In the face of too much to do (which there always will be), too little time (there is never enough), lack of clear information about the present (let alone the future), and uncertainty about what’s going to work (probably the bit that makes your work interesting and important) and how best to do it, what should you do?
One answer is to identify a set of things that you think are important, and take action on the smallest task that you can identify that would represent progress:
- Write an email
- Complete an application
- Tweak a website
- Encourage a colleague
- Arrange a meeting
- Look back at your vision and values
- Do some research
- Write an article
- Ask someone for help
You might recognise these as favourite tools of procrastination – which they are… unless they’re in the service of the things you think are most important.