How to Get Back on Track

  1. When you get off track, it may be hard to get your whole project back in the place that you want it to be.  So getting yourself back on the right track can be difficult.
  2. Start by taking stock of what you still have to do for your project.  This can be a list, a chart, or a set of sticky notes with tasks on them.
  3. Order the tasks by what you have to get done first.  Make sure that you’re focusing on what has to be done.  Don’t get caught up in all the extra things that you can do.  Focus on what you have to do.
  4. Understand that your day is limited.  You only have so many hours that you can use and there’s time that you have to spend eating and sleeping and a little bit of time on your own.
  5. Then start tackling things.  Focus on one task at a time.  Don’t get bogged down by all the different activities that you might think you need to be doing.  Focus on the tasks at your list.  Get them done one by one.
  6. Take a break.  Even if you’re behind or need to get to a certain point, you don’t need to stress yourself out unnecessarily.  You should really find a way to take five or ten minutes off every hour or two.  Let your brain rest a little bit so that you can tackle the tasks again with a little bit of a fresh mind.
  7. Getting off track is typically a bad thing, but it can also be a chance for you to reorient yourself and find new priorities.  Take advantage of this opportunity.  Make sure that you’re focused on what absolutely needs to be done and not what you want to do.  While your wants are important, you have to address the needs first.