We at Camp OTR are getting ready for the Metropolitan Food, Libations, and Luxury Home Show (yes, there will be wine!) coming up this weekend at the Gaylord National Hotel. While we’re off getting organized, please enjoy (read: use) the following quick tips on how to get a better grip on your time.
1. Just Say NO!
…to the bright, shiny things that distract you. Even if they’re cute. And, especially if they’re fun. Put your dresser behind the door if you have to, or use a tech add-on (like RescueTime orLeechBlock) to keep a firm grip on your time. No e-mail, texting, or phone calls are allowed.
2. Just Say NO! Part Deux
…to the people who think you’re fabulous and ask you to sit on the board of that equally fab organization. Please graciously decline when you are asked to organize the summer outing for grades one through twenty. Smile, and say, “OMG, I wish I could, BUT…” or “Dude, I would do it BUT…” when you are asked to take on something you hate. This is especially crucial if you already have a jam-packed schedule.
3. Make a List
…of your top priorities – the stuff you have to get done that day – and then figure out how long each one will take. Get a calculator if you must and try to keep your top stuff to under 5 things. Oh, btw, do you remember how long it took you to finish last time? That might help you come up with realistic time frames for getting stuff done. So will using a timer.
4. Get Back Up
…in the form of another person, when possible. I did this last night and delegated a home show “to do” to the hubmeister (I did ask nicely). Not only did he say yes (thank goodness), but he got it done a lot more quickly than I would have. If I had done it myself, I would have pored over every minute detail until it was way beyond perfection. Instead, he knocked it out in 20 minutes. And, it was great! …and I was happy. Double yay! So, delegate a task that will suck your time (or one that you hate) to someone else who’s good at it (or loves it).
What do you do to keep that firm hold on your time?
This is something you’ve heard before: You CAN’T do it all. Really, you can’t. You can try, but it won’t work. If you say yes to everything, how can you possibly give everything your best? So, be careful what projects you decide to take on.
A few things to consider:
1. How much time you’ll need to devote to the project.
2. How much you’ll love/hate participating.
3. How much help you will have.
4. How much you’ll scream/not scream at the people you’ll be working with.
5. How much the new project will impact your primary duties.