I had a lot of tasks I had to complete this weekend and I was not certain if I would get through them all but as it turned out the time I devoted to accomplishing my responsibilities was both productive and rewarding. Our productivity is a direct reflection on how much effort we put into the things we do. I believe this effort needs to surpass the boundaries of just manual labor. Like most people in order for me to get started working on a project I have to be excited about doing it. I start off by selling myself on the idea of tackling an undertaking first before I even roll up my sleeves and get down to business. I know that if I am serious about doing something I must be careful not to taint my mental outlook with negativity beforehand. I have to refuse to think of the effort as being boring or laborious. Negativity zaps all my energy so Instead, I envision a more positive approach to whatever it is that I have to do. I always take a few minutes beforehand to visualize what it will be like once I have completed the job. After I have made it more pleasurable and gratifying for myself, I say an affirmation to confirm what I have just visualized. The affirmation is always something that declares my enthusiasm toward the task. The next step for me is prioritizing what needs to be completed and when. I handle this by focusing on what I consider to be most vital aspects of the work and setting a deadline for its completion. It is always a sensible timeframe with just a bit of wiggle room to keep me from procrastinating. The extra time I allow for the completion of the task compensates for distractions that may come up so that I can still stay on track without feeling as if I have failed to meet the specified times I have set to accomplish my goal. If what I am trying to get done has many dimensions to it, I break it down. I put its elements into sub-tasks that keep me from becoming overwhelmed before I even get started because I have attempted to do too much in too short of a time period. If I want to make a game of it I can restrict each element of work to its own designated deadline such as; fifteen minute increments. I can set a kitchen timer, alarm clock or an hour-glass to measure this work interval. If the entire task itself is tedious or even small portions of it, I can do something else at the same time to preoccupy my mind simultaneously. For example: I can listen to music that makes me feel more energetic or place call to a friend and transform the monotony of the activity into something more stimulating. There is nothing like engaging in a lively conversation while performing a pressing course of action to take your mind off of it. I also like to put on a CD and listen to motivational strategies in such instances. After the task is over I am left primed and energetic just from being exposed to all these new and positive strategies. Everyone has their own special way of getting things done. We pretty much share the same objectives. If at all possible we seek to avoid feelings associated with neglect, guilt and regret. I for one am always open to learning better ways to meet my responsibilities. I hope you are too!