Thursday, January 22, 2015

How Not To Fly By The Seat Of Your Pants

For the most part, I am a fly by the seat of your pants type of girl when it comes to my daily routine. I have this random, swirling list of things to do just floating around in my head. When one pops into my thoughts, I make a point to stop and take care it. Luckily, I have a phenomenal memory, however, there are a few items that slip through the cracks...


I am easily distracted 

When I was a young girl, I went to summer camp in Lizella. It was a Girl Scout camp called Camp Martha Johnston. One of the things that I think the camp did really well was schedule out our entire day- down to when I could break and brush my teeth. I actually got things done and was less anxious because I knew what was coming next.

Now, when I actually take the time to schedule out my day, I discover the same thing: I am much less anxious and able to accomplish more. However, those days are few and far between, because there is the whole distraction thing I have to deal with. You see, when you don't have kids, or a husband, and you happen to be your own boss - life becomes a buffet of options. I typically will choose the things I want to do, then when I can't put it off anymore, I do the things I have to do. Of course, I always get things done .... it is just that I could cause myself a lot less stress and anxiety if I actually had a schedule of sorts.

Earlier this week I joined a gym and Weight Watcher. Meals and exercise have to be scheduled in order to meet my goal - a goal I chose to set for myself. I want to get healthy, and I am so incredibly tired of chasing this goal half-ass. I made a point to commit to it, and I am doing wonderfully. I've exercised three nights in a row and I have stuck to the diet and in one week (and it is only Thursday,) I have already lost 3 pounds. The plan is working. Now how do I apply that to the other things I want to do?

For example, I bought the entire series of Rosetta Stone in French. I have always wanted to speak it fluently. Why have I not scheduled French lessons for myself? I have all of the tools. I have the time. 

I want to do more writing... for me.. not for pay. Why I have I not carved out a little time to pursue this?

I wanted to concentrate on my photography, I want to explore new recipes, and I want to include meditation and devotions into my daily routine. What is the hold up? 

The answer to that is me. 

I did a little search on how to better focus your time and here are some tips I plan to incorporate, and maybe you can too!

Tips For Scheduling Your Time

1. Make a list of things you need to accomplish. For the week - for the month - for the day. Make sure to prioritize your plan. 

2. Balance your effort.  Work on small portions every day that would like to see done by the end of the week, starting with the most important tasks first.

3. Find time for your hobbies by bringing them to work. Think about all of the breaks you take during a typical work day. Between coffee runs, your lunch break, and 5-10 minute productivity boosting work breaks, you probably have about two hours of time that you could more wisely. If your hobby is portable, bring it to work and devote 10-15 minutes of break time to it every day.

4. Find time for your hobbies by making them work double duty. There are only 24 hours in a day, so sometimes the best way to make time for your hobbies is to fit hobbies into activities you’re already committed to.

5. Finally, just put them on your calendar. Treat them as sacred time. Block out 1-2 times a week and reserve those times for your hobbies. Be strict about keeping to your commitment.

Wishing each of you the best of luck! It's only mid-late January, we can still tackle those goals!!

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