- Oliver Wendell Holmes
So, why this post? For a long time I've been complaining that I don't have enough time or I'm too busy...I think I've run out of excuses. Its time to get my shit together (GMST)...find balance, stop sweating the small stuff and work towards goals that will make our lives so much simpler. I am so guilty of being lazy when I have too much time on my hands, and then running around crazy when I have a deadline. In the world of Covey, I’m spending way too much time in quadrant 1 (important and urgent) and quadrant 4 (not important and not urgent)…time to shift the priorities, and its all about planning. (Yeah, I'm a time management nutter and like to read about it, but not actually act on it...see point 5 below.) Some things are beyond my control...but I can be responsible for the things within my control.
I wear a tonne of hats in my daily life, the most important being wife and mother. In addition, I work full time (almost…6 hrs per day), I run a small business from home, and hold a few positions on scrapbooking design team. In between this, there's time with hubby and kids, after school activities, house stuff, and trying to find some “me” time for the things I like to do. Usually, the busier you are, the more time you can make or find. I have days where I sit on the lounge and watch tv…love that down time. I have other days where I’m incredibly busy and exhausted by the time I flop into bed.
So, what can I do to help me meet the objectives of GMST?
- Learn to say NO
- I have to remind myself that its is okay to say no. I just have to trust my instincts when I'm asked to do something and have the confidence to decline. I really don't need to take on more than I am capable of doing and cause myself even more angst.
- Not that hard...its pretty bloody obvious. If my washing needs folding, and I'm watching tv, why not combine the two activities. Simple.
- Limit the amount of time I am "connected". We all suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)occasionally...sometimes I should just suffer from AMO (actually missing out) and move on. lol. The world of facebook, twitter, forums and blogs will still be there tomorrow.
- Diarise it, timetable it, make appointments with myself to get.it.done...allow for down time.
- Don't make it so rigid that I can't deviate from the routine.
- Waiting for the kids while they're having 1/2 hr swimming lessons...great time to check my emails or surf the web...otherwise I'm just sitting on my arse.
- Instead of bitching that I have loads of washing to do...put a load on...it only takes 5 minutes to get that machine loaded and switched on. Better yet, put the timer on before work so that its done by the time I get home.
- Talking at the kitchen bench? Wipe it down instead of standing there idle, or chop up some veges for future meals.
- Try not to get overwhelmed by the big list of "things" that need to happen.
- Remember how you eat an elephant...one bite at a time.
- Break down those really big shitty jobs into smaller tasks and prioritise them. Don't want to declutter the whole kitchen...do one drawer or cupboard at a time.
- Instead of opening, reading and putting it away to deal with later...just handle it once!
- Don't pile that paperwork up on the bench. File it, pass it on, act on it or bin it.
- Have you seen what's available?! Here's a few I've come across from The Organised Housewife, Life...Your Way, Planning with Kids...there are loads more to discover...share away peeps...we all need help.
- Stop making excuses that they are just kids. They can help too...even if its just making them responsible for their things, setting the table, or matching socks.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
- Reinhold Niebuhr
Thanks for popping by.