“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date, no time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late I’m late I’m late”
As you may be aware, I am a day late at posting my weekly blog. Some of you may have thought I’d given up on this week for one reason or another and that the next blog wouldn’t arrive until next week. HOWEVER, here we are, one day ‘late’ and I have posted a blog for you to read during your lunch break.
This brings me to my second quote…
“A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to”
Not that I am likening myself to a wizard… but maybe I was meant to be ‘late’ with my blog post this week… maybe…
All to often we punish ourselves for not sticking to times, or stress out when we feel we don’t have enough time to fit everything in. The funny thing about this is, time is limitless. Yes the notion of the Sun casting light over half of the world, whilst the other is engulfed in darkness, as the earth moves around the Sun exists regardless of what we call it; but time is something we have formulated through studying the sun, the moon, the starts, the earths axis etc so we can monitor life…it exists without us and without our concept of it… but our concept of it is our own.
Humans are creatures of habits that like to be in control; hence why we label so much – including days, weeks months, years, minutes, hours, seconds.
So even though time exists outside of our control, it is a concept that we have formulated to stay in control…. yet we allow our ‘lack of time’ to control us…. it’s all pretty confusing really. (Humans also like to complicate things)
So answer these questions:
Do you feel like you never have enough time?
Do you always seem to be late?
Do you get stressed when having to organise your time?
Your time is yours. Stop punishing yourself for not living by someone else’s calendar.
Learn to organise your time in a way that best suits you. Prioritise the things most important to you and then don’t fret about the rest… even if others are putting pressure on you.
Most people have made, or make regular, to-do lists. (I’d be very surprised if you’ve never made even one in your life.)
What I suggest is creating your to-do list with all the things that need to be done; from applying to that new job to doing your washing, booking onto that class to having a coffee date with a friend, getting to the gym to catching up on the latest series of The Walking Dead.
Just make a list. Write it all down.
Now rather than getting stressed about how many things you have on your to-do list; select 5, and only 5, to move onto a Must-do list.
Your Must-do list should never be longer than 5 actions and it should be prioritised from 1-5 from the most urgent to the least.
For instance, if you have a deadline at work that is fast approaching you should scale that as a higher priority than say if your partners birthday is next month and you haven’t got them a present yet. Or, if you are literally down to your last pair of knickers, doing the washing should be at number 1 compared with going shopping for a new outfit for an event thats not coming up for another week or so.
Once you have created your must-do list tick everything off before moving anything else over from your to-do list. Then repeat….
Choose 5; only 5. Prioritise them 1-5 and then start to tick them off.
This will allow you to separate yourself from the long list of things you need to do and learn to prioritise your time better. In turn you should feel less stressed and more in control of how you are spending your time.
One little extra thing…
Always have the number one on your list as your daily goal and see ticking any others off as extra productivity.
The moment you start to bombard yourself with an overload of tasks and goals you feel suffocated and the stress ensues. Instead allow yourself to nail one thing every day.
I.E. Monday – Gym, Tuesday – Finish work Report, Wednesday – Shave legs …. etc
Focus on getting that one thing done that day and see anything else you tick off as an additional bonus. By doing this you will be in control and should congratulate yourself for smashing the goal for the day rather than feeling like you’ve failed for not completing your list.
Don’t put pressure on yourself. Learn to organise your time (fill out your calendar with when you are going to do what). And prioritise which tasks need to be done sooner rather than later and don’t stress about the rest of the list as they are not yet a priority.
Remember time is yours. Use it how you want to. You’re the one in control.
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