EEE GADS! Organize or Agonize!
We all have too much to do, too little time. That’s our constant challenge. The solution? Get organized. The alternative? To agonize over the fact that we can never get all of our work done and never seem to have time for ourselves. There’s a real fear the harried will soon be buried. Sound familiar? What to do?
Organize, your mind, your work and your life.
Organize your mind: Write things down the moment you think of them. When you feel overwhelmed, imagine a big project finished. When things get tough, do what top performers and even the most sophisticated executives do-use positive self-talk- “I can handle this.” “I’ll get it done.” “One step at a time.” Make these habits. They work.
Organize your work: Prioritize. Don’t do a few things when you get to work, just to feel you got something done. Do the most important thing first. Also, make an appointment with yourself to work on important projects. Write deadlines down in red ink on your calendar or Outlook. And don’t let a day go by without finding twenty minutes to coach individuals and teams.
Organize your life. Strive to achieve balance in your business and personal life. Block out time for family, fun, spirituality and taking care of yourself. Balance working with playing. Balance giving with receiving. Balance taking care of others with taking care of yourself. This is no easy task, and can be like a tightrope act. Never assume that you can achieve perfect balance, or you will be frustrated constantly. Most days you may only find twenty minutes for these activities. Spend twenty minutes sitting on the floor with your kids and night and playing and talking to them. Spend twenty minutes reading or taking a hot bath. Spend twenty minutes fast-walking. Spend twenty minutes tapping into the spiritual side of your life. For some, that means praying. For others, it means meditating, or appreciating nature.
Make it a habit to do your best to keep your life in balance, so that you can feel more well rounded and find more enjoyment in life. Make a commitment to yourself to develop good habits so you can find more balance in your life.
Here’s food for thought on our topic:
You may know me. I’m your constant companion
I’m your greatest helper. I’m your heaviest burden
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am at your command
Half the tasks you do can be turned over to me
I’m able to do them quickly, and I’m able to do them the same every time.
I’m easily managed… all you have to do is to be firm, with me
Show me exactly how you want it done- after a few lessons; I’ll do it automatically
I am the servant of all great men and women, and of course, servant of all
the failures as well
I’ve made all the great individuals who have ever been great.
And I’ve made all the losers, too
I work with all the precision of a computer and the intelligence of a human being.
You may run me for profit, or you may run me to ruin it makes no difference to me.
Make me a strong part of your life
Be easy with me- and I will destroy you
Be firm with me and I’ll put the world at your feet
Who am I? I – am habit.
Artistole said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act. It is a habit.”
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