From time to time, we all feel a bit overwhelmed when there seems too little time to get things done. Beyond the “must do” chores like brushing your teeth and shopping for food, there are activities one would like to include in life: texting a friend, calling your mom, and reading a story to your child.
Then along comes a new task. Perhaps it is an extra project at work, or a committee meeting for the church or PTA. Maybe it is a bigger deal like buying a new car or a house. Obviously, something will be neglected or “fall off the truck.” But peace is precious, is it not?
Remember that the day is 24 hours only and no more. All we can really manage is ourselves, not time itself. There is much to learn about self-organizing. I will begin with these three tips:
#1: To become more productive, learn where you spend your time. First, take a look at the places where time may be wasted. How much time are you looking at email or texting? Chatting on the phone? Binge watching TV? You will be surprised how much time modern life extracts from just those activities alone, and you can take some of that time back.
#2: Set your priorities after some real, honest thought. Determine the difference between your wants, needs, and shoulds. The internal dialog "should" includes deciding what in your life is a "need" to do and what is a "nice" to do. The value one places on this debate is uniquely individual. Examining our motives often helps. Discerning priorities is an ongoing thought process. As life changes, so to does the challenge to spend our time wisely.
#3: Learn to delegate. Let go of things you aren’t good at or don’t like to do. These could be tasks that are tedious, small in scope, or time-consuming. Look for learning opportunities and teachable moments. Others can benefit from your organization! Then, choose the right person, explain why, give clear instructions, and check back on their progress occasionally. Lastly, remember to say thank you!
Unsurprisingly, there is still plenty to discuss on self-organizing. Stay tuned for more next time!