Wouldn’t it be nice if you could really put time in a bottle and bank it until you needed it? Wouldn’t it be even nicer if we didn’t need to bank time, but instead just simply got things done when we’re supposed to? We would be supa stahs! …royalty, even.
It might be a little unrealistic to think we can always be on point, on track, and on time…but, there are a few things we can do to get better control of how we spend our time. Take a page out of Prince William’s book and you’ll see what I mean.
1. Be elitist. When it comes to how you handle your time, pretend you’re the prince (or princess) and be selective, like how William chose Kate…not like how Prince Charles chose Diana AND Camilla. See, that’s where things get tricky. Picking too many things, even just one more thing, can some times get you in hot water…floundering and trying to recover. Not a good look. After all, you are royalty.
That said, if there’s ever a moment to be super selective, this is it. Pick ONE thing that you’re going to share your very important time with. So what if there’s a hundred things on your list. Pick one. Take care of that one for the day. On the next day, pick another one and be very selective about the one task that will get the benefit of your attention.
2. Be a complete elitist. Planning a wedding is exciting! Prince William and Kate must have a myriad of things on their plate but they started by tackling the first step – announcing their engagement…followed by engagement photos and picking a date. Prince Charles did all this, too, but he missed the mark on #1 the first time around so it just threw everything off.
Once you’ve picked your “one,” it’s time to get down to brass tacks. After taking a few minutes to write down the little steps needed to finish your one, you’ve got to start working on them. Complete the mini-tasks and you’ll complete your one. Do this before moving on to your next one. Other ones will vie for your attention, but resist the urge to work on them.
Are they worth turning your plan on it’s ear? You can certainly write them down but keep things simple – do not focus on them. Finish your number one first.
3. Be an inclusive, complete elitist. Remember those little steps that lead to you finishing your task? They have to get done, but who says you have to do them? When possible, include the little people in your life (a.k.a., your children) when you’re asking for help. There are likely to be a few big people who can help you, too. Let everyone – correction – those with the right skills – jump in on the action. That way, you can trust that they will get it done well and on time.
Prince William and his bride-to-be were on point here. For their engagement photos, they enlisted a photographer they worked with before (i.e., had the right skill set). Kate chose to do her own make up for the photo shoot (i.e., something she knew she could handle on her own), but there was a make up artist on hand to help with touch ups (i.e., back up, just in case). Her usual stylist did her hair (i.e., right skill set again). No doubt, they will have countless people helping them get ready for the big day.
You might not have days like Kate and William, but getting a handle on how you spend your time will make you feel accomplished and confident to take on whatever comes your way. So, go pick your one for today. Go try being royalty for bit. Go on. Off you go.