Saturday, March 12, 2011

Organization and Chaos

I think I've said this before, but it bears repeating:

It take a lot of effort to get life organized. More than just a little, a lot. For me, I've had to sit down, take a look at what I do with my time, and figure out how much time it should all take.

Then, I have to find a way to schedule it. This is difficult, because my weeks range from wide-open to having a lot of outside pressures on them. So, I have to be flexible with when I do, but don't have a great deal of flexibility about what I do.

So, for the past several months, I've been living with chaos. I haven't gotten done things that needed to get done, much less made any progress on my 'spare time' projects. This has been a bad thing.

So, I've taken the last 3 days of my time, and of Ann's time, and we've worked out the details. Well, at least most of them. She's offered to help me by looking back at the schedule every week. This is going to help.

I'm also going to borrow from a few of the greater lights of the Web, like Michael Hyatt at Thomas Nelson, and put daily and weekly reviews of my to-do list and effectiveness. In all, I hope this helps.

What to learn from this? Sometimes, you have to back to go forward. You have to spend time to have time. While that may seem counter-intuitive, it's still true. So if you have to stop and back up, do it. It's good for you.

 

Doug

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