for help from your friendly Real Estate Virtual Assistant. As a REVA for many Realtors® across the country, my schedule is managed by priority; each client being placed on my calendar as one-time and often-repeated tasks. That way nothing falls through the cracks. When the unexpected comes up, I can quickly look at my calendar and assess where I can fit it in and what can be moved to a different time slot.
Good time-management and a clear acknowledgement of your abilities are the keys to doing the impossible. Instead of being overwhelmed by work, or stressing yourself out over something which you simply don't have time for or are incapable of doing, you will be increasing your energy and definitely getting more done. While no one can do everything and no one can do everything equally well, you will be proceeding to the very best of your ability. This, in turn, will reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and will help you to be much more productive.
Free Productivity Tools
- Sendible - Social media management tools for business. A platform for engaging with customers, measuring results and monitoring your brand across multiple social media channels at once.
- Remember the Milk - With this service (registration required), you can remember to do anything...even buy milk. For many platforms, including BlackBerry, iPhone, Gmail, and Windows Mobile.
- Gubb - This service keeps track of to-dos, projects, phone calls, and more. You can use it for your personal life as well.
Be Sure to Catch up on the Previous Productivity Blogs:
- You Can't Play the Game if You Don't Know the Rules
- Bright Shiny Thing! Squirrel! Reducing Distractions to Get More Done
- Sweet Potatoes or Dessert - What Should You Do First?
- Exercising Yourself to Self-Discipline