Because of this “race” mentality, we often fill our schedules with two or more things to be done in the same time slot, thinking surely, we can juggle the activities successfully and even more so, effectively. Often however, the end result is less than stellar achievement in either of the activities scheduled at the same time. So we end up making compromises. We end up asking ourselves which is better: doing something as quickly as possible or doing something really well?
Often the first order of business is to identify what is most important in your life. You have to choose what you really want to accomplish. You may value making as much money as you can as the number one goal in life. However, someone else may believe being healthy and having good relationships with a spouse or children as being top priority. Others may choose their faith or career or even volunteer work.
For some people, like myself, the very idea of being idle is out of the question. I rarely will stop long enough to take “time” for me. Even when I am sitting in front of the television watching a show I honestly enjoy, I have this nearly obsessive “need” to be doing something. It seems the perfect time to sew or doing other “work” that can be done while sitting that I haven’t accomplished any other time during my day.
When the phone rings, I find myself still finding ways to fold laundry, sweep the floor or do other domestic duties which require little or no mental participation, but I’m still preserving as much time as possible so I can do other things when I have “time!” It’s a vicious cycle. I keep moving from one activity to another trying to use my time wisely!
Even if we keep using “strategy” to make the most of time, we find ourselves overwhelmed with “getting as much done as imaginable in as little time as possible.” This brings us little or no joy because we never seem to feel caught up.
I challenge you to reflect on your time management strategies. Do you find yourself compromising the quality of what you’re doing in order to get as much finished as possible in as little time as you can? Is half effort on these tasks worth it? Are you satisfied with the results? Is it a good time to rethink your strategy and eliminate compromise on what is really important?
Where do you stand on success? Is the time you are spending getting so much done in your career with overtime both at the office and time spent at home, causing you to compromise precious time with your spouse and children? Is it time for a change?