Every day, make sure you clean that litter box. No, I am not talking literally (unless yours needs to be cleaned…then go do it), but figuratively speaking, cleaning the litter box will help you get more stuff done.
What the heck am I talking about?
In the most simple terms… do the most distasteful thing on your to-do list first. Get it out of the way, and chances are that the rest of your day will go better.
Wasn’t it Dean Martin who said, “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”?
Do you have a client that called again still looking for that COVID refund and you have nothing good to report back? Make that call first thing in the morning and get it out of the way. There is no sense in postponing the inevitable; and with it gone, you will not feel the weight of the conversation all on your shoulders the rest of the day!
Perhaps your desk, like mine, has been long overdue for a thorough cleaning. Rumor has it that a clear desk will lead to more productivity; but a root canal somehow seems more palatable. Go in there and tackle that figurative litter box. You will feel an immediate sense of accomplishment and ready to take on the day.
For me, once I have a sense of accomplishment, other activities tend to follow, and I am much more productive. When I must concentrate on something without numbers or letters, I find that tuning into XM channel 08 gets me motivated and I can fly through a bunch of litter box tasks—cleaning the desk, organizing the file drawer, paying bills…you get the picture.
It may be a simple task like writing a blog post, scheduling an email broadcast, or writing some social media posts for the next month. But, once that litter box is cleaned, I find that I am revved up and ready to take on the world.
Now, with this column out of the way… about those 2,474 images on the SD card I just popped out of my camera!