This is my favorite time of the
How do we manage time today in a world that is so fast-paced and demanding? Here are some ways I’ve learned to make the most of each day’s hours:
Get up an hour earlier.
I don’t know whether it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’m able to get up extremely early. I believe this is
Look three days ahead.
It helps to plan three days out by writing down day by day what you absolutely must complete. Include what you want to finish and what you want to start. I use a Franklin Planner, and I know others who use a calendar or just a notebook. I am a firm believer that what is written is what gets done. There is something rewarding about checking off a task from your list.
Remember, don’t put off what you can complete today. It’s so easy to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” but it’s worth the effort to complete that task today. The key here is prioritization for the three days ahead of you
Ask for help when you need it.
This is probably my weakest area. Whether it’s family, friends or people at work, think about opportunities to get help with some of the items on your list. This can make you much more efficient. Chances are, people have been asking you how they can help. I recently started to ask for help from a good friend. I didn’t realize it, but this has turned out to be a win-win situation. The person who helps me feels really good, too. It made me think back to when I lent a helping hand and how good I felt. The key here is knowing what to ask for help with and when, being careful not to make too many demands of the same individual.
Recognize your accomplishments.
When you finish some items on your
My most enjoyable lists and rewards are on the weekends. There is a school of thought that we’re supposed to have a day of rest. On some Sundays after Mass, I typically have a shorter list of items — usually chores, bills and maybe even packing for travel. Although they are not the most exciting items to check off, sitting and admiring a nice clean kitchen is so fulfilling. And the reward is a sip of a nice Chardonnay. It really is possible to make doing chores and paying bills part of a pleasant weekend