Two weeks ago I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to focus and get stuff done. Covid19 created a massive change in my schedule, and left me too exhausted to make the simplest of decisions. Like, when to workout.  

Can you relate?

At the time, I didn’t realize decision fatigue was at the crux of my challenge. Turns out, lack of clarity in priorities and routines (due to the pandemic) leads to decision fatigue.

Once I realized what I was struggling with, I sat down and held a little meeting with myself. I needed to prioritize and establish a new routine quickly, and so here’s how I went about solving this problem for myself…

1. Prioritize. Write on the top of a clean piece of paper (or a computer screen): Top 3 priorities right now. I started with work-related priorities.

— Practice sharing ideas
— Learn new platforms and skills
— Connect with others, and offer support

2. Must-haves. Write all of your daily/weekly must-haves on a clean sheet of paper.

For example:

  • Exercise
  • Meetings
  • Meals
  • Shower
  • Outdoor time
  • Writing
  • Bathroom breaks (yes, I had to remind myself that I needed them)
  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Yoga
  • Learning
  • Recording videos
  • Connecting with friends
  • Email

3. Household Needs and Space. If you’re like most people right now, you are sharing work space with your family. For this reason, it’s helpful to bring everyone together and find out what everyone needs to have a successful day. Some ideas around needs are: space, equipment, software, silence, etc.

For example, Yvette, my wife, is a video game producer. She is working in the basement, and needs to be able to step outside for walks throughout the day, while also getting beverages and food. Her work schedule is fairly established. So, I worked my routine around hers. This way, she doesn’t end up in a video inadvertently.

At the start of every day, and before saying “Yes” to any requests, I take a look at my top three objectives. The process has helped me greatly, and I hope it’s helpful to you too.

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Here’s to your greatness, 

Misti Burmeister

For nearly two decades, Misti Burmeister has empowered leaders with the confidence and tools to solve people problems, increasing productivity and engagement across generations. She is a best-selling author, TEDx Speaker, award-winning entrepreneur, and community advocate.