We have another monthly installment of Clarity’s Care Corner, on this beautiful Friday, and I have to say that these were great reminders for me. I’ve been running around in a disorganized panic lately with my mind bouncing in three different directions, spending too much time in front of a screen at night before bed, juggling thoughts without recording them in a meaningful way, and the list goes on and on. This post from Claramae was exactly what I needed to read today!
Time will Tell
Time is our most precious commodity. Work, play and enjoy every day without burning yourself out. Everything today moves at lightning speed with more distractions than ever. To protect your time, learn to work more efficiently and to complete your planned tasks each day without trying to squeeze 25 hours into a 24 hour day. It is past time to save time. We cannot deal with today if yesterday is staring us in the face.
Benjamin Franklin said ” You may delay but time will not.” The more organized you are, the more efficient you will become. Carry a To-Do list and a pen or keep a running list in your phone to record reminders and new ideas as they occur. Without notes you will lose new ideas, and writing them down will free your mind of having to keep running lists going in your head during the day.
Maintain a clutter-free desk. Clutter impairs efficiency. The typical executive wastes six weeks a year searching for missing information. Drowning in it causes stress and illness.
Filter information selectively. Subscribe only to the publications needed. Reading the newspaper everyday or watching the evening news can be unproductive. Remember, more information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000.
Self care is very important. At breaks and lunch put the cell phone away, do nothing but eat or relax, perhaps go outside if possible and sit in the sun doing nothing. Getting stressed out with all the thoughts in our minds about what needs to be done often leads to sleep problems. Putting our minds to bed require us to take time to get ready for bed. Do not watch the news or anything stressful, suspenseful, or scary right before going to sleep.
You can solve most of your time related problems — not enough time, too much to do, deadlines too short — simply by increasing the productivity of the one source you can control: you!
Some tips to consider:
- Prioritize what needs to get done first based on urgency and importance:
- Important/Urgent (Top priority)
- Important/Non-urgent (Focus on long term plans this way)
- Unimportant/Non-urgent (Ironically , many people spend most of there time on these chores.)
- Delegate where you can.
- Work on a daily basis but do not burn yourself out.
- Break your day into segments that make sense to create a solid schedule for yourself.
- Tackle your hardest jobs when you have the most energy.
- Look for joy and satisfaction in what you are doing.
- Set ambitious goals. Make your goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART)
- Find your enery by eating right, drinking lots of fluids, exercising and getting enough sleep.
- Remember to breathe!