5 Tools For Planning - Tips to Combat "Killing" Time

Yesterday I put up this poster related to being a Time Waster...

Truth is I’ve been in that category for so long that it’s becoming down right embarrassing.  So now as I write, I can truly say that I’ve taken the steps to get out of that group.  

NOT GUILTY HERE!

As you plan to begin your next phase, here are some simple to-dos related to planning/not wasting time...

1.     GET A PLANNER

There are so many options out there from using Google Calendar or whatever email service you utilize to going the great ole paper and pen method.  I do a combination of both.  

I like the electronic for reminders, but my planner has all the detail.  The planner I selected has inspiration, places for all my notes, monthly goals, and to-dos. 

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2.     DOCUMENT EVERYTHING

I mean EVERYTHING!!! If you are a person that gets up to pray and meditate early, put that on your calendar.  Have a date with your spouse, write it down?  Why?  You need to see what you’re doing with your time and make yourself accountable for those things you have committed to.

In our spiritual lives, this is of essence.  Many of us say we can’t figure out where to get it in or we’re inconsistent.  Make it the FIRST part of your day.  You definitely want to start with Him…

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3.     DON’T OVER/DOUBLE BOOK

I stopped this just this year, but if I’ve committed to one thing, I make every attempt not to schedule something else.  Let me explain…if I have an event or gathering to attend, I try not to accept another.

First of all, having fun is awesome, but it takes a lot of energy.  When you’re rushed it brings on a form of stress which isn’t productive. The goal is quality over quantity.

“NO” is ok. 

 

4.     ADJUST

If your day isn’t going as planned, no worries.  Look and see what you can move to another day.  Everything on your daily list shouldn’t be a MUST. 

Hint: If you keep moving a thing, you might need to take it or something else off your plate.

 

5.     PLAN TO SLEEP

I’ve heard many studies on the amount of sleep adults require.  Some say they must have 8.  I recently heard on a CBS News segment that all adults should have between 7 & 8. 

A rested person is setting themselves up to be productive…

To my surprise, my IPhone has “Bedtime” under the clock function.  I have set it to the latest time I can go to sleep and get 7 hours of sleep.  It’s even set to the sweetest melody to wake me up.  Other devices have the same function such as Fitbit.  What I love about both is you can easily see your patterns.

Lack of sleep causes so many things, but we’ll discuss that in another post.

 

So is it safe to say we all have an additional occupation? 

We’re Planners!  I asked my Google Home the definition of Planner and she replied, “someone who plans”.  Sounds like us…

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
— Benjamin Franklin

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