Accountable in Action knows that many of our readers are either in the midst of finals week or have just finished them. Insert “holiday shopping” instead of “finals week” and that might apply to those of you who are not in school. The point being, most of us are knee deep in one of the busiest times of the year. Can you breathe?
The whole point of this entry today is to make sure you are, in fact, breathing. The silver lining of the holidays being right around the corner is that many of us have a little less programmed time in our schedules. Though our days off may be full of family and libations, there might just be a little more time to squeeze in a plan for doing what you truly want to do.
What’s on your “to do” list? What do you really want to do but haven’t “had the time” to do? Perhaps it’s starting and maintaining a blog, or maybe it’s taking a language class, or maybe it’s finally learning how to perfect your golf swing. Regardless… how are you supposed to find time to do the things you really want to do when you can’t even find time to do the things you need to do?
The truth is, we all have the same amount of time… some of us just manage it a little better than others. Instead of complaining about how time is running away from you, reclaim it! Reign it back in like one of Santa’s Reindeer and take control. Here are some suggestions that might help you put things in perspective.
1. Identify what wastes your time. Be honest with yourself… is Facebook really as beneficial as you think it is? We get sucked into the black hole of the internet or the television regularly. Set a rule for yourself: if the time you’re spending on things like the internet or television is not beneficial to you in a greater capacity, get rid of that practice.
2. Revisit your routine. Is there a better way of doing things? Sometimes we get stuck in the moment and think there is no better way. Identifying shortcomings in your routine may help you find more space for the things that are truly beneficial.
3. Eat that frog. Brian Tracy wrote a very helpful book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, and likens big projects to ugly, intimidating frogs sitting on our desks. By identifying how and when you procrastinate, and by eating the biggest, meanest, ugliest frog first, you can stop it from looking at you and potentially throwing bumps in your day.
4. Be patient with yourself. Making a schedule that truly works for you takes time. Some may say it’s unrealistic, but we know you can make it a reality. When something doesn’t work well, try again. Keep your well-being in mind.
There are million different things you could be doing with your day. Taking a small amount of time to decide how you want to go about doing them could be beneficial. On that note… AinA realizes that you’re a busy person, and we want to thank you for making reading this blog part of your day. Keep inspiring progress!