LOOKING AHEAD: CREATING A PURPOSEFUL PLAN FOR A WELL-DESIGNED LIFE
You can’t expect 200% from any person, so why do we expect this of ourselves? In a world of instant gratification, we try to “get it all done now,” and if we don’t, we fail. Have you missed a deadline? Check! Do you forget to have quality time at home because you bring your work home with you? Check! Do you feel stressed at work because there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all? Check!! If you continue down this path, without fail, you will keep asking yourself, “Where is all my time going?”
To create a well-organized life, you need one thing: a well-defined plan that focuses on the center of your world – time.
Here are a few of my favorite tricks to make my life more efficient:
I like things that are pretty and easy to use. The Day Designer is just that, and a fellow Okie designed it! The idea came from the chaos many of us can relate to – too many emails, a hand-scribbled to-do list, a pile of meeting notes and a full schedule of meetings. The creator, Whitney English, developed a framework of intentional goal setting, planning and action steps. This planner has become a staple of my life. I carry it everywhere. It’s my brain when I have lost mine.
“A well-designed day is a well-lived life.”– Whitney English
If you like to check things off a to-do list to help you feel mighty, then did we just become best-friends?!! The Weekly Action Pad is my new jam, and it makes me feel like a rock star every day! This tool allows me to prioritize my weeks of action and keep me from feeling overwhelmed. If my weekend didn’t get away from me, I use my Sunday evenings to plan out my week. If I had a little too much fun on Sunday Funday, that’s what Monday morning is for. Make the most out of your Monday and snag this goodie. I promise you will become a ninja at getting things done!
Color Coordination is everything!
If you are like me, you like to visualize everything, including my calendar. At work, I have a color associated with various parts of my job, including account development, administrative tasks, client meetings, personal tasks or time out of the office. It helps me visualize my week. Also, since client meetings are an essential part of my job, I defined those as red on my calendar. It allows me to schedule my time more accordingly, so I don’t rush to meetings and instead create plenty of time for pre-prep.
This method takes discipline, but I assure it makes all the difference.
If having planning goals are in your 2018 RESOLUTE-tions (see what I did there!), take a chance on these three tricks of the trade. As Whitney English says, these aren’t magic and won’t do the work for you. However, they can help make the tasks a lot less daunting.
Time is fleeting, so make the most of it!