When you just don’t know where to start…

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all found ourselves in one situation or another where we just “don’t know where to start”.

Maybe you’ve decided to restructure your company or your boss just handed you the “monster of all monsters” project.

Or maybe you’re working around your house and decide it’s time for a huge clean-sweep or re-vamp of your precious space.

Whatever the case may be, we can all relate to the dreaded feeling of overwhelm where we have SO much to do in so little time. (And that precious little time that you do have, seems to slip through your fingers and fade quickly into the past as a distant memory.)

It’s times like these when we need to turn to our good ‘ol friend Bob Marley and simply remember that “Everything’s going to be ok”.

Easier said than done, right?

Not necessarily….

I understand that when overwhelm sets in the little voice inside your head is screaming, “How the h*#@ is everything going to be ok? I have so much sh*t to do, with so little time and on top of all this, I have to up the ante on my workouts so I look hot-hot-hot for the party that’s right around the corner.”

Yup, been there, thought that and guess what?

It’s NOT Mission Impossible 4, you WILL survive, and you’ll do a kick-ass job like you always do. (And oh yeah, you’ll have heads turning for the right reasons when you done your little black dress.)

Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind the next time the heat is on.

Juicy Tip Numero Uno:

Imperfect action is better than NO action.

This might be a hard one to swallow for all of you perfectionists and stressed-out overachievers out there, but it’s the truth.

It’s very common for people to avoid a daunting task because they just don’t know where to start or they insist on waiting for the “perfect time” before they can start working on their project.

Newsflash Ladies!

There is rarely that “perfect time” in life and the longer you wait to start something, the more stressful and daunting it becomes.

So rather than looking at the piece of the puzzle as a whole, start breaking it down into manageable pieces and focus on each section one-by-one.

Also remember that everything is a process and processes take time to tweak and perfect. You’ll review and update your work, other people will review and update your work, then finally you’ll arrive at that perfect solution, polished paper or rock solid business proposal you’ve been slaving away at.

Juicy Tip #2:

Set a timer and Just Do It!

When I’m having difficulties getting started on something or my mind insists that day dreaming is what it really wants to do, I use something called the Pomodoro Technique.

It’s a simple anti-procrastination app that you can download online for free (newer versions are available for the price of $4.99) and install on your computer. The best thing about the Pomodoro Technique is that it’s super simple to use and if you fall in love with it, you can order the cute, juicy apple timers they sell 🙂

The default timer is set for 25 minutes and you can choose to listen to it tick or have it silent. Surprisingly, I prefer the ticks as they help me get in the zone and stay laser-focused on the task at hand. After the 25 minutes are up, it’s set to take a 5 minute break. After my break is up, I set I press start and my next 25 minute session begins.

When I use this technique, whether I’m writing, researching, cleaning, or whatever it may be, I am WAY more productive and before I know it, I’m moving onto my next to-do with a big grin and a feeling of accomplishment.

So next time you find yourself struggling to take the plunge and dive into that to-do, consider trying out the Pomodoro technique.

Mac users can download the timer (or purchase the latest version) here.

PC users can download the timer here.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Pomodoro technique or accessing other useful free resources (including books and to-do sheets) then check out this site here.

Hopefully you find this simple technique as useful as I do and if you have any juicy techniques that help you get the balling rolling and stay focused, share them with everyone below!

And remember that imperfect action is better than no action, so get to it and start crossing off those to-dos.

Here’s to a wonderfully, juicy productive day!

xo and Juicy Love,

Leanne