Here’s what I need to do.
For a start, log off email rather than keep my mailbox open all day. This seemingly small action will achieve major time-savings because it means I won’t end up in random banter on chat – that could sidetrack me from what I am doing. Moreover, it is proven that email is one of the biggest time-wasters IF we are tempted to keep checking or responding to the constant stream that’s not going to stop. This means fixing specific time to check mail and to respond.
I also need to set a time-table, like I did when I was little and turn it into a routine. I will still work flexi-time, but I’ll rearrange certain things around the routine for better time-management, so that I get a good pocket of time to start and finish what I set out to do.
Another thing I’ll have to start doing is planning lunch and dinner in advance. I am making a kind of time-table to help me streamline this.
Mostly, it is about being conscious about not letting distractions take over.
When we set out to make a big difference in our lives, it is not really necessary to completely overhaul the routine. In fact, it works better if we make small changes – because its true what they say about little drops of water making the mighty ocean. Every little helps.
When we set out on an improvement challenge, there’s no need to tackle everything together. I’d say that it is not even realistic – and could be the formula for failure. The chances of seeing results are better when we focus on small things and achieve them on a daily basis – as this would certainly motivate us to take on bigger things.
Thus, even a ten per cent improvement goes a long way because it all adds up. And it is especially effective since it can make an overall positive difference in our lives.
Wish me luck. 🙂