We all have the same hours of the day, and it's easy to fill those hours with a whole lot something, or a whole lot of nothing. I stay home with my children while simultaneously juggling several professional projects, but I don't think I'm busier than anyone else. In fact, I have no desire to win the "busy contest." I have plenty to do. But I also spend a lot of time walking around in circles. Wait, what was I doing? Where was I going? There are lots of words to describe me, but "efficient" is not on top of the list.
So I decided to do one thing to help increase my efficiency. The goal: spend less time walking in circles!
Last Saturday, I took a moment to plan the dinner menu for the week. If this is something you already do, please resist the urge to laugh at me. Doing one simple thing reduced the time I spent shopping for food and walking around my kitchen, opening and shutting the freezer and pantry doors, trying to figure out what to make for dinner, contemplating what I was in the mood to eat.
So this week, I'm going to incorporate one more thing. I'm going to draw a protective wall around the few hours of quiet time I have. My son is in school two mornings a week and the baby usually naps. So I have about four quiet hours to move some of my professional projects forward.
During those times: no phone, no email, no twitterbooking. I can do those things when Blake is on my hip and Dillon is swinging from my limbs like a monkey.
Do you spend a lot of time walking in circles? What's one thing you do to create more time and space in your life?