CLUTTER….NOT ONLY AT HOME.
It’s not just a spot like China anymore….the world is getting busier and faster and, so is business. As a result, we have more of everything (whether we need it or not…) and it makes “clutter”. The bigger problem here is that this type of “distraction or clutter” can stop even the most creative business person in their tracks.
Of course, there is no ONE way to fix this challenge. There are all kinds of “distractions” in today’s world….let’s break some of them down:
HOW MANY KINDS OF HAIR GEL DO WE NEED? I was in Target today and the sheer number of brands and versions of everyday products just made me stand still.
TODAY’S IPHONES HAVE MORE POWER AND FEATURES THAN THE APOLLO HAD…..AND, IT WENT TO THE MOON! How long did it take you to set up your last new phone? The features are staggering AND, the updates seem to come in hourly.
IMs, DMs, TEXTS, EMAILS, PHONE CALLS AND SOCIAL MEDIA: It literally comes at you from all sides 24/7.
AND WHAT ABOUT GOOD OLD MEDIA CLUTTER? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t talk about the massive amount of information (on just about any topic) available any hour of any day…all.day.long.
So much to consume as we attempt to organize and stretch our days to get everything in…we all have the same 24 hours in a day, right? So, here are some actionable ideas to help keep your day on track and in a healthy frame.
KNOWING where your time goes is the number 1 thing to assess. There are SO many great apps you can download to track your time. Use any one of them for a week and then look at the “report” function to see where the largesse of your time is being spent.
A couple of Apps mentioned in Forbes are: Toggl and RescueTime. Tim Ferriss suggests “e.gg timer” which is free, easy to use and has “full screen” capabilities for convenience.
You could use one of the cute “cubes” that keep track of meeting times, etc. Or, have an office member give you a “signal” when time is running short.
SET a definite amount of time aside for each task. For example, if I need to blog, I might set aside 2 hours for research and writing. That way, your day doesn’t drain away with distraction or emails or whatever might crop up as you write.
CREATE a list for goals and projects. There are so many great ways to do this….I find that if I put more than about 5 or 6 items on this list….very little gets crossed off. Be sure to start with NUMBER 1 and do NOT move on until it is COMPLETED. I like to make this list at the end of each business day so I’m ready to go in the morning.
WAKE up with a plan. Nothing worse than wasting valuable time in the morning spinning around trying to prioritize. Again, write it down. If something arises after hours and it’s urgent. Add that to your existing list and make sure it gets done in the early hours of your work day!
DO the most difficult thing FIRST in the morning. Your fresh off a good night’s sleep and caffeinated……go with it! NO procrastination!
WHAT KINDS OF THINGS HAVE YOU DONE TO STREAMLINE YOUR WORKDAY HOURS? DO YOU HAVE A PRE-WORK ROUTINE THAT YOU USE EVERY DAY?
REDESIGN.RECONFIGURE. REST. RECHARGE. RE-FOCUS. and take time for yourself today!