`I know I am at my best, when I`m feeling organized.`
We are back ` Sue West and Carol Williams, as the DESIGN YOUR DAYS DUO. Today we`re going to focus on WHAT ` What gets in your way when you are designing your days?
We`ve chosen two of the most common themes we hear and offer strategies for effectively addressing those in our usual 5 to 8 minutes on the audio podcast.WHAT gets in your way
Or you can read the full podcast below.
`I don`t know how to prioritize. It ALL seems important.`
If this sounds like you, Sue has three key questions for you to answer and design your own solution:
1. You need one place to put everything, so that you have an accurate picture of everything you need to do, BEFORE you set priorities. How well is your `capture` tool ` paper or technology – working for you?
2. How often are you looking at your list? Should be morning and end of day, plus if something big changes during the day ` not an email hijacking your priorities, but a bona fide reason to change priorities set earlier in the day.
3. What makes something a priority in your world? This you may have to notice for yourself as you sit to review your list tomorrow. For example, today, my highest priority items went like this: scheduling several client meetings, talking to a prospective client for awhile, answering a few questions about my Board work, interruption by the new person who will be doing the plowing at my house, writing my mother with info I`d promised because she only has email two days a week, and writing this podcast, because we both wanted a day or two to review and practice. So, my priorities were based on: client relationships, future client potential, response time standards I have for Board emails, the knock at the door by Mike, my mother`s constraint of the two days, and a deadline Carol and I decided on. See it`s not just money and deadlines; it`s more complex, and quite unique to each of us and what`s going on in our world.
Sometimes we hear about how `holidays` get in our way. We hear something like, `If it weren`t for all the `extra` of the season, I`d be more organized`. The solution lies in learning from those experiences.
Since we are now past the holiday season, it`s still fresh in our minds. What could we have done differently to ease the stress a bit, as we look back? Record this in your new calendar for 2014 in a place where you will see it at the end of October. That`s right, start planning right around Halloween for what`s to come.
When you make the time to reduce, eliminate, or delegate some of the tasks associated with the holidays, while embracing the traditions you hold dear and allowing time for those, the season will be much more joyful and you will emerge on January 1 feeling ready for the new year.
For example, I (Carol) have a client who has recently downsized her belongings. Many of the family`s belongings related to `annual` decorations are kept in a storage facility. She recently recounted a meltdown that she had in December when finding that she had 8 bins of holiday `stuff` to find a place for.
Much of it was given to her by a well-meaning relative. Her husband gently suggested that they choose only 2 bins and leave the other 6 in storage, at least for this year. They decorated together that night, and delighted their children in the morning. The message here is `How Much Stuff Is Enough?` Are your memories weighing you down? If so, find ways to let them go and get the extra weight OUT OF YOUR WAY.
If these real-life client challenges struck a chord with you, we know you`ll get much more benefit from our Design Your Days workshop:
Friday Jan 31 at 9 a.m. at the Center of Health Promotion in Concord, New Hampshire. Register here
Or you can check our F page, Design Your Days, which has the signup link too.
Can`t make it? We will be in Peterborough, New Hampshire in March, hosted by the Academy of Design & Decorating.