It is not the beauty of a building you should look at;
it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
~David Allan Coe
What is that one thing you want?
You’ve been thinking about it forever, but you just haven’t been able to make it happen yet. You know the one: that one thing.
We have a habit as humans of making our lives much more complicated than they need to be. This is because we often forget about the foundation on which we lay our plans, desires, and actions. It’s like a tree with no roots, or a house without proper measurement. Without the proper tools and the right foundation, even the tallest building with the best material will crumble and fall eventually.
In this series, the four pillars of commitment, I’ll be giving you effective strategies that will help you set the right foundation for your goals to help you with long term commitment. (To see the previous article, go to April’s issue).
This month, we’ll be talking about second pillar of commitment: the power of scheduling.
Time is a funny concept. Though we have a means of adequately and effectively measuring it, time management is a much different concept all together, and is an issue for most people. The average person is convinced that they do not have enough time (“If only there were more hours in the day!”) and they go over the list of things they need to do in their day over and over, sometimes preventing them from adequate sleep or the ability to enjoy time with family. (“I should be at the office, that proposal needs to get done!”) They stress and worry, only to be less productive and less effective with their coworkers.
So the question is, how do we use our time more wisely and get things done?
Well first, let’s look at time itself. Time is perceptual, not concrete. Time is not set in stone. Time is faster or slower for someone based on how they treat their time. If treated the right way, we can extend the amount we get done with our time. You will also learn to respect your time and be present in the process of your tasks throughout the day. So what’s a concrete way we can do this?
If you talk to anyone who is a leader in their industry, they will tell you how important scheduling is. Having a planner with scheduled events is key to productivity. By having everything written down, it clears the mind and allows you to focus on the one task you are accomplishing.
Here is an easy guide to start your habit of scheduling.
- Purchase a planner at your local office story, or better yet, start using Google Calendars which is free, accessible, and user friendly.
- Make a list of all of the tasks you need to complete for the week. Everything that comes off the top of your head, scribble down and get it out.
- Write in your planner all events that are fixed in your life. I.e. your child’s soccer game, meetings you are required to attend, and work.
- Now, take the previous list you made with all the things you need to do and place them in your schedule in the times between your fixed obligations throughout the day. Don’t forget to plan those events that are “you time”. Maybe you want to take a nice hot bath one night or go hiking on that trail you’ve been meaning to hike forever. This should include tasks in all areas of life.
By scheduling our days, we become more focused on what we value and are much more effective in the long run.
Stay tuned for July’s issue where we’ll be discussing the third pillar of commitment: the power of decisiveness.
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