Remember the days at school when we had our life organised into schedules by our teachers and parents. We had a fixed time for everything- time for play, time to sit and study, time to watch TV and the list goes on.
We used to think that what fun is the life of an adult when he/she doesn’t have to stick to any schedule. Adult people are their own masters! But now we know that it is not entirely true. We are almost slaves of our work and time is something we don’t seem to have enough ever. And then we think that childhood was a bliss! We had time to do everything.
That is something I am sure everyone relates to. I sometimes wish I had more than 24 hours a day. I try and squeeze in as much in a day as I can. But still I face a dearth of time and frustration is what comes next.
What I do in such situations is just sit with a pen and paper and close my eyes for a minute or two. The whirlwind of thoughts overflow on the paper and I am able to calm my mind of all the anxious stuff. Next comes the easy part. I divide the work into Now, Later and Last. Then get some post -its or a diary or a white board and a marker and note note note. There I know what I need to do for the whole week and when to do what.
That makes my life a whole lot easier and helps me manage the rough days also with sufficient ease. 10 minutes and you are sorted. And people are way more productive when they have the next thing to do right in front of their eyes.
Everyone might not think they need to write down and post their work to be more productive. But it would be of much assistance to you and you would know that when you do it once. It is better reference to keep a to-do in front of your eyes than keep it only in your mind and scan your entire day’s work to know what you need to do next.
So, just try this and see your day get easier and work done faster. You might get some time to relax at the end of the day as well.
Just to summarize-
- Get a paper and a pen
- Sit back and close your eyes
- Write every single thought about what you need to do however mundane it might seem
- Divide the works into NOW, LATER and LAST
- Get some post-its or a diary or a white board.
- Note them down how you grouped them.
- Start with NOW..