May 17, 2016 – Issue 33
Photo: Hourglass (darrah.perryman) © www.flickr.com
Do you feel like there is never enough time in a day to get everything done? Are you feeling overwhelmed with everything you have to do on your plate? Do you feel like you are always on the go and are bombarded with so many things taking place in your life and/or requests made of you from work, home and other activities that you may be involved in? Over time, what will happen is, if you are unable to catch your breath, you will feel stressed and burnt out.
When was the last time you did some soul searching and performed a course correction by identifying things you could remove from your plate? It’s often not easy to do when there may be many people who are expecting you to be there to help out or are demanding of your time or its part of being a parent or caring for an elderly relative. However, it does takes organization and planning to ensure you don’t overload your activity plate otherwise you won’t get the results you are striving for within your life.
“Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.”
~Thomas P. Murphy
Therefore, if you haven’t done a progress path correction for a while or maybe never, you may want to start by scheduling time to sit down and reflect on where you are in your life both at work and home. You may need to involve others in this discussion.
- Identify if there is anything in which you are involved with that can either be removed from your plate or to at least reduce the amount of time you participate?
- Prioritize what definitely needs to be done and when.
- Examine your work and home environment that could be destructive and draining you of your energy and time that you can begin to eliminate such as:
- unnecessary expenses
- toxic relationships
- time wasting activities to include large number of hours watching TV, social media and playing games
- Determine 1-3 things (depending on the amount of work and time it will take to achieve them) in which you can complete weekly.
- Make sure to fulfill tasks towards your goals from your yearly Action Plan weekly.
- Each week update your To Do List.
- Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments.
“You must master your time rather than becoming a slave
to the constant flow of events and demands on your time.
And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace.”
Once you have reduced a few activities and commence getting items off your To Do List, your plate will begin to feel lighter and you will feel less frazzled.
Remember, TIME is a non-renewable resource, once it’s gone, it’s gone. We all start with the same amount of minutes / hours each day. Therefore, use it wisely with activities you want to be part of both at home and at work and with individuals of similar positive liked-minded thinking.