Is it time to make things easier? What are you doing right now? Does it feel easy? Or is it frustrating? What are you tolerating about the task?
Taking just a minute to think about that and address it now can save you hours later.
Really there are only 3 things you can do to eliminate future frustration: do it differently next time, change your mindset or eliminate the need to do it at all.
Do It Differently
Even if you can’t simplify the entire thing due to time constraints, do one little thing that will make it easier next time.
You have a system, or at least a series of steps stored in your brain for taking care of business.
Write the steps down. Then every time you work on that task, ask yourself what could you do to make it easier. It might be removing a step or adding a step. Perhaps it involves changing the order of the steps.
It could be time to hand off the work or find a tool or app that will automate the process.
What if it was as simple as returning the items you use to do the process to their proper place so that they are there the next time you work on that thing. Putting your toys away will make things easier.
Change Your Mindset
So much time is wasted reorienting your brain to a task – up to 18 minutes. Save as much of that as possible by structuring things for ease of transition.
Some of this time is due to the things in your way. If you can’t get to the thing you need it takes brainpower to get at it. The whole process of finding your pen under the project you don’t need to work on until later in the week is frustrating.
Stop thinking it needs to be out to remember it. Store your things, including projects near where you use them when they are required daily; but not in your way until needed or if they are used less often.
Then do the tasks in the same way every time once you have created the process. Frequency creates mastery, which saves time, lot of time in the long run.
Sometimes the counter intuitive thing is the solution. If you are super busy but want more exercise in your day – store your gear in another room. It creates the transition time between tasks and gets you moving and leverages your exercise with a break so you save time on both ends.
Don’t Do It At All
An elegant system is one that will get you to more than one of your big picture wants and is easy to do or to delegate. It will also be easier to let go entirely of a task that isn’t getting you what you want.
Knowing what you really want, doing more of the things that get you there and less of the stuff that doesn’t is a really simple and effective way of looking at it.
What can you get away without doing at all? Often there are things lingering on the list that become a frustration just because they have been there awhile without resolution. It’s time to let go, if it was truly important you would have done it already.
Don’t put off the little things. It can be a silly little task that doesn’t seem all that important, but the little things can pile up and then we are not living the life we envision. So, right now, real quick, do one thing that you have been tolerating. (See what I did right there? Sneaking in a double negative for motivation).
Maybe that one thing is moving a cord or moving the coffee maker 2 inches to the left, replacing the toilet paper or just scheduling a time to review the process.
Now, go get the ladder and change the light bulb already so you don’t have to yell at it everyday.