I don’t know about you but I feel busier than ever. My family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers also seem to be in a great rush.
With all the pressure to GET THINGS DONE, I am often distracted, preoccupied, and worried. I start projects but do not finish them. I spend way too much time worrying rather than organizing and planning for the future. And my payoff for all of this stress is poor time management and a shortage of “me” time.
The following are some simple things that you can do to reverse the causes of disorganization and achieve a more organized life:
Worry less, set goals. A goal is more than a statement of something you would like to achieve. A goal is a plan that provides the framework of what and how you will achieve your vision. Behavioral goals are how-tos that help you reach your outcome goals. Outcome goals are aimed specifically at achieving a result.
Having a clear picture of your desired future will provide direction and pave a clear path to success.
- Establish a clear vision
- Create short-term (three-month) and long-term (yearly) goals
- Identify obstacles and strategies
- Define your motivation
- Set smaller, weekly goals
SMART goals: Specific and small, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, and Time-oriented
Examples: Your outcome goal is to be in better health. Your behavorial goals are to exercise more, eat better, and avoid stress so that you achieve your goal of better health. Your outcome goal is to save more money. Your behavioral goals are to reduce expenses and spend less money.
Organize and plan ahead. You may find more “you” time if you are more organized and plan ahead. Use whatever you can to keep your organized. Think about the next day and what you need to do today in order to make tomorrow easier and more successful.
- Use technology. Schedule important dates and times on your calendar, set email reminders, utilize planning websites. Use financial programs for organizing your bills and monitoring spending.
- Purchase an organizer. Note pads, boxes, folders, shelves, calendars, planners, etc. will help you get and stay organized.
- Make lists and stick to them.
- Carry your “to-do” list with you.
Manage your time effectively. We misuse time when:
- Our goals and objectives are unclear,
- We are uncertain about our priorities,
- We are tired or have low energy,
- Misuse down time,
- Have a perectionist mentality, or
- Cannot say “no.”
To better manage your time:
- Establish priorities. List your priorities in order of importance.
- Use the 80-20 rule: spend the most time on what’s most important
- Avoid perfectionism. Do the best you can, given the circumstances. Set goals that are realistic and achievable.
- Put off procrastination.
- Work on challenging tasks first. Tackle your hardest or most time consuming objective/task first. Do not leave it for the end of the day or the end of the week.
- Do not spread yourself too thin. Learn to say “no” to your unrealistic expectations and to the unnecessary requests or obligations of others. Learn to set healthy boundaries.
- Build flexibility into your schedule.
- Be prepared for delays and use delays to your advantage. Bring work or reading material to appointments so that you will have something to do if people you are meeting with are delayed.
- Get up earlier. An extra hour every day for a year is the equivalent of nine (9) weeks.
- Delegate. Be willing to give up some control to others.
Make time for you. Find ways to recapture energy, practice stress-relieving activities, exercise, socialize, and enjoy your life.
- Balance activities that require energy with time to renew energy.
- Build rituals into your day that renew your energy
- At home — list to soothing music, read, or soak in the tub
- Work — take mini breaks every 60 to 90 minutes
- Leisure — exercise, garden, dance, take walks
- Do not over-book yourself.
- Schedule time for leisure activities such as exercise, a night out with friends, or vacations/weekend getaways
- Prepare ahead of time for leisure
- pack a gym bag and keep it in your car
- email friends/make reservations
- schedule time off from work
What to do today to get moving toward your more organized life:
- Achieve at least one major objective each day
- Set time limits for each task
- Eliminate one time-wasting or unimportant activity this week
- Build “you” time into each day
- Apply one time-saving tip you today
Now, get to it . . .
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