If the truth is we can do anything we want, why does it often feel like
"There’s too much to do and not enough time"?
From personal experience I can relate, as my hands seem rather busy these days with new and ongoing projects, holidays, family, volunteer efforts, Toastmasters and planning for the future.
It’s been a busy yet productive spring so I am not complaining, yet I am noticing that as usual I too have to practice what I preach when it comes to selecting what to do, when to do it, when to let go and when to just say no.
My choices are not always what they should be, (shinny objects, or shall I say projects, sometimes get in the way), yet I am satisfied with the balance I have achieved and happy to find time to enjoy myself too. Particularly those times when I can weave around the town on my rollarblades!
Although the truth is that so many times we try to do too much. Fearful to say no to all the opportunities that present themselves. Afraid to miss out we can take on more than we can chew and then fail to take time to regroup, reassess and just plain cross a few things off our list.
How about you?
We have a choice...
Beat ourselves up for all the things we didn't get accomplished, despite how unrealistic our workloads may be. Or, make a choice to try and find balance and while staying focused on our dreams, excepting that we can’t do or be everything.
Tell us what did you get done this month that you feel good about?
What kinds of prioritizing have you had to do to make sure the important stuff was done?
And what rewards have you been giving or plan to give yourself for your successes?
Please share with us here so we can help inspire each other to do more of what is important to us, less of what is trivial, and enjoy more peace of mind knowing we are making better choices everyday!
Do you want to know what simple activity can consistently make someone better organized?
'The ability to make quick objective decisions'
To Decide or Not to Decide.
Learning to ‘make decisions’ on everything, as soon as it crosses your path, and dedicating time and energy to follow through on your choices, are two important aspects to staying organized.
Not being able to make decisions, and putting things ‘here for now’ is a challenge that plaques many, for various reasons. These reasons, or shall I say ‘Obstacles’ are mainly due to what I will call ‘technical error’.
Technical Error is not having a proper, easy to access ‘home’ for things. Then again, sometimes the 'obstacle' leading to this 'decision making challenge' can be related to fears or even perfectionism. Yet anyway we slice it, learning to make objective decisions about what we keep, where we keep it and whether or not we act on it is very important in my opinion.
So to help you and those you know make better choices about what to keep and what to do with it, here are some tools to share.
To help you make quick decisions I have a free copy of the '4 Decisions to Make with Tasks and Mail' for you on my site.
Then if you want to take a look at thinning out or eliminating any piles of business cards, magazines, brochures and over stuffed files you can find great 'Tips to Weed your Tasks and Paper' here.
And if letting go is hard, stay objective by asking yourself these questions about your stuff:
When it comes to Paper:
Is it a duplicate?
Is it current?
How often will I refer to it?
Can I get it elsewhere if I need it?
Do I have time to read it?
Do I want, or truly need this?
Is replication very difficult?
Does the law require I keep it?
When it comes to Clutter ask:
When was it last used?
Is there a specific date I will need this again in future?
How hard would it be to replace again if I needed it?
How does it make my life more purposeful or better?
Is it beautiful or loved?
Does it reflect the person I am now?
What is worst case scenario if I toss it?
Now, if you still struggle a bit with the questions above and/or still need a little help to decide where to put things, take a closer look at the information in my 2010 article The-top-questions-to-ask-yourself-about-your-stuff
Or consider taking advantage of my new 'Decide to Declutter Program' today.