Three key actions that threaten time bandits and clutter are creating space, managing time, and rejuvenation. When you put the triple threat into action you begin to get organized and energized while enjoying each day. Below are tips on how to do all three daily in small simple steps. If up for a 21 day challenge pick up the complimentary Get Organized & Energized Triple Threat Challenge Chart at the author’s website to help stay on track. In the meantime, begin!
Create Space to Set Up a Home and Work Environment You Feel Great In
Choose one action daily from the list below to get on track to an awesome environment. Customize it to work for you. If there is an action that works well, repeat it. Feel free to increase the number of items or time settings. The smaller amounts are to help you begin and develop a habit.
Every Day Choose One Action to Take for Creating Space:
~ As fast as you can throw away or donate 10 items now.
~ Take 10 minutes to clear a small visible space- ex- shelf, desk top, counter top, paper or floor pile, etc.
~ Take 10 minutes to clear a small enclosed space- ex- drawer, cabinet, file, email inbox, etc.
~ Turn on the music. Have the family help pick up quickly for 15-20 minutes.
~ Tackle a larger space once a week- ex- a cabinet, closet, garage, etc. It is ok to begin with one section.
~ Organize a space so it is efficient, enjoyable, or whatever you want that area to be.
Be Intentional when Managing Time so Time Does Not Manage You
Choose one action daily from the list below. 24 hours is enough! Make choices that lead to more high quality moments. Consider repeating one action until it becomes habit, then incorporate another.
Every Day Choose One Action to Open Up Pockets of Time:
~ Establish priorities and planning tomorrow accordingly
~ Set deadlines on tasks that squander time away- ex- phone calls, e-mail, interruptions, etc.
~ Focus on completion of one task at a time for higher productivity and to build a history of completions
~ Establish a system that saves time and possibly money in the future- ex- to do’s out of head and into a system, prospect follow-up system, standardized letters (with personalization), welcome packages/ client files pre-prepared, maintenance schedule, run errands weekly, create checklists for supplies, travel, groceries, holidays, pet care, etc.
~ Block time and take action on the one thing that would make the greatest positive difference
~ Handle a toleration- ex- a repair, hiring a cleaning professional or assistant, etc.
~ Set a boundary- Know when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’- ex- Saying ‘no’ to lunch with people who drain you; Saying ‘yes’ to meeting with an uplifting, interesting associate.
Rejuvenation and Rewards are Critical for Peak Performance in Handling Time and Actions
Rejuvenate throughout the day before your mind and body lose their commitment. 10 minute breaks every 90 minutes is great! Consider a walk, nap, meditation, fresh air, a healthy snack or drink, a full night sleep, a day off, etc. Rejuvenate before falling into a state of unproductive exhaustion when your mind is done as your body struggles through the motions. Instead, rejuvenate! Save precious time.
Reward yourself for two reasons. First, you focus on completion instead of the task. And second, to enjoy every day. Produce a positive experience as you gain control of your environment and time while building a record of completions. As you progress enjoy more high quality moments doing what you love with who you care about in a space you feel great in!
Be open to adjust any action above or add your own. This is about you! What works for you? Each day take action in each triple threat area– to create space, manage time, and rejuvenate– in order to be organized and energized while making the most of today. To take on the 21 day challenge remember to pick up the complimentary Get Organized and Energized Triple Threat Challenge Chart at the author’s website. Let the organizing begin StartingNow!
Copyright 2009, Beth A. Tabak, All rights reserved.