These people are referring to the paperwork and mundane tasks required of many jobs that aren’t really part of your goals but you can’t quit them either. It’s not enough to do the work, you have to document that you’ve done it and how you’ve done it. Some people have it easier than others and it doesn’t get in the way too much, for those of you for whom this is a real problem, listen up. This tip is called batching. You’ve got all these necessary things to do, you think about them, you ruminate over them and they’re always in the back of your mind; they weigh on you. Here’s an idea: block out some time for these tasks and these tasks alone. It may be once a day, once a week, once a month, whatever time period would best apply to the task at hand. Make it the same time during each time period, 4pm-5-pm, every Friday, last weekday of the month, whenever. The idea behind this is that each task has its assigned time and date. When you have time set aside for these mundane tasks they don’t weigh on you as much. You don’t worry about them because you say to yourself “I have a set time to do that so I don’t need to worry about it now.” The tasks wait until it’s their time and when that time comes you get them done, finish them, and move on. Your hands are clean of it until the next time you’ve blocked off.
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