I always find it very easy to see where other people are going wrong… or right… with time management skills, especially my kids :0)
So this morning it was quite easy to make an observation, especially since it isn’t the first time, in fact, it’s a regular thing.
My daughter begged and pleaded for her own small dog for years, so against my better judgement (why don’t I listen!) when one became available, I caved.
The dog has been a huge load (in more ways than one!) so one of her jobs is to take her out in the morning. Every morning, I tell her do it first, or the dog barks and goes on her paper in her crate, which for some reason is beside MY bed, and gets her bedding messed up, which “I” end up washing.
So today she again left it until later in the morning. By the time she was finished, she had to come in and rush to eat her breakfast, and the dog didn’t go anyway, because she already went!
I find that if I can choose a room or floor to concentrate on each week, it really helps to keep me focused and motivated when I have a spare minute to do a thing or two, or gives me a place to focus concentrated effort on for larger chunks of time.
Focused, consistant chunks of time = progress and completion.
And that = happy mom and family!
So, especially being Easter weekend, in some ways it will be busier, but some of you may have a little extra time, is there a room, area or floor of your house that you would like to “make a project” this week.
My husband came home on Friday and we where all sitting around watching a movie.
He got the munchies and said that there would be something “mysterious” ready in 15 minutes.
15 minutes later he comes down with home made oatmeal/chocolate cookies for us all - it was one big cookie cut into 4.
I’m eating my cookie marvelling at his obvious talent to whip up a batch of REALLY GOOD oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies in about 10 minutes minus cooking time. And thinking, if he can do it, why can’t I do that?
It was so good, and I was so amazed, I had to ask.
What recipe did you use? I was just waiting for him to say that he made it up in his head, he’s like that. (the results vary!)
I think that if there is one thing that I could point to as the main component of success, it would be to find your focus and do it consistantly. I guess that’s two!
It doesn’t mean that you need to focus on the same thing all day long, you can have various focus points in various areas, but you need to make sure that there aren’t too many, or you won’t be able to devote a consistant time period to them, often enough to see results.
For instance, I have my daily housecleaning circuit that I use to create focus and consistancy in my house, it is the only thing that works for me to keep it presentable.
I have just started using the same concept on my business (finally!) It has enabled me to keep my inbox under control and to stay current on all 3 of my blogs.
We spent some time over the March break getting things in order around here.
Decluttering - a seemingly never ending job - putting things away etc.
When we where finished, I found myself with a sense of peace over the following days, the mere act of walking in a room was calming and just made me feel good.
It occured to me that I needed to take notice of this feeling, absorb it and be sure to notice it, and my surroundings if I wanted to stay motivated to keep it that way.
All too often things get really nice, only to fall back after a busy spell, a time of illness or any number of road blocks. But if we can fully ingrain the good stuff, feel it so fully that it feels off every time we waver away from it, we will find ourselves doing what it takes, taking that extra step, even when we don’t feel like it, to keep things at the “new normal”. It becomes far too precious to us to loose.