As a high-achieving, highly motivated, and highly successful woman in this world, not to mention an introvert coach, it seems absolutely absurd that the little tasks don’t always get done. Let alone, big projects that we either stop midway through without finishing or never start because we know they are going to be huge and something else always seems more important. I guess it’s Spring and moving into Summer that is making me think about all of this, but I don’t think I’m alone here.
Spring Cleaning for HSPs
I’ve heard from so many highly sensitive, introverted women that even though we get plenty done every day, week, month, quarter, year, etc. it can still feel like certain things just aren’t happening. For example, I have a friend who keeps a running list of things to complete for the home or for the family on a dry-erase board in the kitchen. The idea is that these tasks would be completed that week. It’s a small section on the dry-erase calendar, and it’s certainly not everything she needs to do. But, the things that get written there really need to happen and aren’t as simple as “just do it.”
Now, the same friend has a whole system for professional to-do items big and small, but for whatever reason these personal to-do items just feel too daunting. Sometimes, the item can be done pretty quickly. This gives her a nice sense of accomplishment to check it off or erase it. Other times, she’s already known that these tasks have been weighing on her differently. But, she just hasn’t been able to make it happen. So, they get written down!
Every single morning when she’s making her coffee, getting snacks for the kids, washing dishes, and washing her hands, those tasks get seen. This is her way of trying to motivate herself to do the things that need to be done. She acknowledges that they need to get done. There’s no secret there. But, for whatever reason, she has found she needs to do some extra work to try to make them happen.
Now, I’m not saying this works perfectly for her. At the last update, there was a task that she’s been neglecting all year that still hasn’t happened (sorry girl, but it’s true!), but it makes me think of other ways we as sensitive introverted women might try to convince ourselves to do the things we know we need to do.
How do you get stuff done as a highly sensitive, introverted woman?
What are your tricks? Your tips for getting stuff done. If you don’t have those yet, what are the things that you find yourself often trying to avoid or put off the most? We all have them. And, I think especially as introverts, we might try to avoid talking about them. Then, we end up in a shame spiral where because we haven’t talked about them, we’re not acknowledging the fact that this isn’t a unique or solitary experience. So, instead of just doing the things that we know we need to do, we end up getting caught up in guilt and shame, and quite frankly, it’s just not productive for anyone.
Tips for HSPs to Stay Productive
As an HSP woman, it can be challenging to stay motivated and productive throughout the day. However, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your time. First, it’s essential to prioritize your to-do list and focus on the most critical tasks first. This will help you stay on track and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, taking breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and stay focused. Finally, remember to be kind to yourself and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. With these tips, you’ll be able to tackle your day with confidence and ease.
What are you avoiding? Connect with an HSP, introvert coach.
So, is it Spring cleaning? Organizing your kids’ school paperwork? Do you struggle with returning phone calls? That could be a whole post itself…introverts avoiding correspondence. Do you struggle with paying your bills on time? Organizing your own papers (forget the kids’ papers, what about yours?) Did you recently move and still have a whole box of office supplies that stare at you when you sit down at your desk to write? What are the things that trip you up and hold you back from completing your tasks? I would love to hear from you in the comments. Or, if you’d like to connect separately, please contact me! Connect on social media, share ideas on Pinterest, whatever works for you. I’d love to hear what you personally struggle with and what helps you mitigate those struggles.
Until next time,