Having worked in a LEAN manufacturing plant, surrounded by process engineers and close to the corporate head office; I learnt a shitload about efficiency, time management and how to make it work best for me.
Firstly, identify your strengths and possible weaknesses by keeping a journal for a week or more. Keep track of what you spend your time on.
At the end of the week, have a look and figure out what happened, why it happened and what you would like to see in the future as you work towards a vision.
Do you lose focus at certain times of the day or on certain tasks?
Is there a way to better manage this? It may be a scheduling/planning issue.
Are you spending more time on certain things than you wish to?
What is it you wish to do more of? Check back to your vision and goals.
What’s important to you?
Remember to leave a little wiggle room because life happens and that means traffic, queues, delays, glitches, unexpected conversations, messes, tantrums, etc. Also, make time for down time, self care, eating, sleeping etc. I don’t want you to be rushing anything so that you can be the “most efficient”... that leads to accidents.
As you look at your upcoming week, assess what’s on, what the permanent fixtures are. This might be a good time to develop your weekly goals. Slot those weekly goals into your week plan. Urgent or important tasks, write them down too. Any other non-urgent tasks, pencil those in so you don’t forget them. It’s important to not tie yourself to this plan. And not to set your daily task list so that it’s unrealistically long and unattainable. We don’t want this to create extra pressure in your life, at all. This serves merely as a reminder and it helps you to see that these things are possible.
Taking baby steps towards a vision or a larger goal is how we chip away at it. When we have a large goal or vision, it’s easy to put it off because that mountain seems too high, too steep, too large. And yet we long to reach the top. It starts with one step. Then a second step. Pretty soon you’re halfway there. As you take each step, you feel a little more confident, even though it can be a bit scary. But if you look back and see how far you’ve come, you’ll celebrate those little victories. You will have grown by stepping up and out of your comfort zone. I want you to be proud of every step you take, not just when you reach the top. The other thing that can happen is that we move our own goal posts. (Sorry about all the random metaphors) You may decide to go a different direction, or continue higher, and that’s okay. Don’t attach yourself too much to the method either.
So darling, just start. Get clear, find your motivation and take action. You can do this.
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