Are you a starter or a finisher? Are you a builder or a maintainer (not even sure if that is a word)? I love to start things. I love to run with new ideas because it seems more exciting than what I’m currently working on. However, over time you will become overwhelmed with the “pot holes” in your work. You need to declare a “fix the broken bridges day.”
Broken bridges are anything in your work that need to be fixed, repaired, or finished.
Fixing the broken bridges is when you carve out at least an entire afternoon or a whole day to go back and fix things that need fixing.
- Are there any projects you’ve yet to complete but they majority of it is done?
- Any products you created but did not spend much time and thought on promoting it?
- Are there any “nagging” tasks that need your attention but you have been avoiding them?
- Are there ways to simplify your product or service for your customers and you just haven’t gotten to it?
- Do you have a blog theme that needs updating?
- Do you need to clean up and organize your computer?
- Do you need to clean out your email box to zero messages?
1. Schedule a half day or a full day to fix what’s broken
Open up your calendar right now and carve out either a half day or full day to fixing your broken bridges. Pick a location that allows you to be removed from both internal and external distractions.
2. Make a quick list of the things that need fixing
You may already have a list stored away somewhere of items that need to be completed, but start with a fresh list. Write down everything that comes to mind. Let’s start with a fresh list of the things that need to be completed or fixed.
3. Set a generous time completion to each task
Go back over your original list and decide on how long it will take you to complete that task. Do this for each task on the list. It’s okay to be a bit generous on estimating the time to complete because it doesn’t always go as fast as we would like. If you need more time, you may need to trim your list.
4. Create momentum by working from the shortest timed task to the longest
In order to get some “wins” under your belt and create momentum for your Fix Broken Bridges Day, start with the tasks that take the least amount of time to complete. Getting through several 5 minute tasks will create some serious momentum for you.
5. Use an interval timer to motivate you to get things done
I also like to work with a designated timer. I normally like sixty minutes. Once the timer ends, take a five to ten minute break. Allow yourself to detach from your work for a bit. I like to use FocusAtWill.com for my timer and for motivating music to help me get things done.
Question: What ideas do you have for what you would do for a “fix broken bridges day?” You can leave a comment by clicking here.