It’s no secret that we are a culture that loves to keep ourselves busy. Maybe a little too much.
It’s an idea that is consistently stressed and pressed upon us, that if you’re not constantly hard at work, you’re not looking hard enough for work to be done. With the mentality of the busy bee permeating so much of our culture – the all-encompassing idea that we have to always, always, always be doing – it’s little wonder that we find ourselves afraid to stop for just five minutes to take a breath, lest we be labeled as “lazy” and “underachiever” by peers and coworkers.
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Accept it. Get over it. There will never be enough time in your day to accomplish everything you want to do. However, there are a few things you can do, to free up some of the limited time you do have, in order to get more done.
1. Identify and eliminate time wasters.
For me, that’s the Internet. I sit at a desk most of the day and a lot of what I do is Internet based. Yahoo! used to be my home page, and what’s on Yahoo? Primarily terrible news from around the world and celebrity gossip. I would turn on my browser to do something specific, and get lost in garbage, wasting valuable time. Now, my home page is Google. It was hard to get used to, but I’m no longer distracted by a bunch of useless information and I go straight to where I need to go.
What is your biggest time waster? Identify it and take steps to eliminate it.
2. Schedule your priorities.
Yes, this is simple. And yes, I shouldn’t have to tell you this. But not everyone does it! Do you schedule your workouts? What about scheduling time to read two chapters of a book? 15 minutes to practice the piano? 30 minutes to play with your kids? You have to schedule time in your life to get what’s important to you done.
3. Ask for help
This is a big one for me. I never ask for help. How many people do? Just last Friday I was trying to figure out how I was going to make it to my 5:00 a.m. workout, then my 6:00 a.m. women’s bible study, and then get myself and my kids ready to leave the house by 8:00 a.m. I figured one of those things was not going to happen. As I was telling my husband about my dilemma, he said, “Why don’t I get the kids ready? Friday can be the day I get the kids ready.” Ah ha moment! And, it’s not like he doesn’t always help, it’s just that I run around like a crazy person trying to do it all by myself. Ask the people in your life to help you. They will.
There you go. Three simple things you can do today, to re-adjust the time you’ve been given and get more of what’s important to you done!