November 15, 2016 – Issue 46
Photo: Stop Thinking, Start Doing! #dontoverthink (ash 1675) © www.flickr.com
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your everyday life? Do you feel like you don’t seem to have enough hours in a day? Are there projects or things you would like to be able to complete or get off your “To Do List” at home, in your business/work or in your personal life?
Do you feel like you are swapped with requests, being asked to help out, emails, tasks to do etc. It seems the more technology we have in our lives, the more of our time seems to be consumed with the computer, internet, social media, and reading and responding to email. How many times have you been on the internet and/or social media only to realize that 1, 2, or even 3 hours have gone by. You can never get those hours back and what did you accomplish during that time?
“The biggest and most common bad habit that people have at work is
allowing themselves to be distracted by the internet, email, cellphone,
social media, etcetera. This hinders productivity. Many places will block
‘time wasting’ sites, but that does not prevent people from using their phones.
~Dr. Frank Bevacqua
However, what if you could find a way to pocket time to get a pet project or something off your “To Do List”. Scrutinize your day. Are there things you don’t need to do but feel obligated to do or are there things you are doing which are sucking up your time such as: watching TV, on the internet, social media, playing games on your phone/computer which you are not being very productive or getting you anywhere.
Take note of where you could use your time more wisely. What if you made a few alterations in your life? Could you carve out 15 – 30 – 45 or even 60 minutes in a day to put towards working towards some project or a few things to get off your “To Do List”? If you found 45 minutes each day that would add up to five hours a week or even 60 minutes would equal seven hours a week. It doesn’t have to be all at the same time. You might find 30 minutes in the morning and 30 in the afternoon or evening. Just imagine using this time to work towards a pet project you dreamed of doing such as writing a book, cleaning out the basement/garage, or writing up some work/business document and knowing it could be completed in a timely manner.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
In one month, those seven hours a week would equal to 28 hours. In six months that would be 182 hours which equates to 7 ½ full days or in a year 364 hours to 15 days? There is no reason why you couldn’t complete that book or anything else you decide to tackle on your list with that time.
Therefore the next time you look at your “To Do List” and start to feel overwhelmed or you think you may not have the time to tackle a new project, examine how you could break it down into very small sections and see if you can complete something within a week / month / 3 – 6 – 9 or 12 months.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
~ Lao Tzu
It is not rocket science. We seem to forget that with some planning and taking action even if it means taking baby steps in what you wish to achieve and using technology wisely, you are more likely to be productive and efficient in getting things accomplished within your life. Why not start this week by just planning to find 15-30 minutes each day to tackle a few things that have been lingering on your “To Do List” and see what your end result(s) will be by the end of the week and month. You will also find that this will help to reduce the stress in your life, especially as we enter into the Christmas season.