Bert Webb writes about how productivity systems go by the way side the minute we start to become overwhelmed. So to keep our productivity up, we need to manage overwhelm. He has some ideas here:
Working Mother magazine has a great article on your to do list:
A few of the best suggestions:
Block of an hour or two for interupptions
Capture everything in one notebook
and review your committments regulary
TodayĂ‚Â was flying. I was running from one place to another. Picking up kids. Dropping off kids. Running into friends but just saying hi, not stopping to chat. I was focused on the next task to do. I was getting stressed and I felt like I was on high speed.
I didn’t have time for my quiet time this morning, and when I got home from running I knew I needed to sit before running onto the rest of my activities.
I opened “Notes to Myself” and read how the author, Ă‚Â Anne AldrichĂ‚Â was in the middle of moving and her mind was filled up with things to do. When a friend invited her on a ride through his farm she almost refused. But, went anyway.
Experiencing the joy of the momentĂ‚Â and feeling all her senses she wrote that it, “dissolved any remaining ideas that anything had to be done on this particular day, other than to be in the day as it was.”
I needed to read that today. I don’t want to miss a bit of this day, just how it is with the sunshine, and people and moments. I am picking up my daughter for the last time today. I think I will open the window on the way and chat with friends there. And when I am there, I will be there.
I was disappointed because I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped last week. I kept getting interrupted: extra time with my husband, a spur of the moment 1 1/2 hour lunch with an acquaintance I wanted to get to know better, visiting in-laws and family, etc. After I journaled about my disappointment I realized my week was great. Connecting is what is really important and I had an abundance of connections. I just have to keep getting reminded!
Are you so busy? Could you be avoiding something?
I have been reading a little bit at a time of Simple Days by Marlene A Schiwy. She is journaling on her experience with simplifying her life. I love reading how her thoughts bounce around as she tries to clarify what is important to her and what needs simplifying. I love what she wrote on April 22nd because I see this often:
“Perhaps, too, I suspect that nonstop professional activity can become a means of avoiding one’s own inner life, just as working long hours of voluntary overtime, according to a recent article in the New York Times has become a means of avoiding tensions at home. (Apparently the workplace has become “home” to many Americans, while dealing with dirty dishes, needy kids and messy emotions “has become work.”) Endless meetings can serve as one more item on the already overloaded list that demonstrates our importance, indeed, indispensability, to the world around us.”
Keeping busy is much easier than dealing with feelings and needs. That is why so many people run away from simplifying and taking control of their time. Who knows what they will find in the silence?
Today my focus was the question, “Will this bring me closer or further away from my goals?” I woke up on time instead of sleeping in as I remembered that question. I clicked off a messageboard to get to work. I ate a peach instead of a cookie. I turned off the TV. Along with other small changes throughout the day. I am moving towards my goals.
Today I am grateful for:
a compliment from Terry
a bike ride with the kids where we stopped to take pictures at things we liked
that Brea doesn’t need new frames, just new lenses
going out to lunch at this fantastic little restaurant here called Kadoolie’s with Brea while Jonathan was learning to weld
Insight from Simple Days
I agree. So many people I know are tired and worn out from doing it all instead of narrowing it down to doable actions. We need to make conscious choices on our time.
In David Allen’s books “Ready for Anything” he writes that if you want to figure out the future, then you have to figure out where you are now. You should know:
1. What are your current tasks?
2. What are your currect projects?
3. What are your current areas of responsibility?
4. How are your job and personal affairs going to be changing in the next year?
5. How are your organiziation, your career, and your personal life going to change in the next few years?
6. Why are you on the planet? What is your life purpose?