Posts Tagged ‘Time Management’

I’m half way into “The Happiness Project” and again, it’s like Gretchen Rubin was writing about me!

6 months in and Gretchen is writing about how she needs to “have more fun in her life”

Well, I’m not sure that I feel I need more fun, but I think it can never hurt anyone’s life to have as much FUN as possible!

The crazy thing that has me thinking of my clients and my co-workers is the following quote:

All this thinking about fun made me realize that I had to make time for it. Too often, I’d give up fun in order to work. I often felt so overwhelmed by tasks that I’d think, “The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list. I’d feel so much better if I could get something accomplished.”

Now here’s my thoughts and question for the week. Do you feel that if you could organize your time better and actually get a couple of things off your “to-do” list that you would enjoy the “fun” things even more?

Or do we follow Gretchen’s thoughts, that by taking time to do something that truly was “fun” for us, that in turn we would feel energized and ready to tackle “the List”?

But then again, does it even matter which way we lean? If we are taking the time to do something that is truly fun for us…before or after a task are we not accomplishing “more happiness”?

I also think the thing I need to truly address is what is actually FUN for me. There are many times during my life that I’ve done something or gone somewhere that I would have answered, Yeah it was fun.

But now more then ever I’m searching for those moments, activities and adventures that are truly “ME”. Something that brings me JOY. Makes me feel happy. These things aren’t necessarily what I would have thought of 10-5 or even 1 year ago. But I do think it’s important to re-evaluate your precious time and find something that is yours, something that may help bring the rest of your life into focus.

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Yes, That’s what I thought I had read.

Gretchen Rubin writes

“As I had found in January, when I started applying the “one minute Rule” and the “evening tidy-up” small efforts, made consistently, brought significant results. I felt more in control of my workload.”

This made a serious “slap in the face” moment for me. Having my own business and running it efficiently is something that is of the upmost importance to me. I too wanted to know where I could make changes to my workload. To streamline my efforts and have the results right there in my face.

Too often I find myself in the office well after hours and on weekends. My co-worker Rebecca believes it’s because like her, my brain doesn’t shut down. We get soooo excited about our clients and how we can help them that until we get our thoughts down and share with the “team” we don’t rest.

Just In Time Solutions has grown at amazing rate in the last 10 years. But, I think I can do even better.

Rubin states that she noted she was more productive during a 90 minute stent then a three hour long haul.

She accomplished more in a shorter time because she could focus on one maybe two issues – complete them and then was ready to take that 15 minute or 30 minute break before heading back in for round two!

Do you loose concentration after 90 minutes? Have you ever tracked your efforts and noted when you got the best results?

Mornings are always better for me. Without a doubt, I’m fresh and ready to go at 6 am and can definitely handle anything the world throws at me. But as the day wears on is my productivity decreasing?

Maybe I should be “happy” with the results I’m getting between 6-11am and call it a day!

Humph, now there’s a new concept! Dare you! Try it for a week or even three days. Track how your results change from working on a 90  minute schedule to “free-for-all”

Let’s hear what you have to say.

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