Imagine being a super organised, always tidy, on time, decluttered and highly productive YOU. Pardon? You already are ? Okay, see you later. You can stop reading now. If however you’re like the rest of us (okay, me) perhaps you could do with a bit of Me Management.
I Like To Be Organised (at least in theory)
Maybe my clothes closet doesn’t reflect it, perhaps neither does the pile of papers and books that adorn my coffee table, however I will say it anyway. I like to be organised. In particularly I like to organise my time and how I spend it. Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by unfinished tasks and jobs just interferes with my whole happiness and peace of mind thing, which can then often be a trigger to another useless and unproductive pastime – overeating!
Contrary to the popular ‘time management’ idea however (which is something of a myth in my opinion), I prefer to use the ‘managing yourself’ approach. The way I see it, you may not be able to change the number of hours in a day, but changing yourself is something you can do. So here dear friends, is a few simple suggestions for you today to help you avoid rushing and stressing through your day.
1) Write things down. Keep a small notebook close handy to write down any appointments, ideas, things to do that come to mind. This way you won’t have to remember them later.
2) Don’t waste your ‘waiting time’. Use time waiting in doctor’s rooms, at kids music lessons or even while your dinner is cooking, to tidy up, catch up on reading or planning.
3) Don’t procrastinate! Putting things off till later is never a good idea. It’ll only lead to greater frustration when more time passes and you still haven’t got the job done.
4) Delegate often. You don’t have to do it all yourself! If family members or colleagues complain about ‘being bored’ (and they do) let them know how they can contribute and help you out. And don’t forget to thank them, so they are willing and happy to continue being part of the team. Teamwork makes the dream work.
5) Outsource! Another time saver for the super busy person is outsourcing things that are not ‘essentially you’ tasks. By this I mean, if you are a highly creative person, but you can’t stand the technical or mechanical side of presenting your creative projects, then find someone who loves it! They’ll probably be a lot better at it than you and get the job done quicker, leaving you more time for furthering your creativity. This can also apply to domestic tasks like gardening, mowing or even the ironing!
6) Schedule some time for fun and relaxation. Relaxed, happy people are highly productive people, as opposed to the burnt out, over taxed work-a-holic who will one day be forced to stop. Your health, wellbeing and longevity really are the most important goals to strive for. The rest can stay in your in tray, till you’re ready to get them. If you’re making a ‘to be left undone’ list, please don’t put your happiness and health on that list.
Just for a bit of fun, I thought I’d also share with you my own to do list for the week.
Okay so I’ve left a few very important and secret items off (don’t want to give away too much about myself, do I?) but otherwise here is my partially incomplete list of things to do this week. I might share the very important and secret items, next time. Maybe 🙂
1) Learn more about blogging (stop laughing, there’s a lot to know!)
2) Jog/brisk walk 3 -5 kms every second day
3) Weight Train (no, that is not a mode of rail transport – it’s called the gym)
4) Volunteer my time at my children’s school
5) Remember to ring/email/post/ comment/reply/ tweet a dozen or so people about things we’ve talked about. The conversation is always flowing…..
7) Send love to all my readers.
9) That’s enough love now…don’t be greedy.
10) Oh, okay then…here’s some hugs (((((( ))))))
11) Lunch with friends ( just one day)
12) Buy sunflower seeds at health food store, before it closes down.
13) Start eating sunflower seeds as snacks instead of crackers.
14) Cook and prepare 10 packed lunches (for 2 kids), 12 breakfasts (2 adults/ 2 kids) and 12 dinners
15) Renew driver’s licence
16) Write daily (about 500 words)
17) Stretch daily, to counter the DOM’s (Delayed Onset Muscle Fatigue) (I know, why don’t they just be honest and call it MBHLH: My Body Hurts Like Heck
18) Hugs the kids often
19) Stop making lists
20) Get back to real blogging
I think I may just have committed one of the seven deadly sins of blogging, by boring the pants off you…..sorry about that, but as ‘The List’ says, I’ll get back to real blogging soon.
Hope you all have a happy and organised day and don’t forget that happiness and peace of mind are reliable allies against overeating!!
PS Part 2 of the weekend’s post called Weight Loss and Society: Who Has A Vested Interest In Your Progress? is coming soon. I PROMISE. It is partially written already…..