Resetting: a process for clearing the mind of clutter
Recently, I was having troubles coming in to the office and getting focused on the days projects. Coming into the office was a chore, and it seemed I was bouncing from task to task. Some might like to call this multi-tasking; but it was really a lack of focus on a single project. Then, it came to me through an article about Resetting.
The concept is pretty simple and straightforward: reset at the end of each day. What does that mean? It means, clear your desk, organize the office, close out of open computer programs and assignments, put files away and remove everything that is or will be a distraction the next morning. This process creates an organization and finality to the day. More importantly, the next morning I arrive to the office with a clear mind because the desk, computer and office are not cluttered and in disarray. Now I can calmly sit down and rationalize out the day's tasks. More importantly, I don't feel overwhelmed with the tasks to do, particularly during tax season.
Another step I took was to create a Monday morning check-in. This is a process of laying out the weeks tasks and projects. More than a to-do list, its a calendar of events, my goals and identified milestones. To ensure these milestones are met, I include mandatory breaks and incorporate the fun tasks after completing the difficult ones as a reward.
So, do you reset?
Michael S. Nord | 02/02/2013