How much of your day is planned?
How much just happens by chance?
Is the balance right for you?
It was a Tuesday morning and I glanced at the tiny clock on the corner of my screen. Yikes, just after 10am and I felt like I had just started my day. Where had the last 2 hours disappeared to?
It was something like this. One of the kids was really slowly getting up in the morning. It was pretty stressful. When I finally got them all out, having made their lunches, got them to check their bags and dropped them all at their various places, I came home and slumped down at the kitchen table. It looked like a bomb had hit.
So, I got started. Cleared off the breakfast dishes, finished unpacking the dishwasher from yesterday; started packing it for today. I put away the cereals, hung out a load of washing and brought down the next load and put it on. While I was upstairs I did a quick round of bed tidying.
I made myself a cup of tea and a piece of toast and sat down at my desk.
That’s when the trouble started. I went straight to check my email. 90% of what I had received was not essential, not even particularly interesting, but it took me about 25 minutes to sort through. Then the trouble got much worse. I logged onto Facebook.
And, no big surprise, suddenly it was after 10am. Nothing productive had been done, nothing on my to-do list even considered, no progress whatsoever.
Now, I could tell you this was years ago, it doesn’t happen to me anymore. I could claim that this is the kind of thing that ‘could’ or ‘might’ happen if I’m not careful. But let’s be honest here okay?
I don’t know about you, but this happens to me far more often than I’m comfortable admitting.
The truth is, I don’t get tired from the stuff I choose to do to keep my kids and my house in order. That’s just the day to day necessities of living in a gorgeous, lively environment that I’m so blessed to have created.
But I get completely exhausted by the endless drivel that seems to magically appear in my email inbox and my various social media outlets. It’s not that it’s not interesting. Some of it is absolutely fascinating, but it’s a black hole. I swear, you go in promising that you’ll just check a few things, catch up with what’s happening and the next thing you know 2 hours have been swallowed.
What I’m realizing is that those two hours we never get back. And they are worth so much more than that. Just think, I could take a 2 hour walk on the beach in the morning. I’d achieve so much more than I do this way!
So, that’s it. I’ve decided to put my foot down. And by the way, I’d love if you would join me!
I’m making a pledge. I’m going to stick to my plan and up my productivity. I’m going to severely limit my time on social media and email inbox loitering. I’m going on a diet of better quality time on line and I’m going to take better breaks and more of them outdoors.
So, who’s going to join me? Let me know, leave a comment below!
You want to be more productive? You want to get more done and have more free time?
Create a plan, work the plan and get stuff done. It’s not rocket science and it makes all the difference. Let’s just do it!
Best wishes and best stories