Are you busy?
When I’m at my happiest, and most efficient, I definitely am not. However, this winter I have found that I am lacking the time to complete everything I would like to do. I have the same amount of time each day as everyone else, but what changed?
What changed, of course, was how I was using my time. I was wasting it, by having a life that was too cluttered, too disorganized.
Here are the top 5 things that were wasting my time:
1. Inefficient usage of online time. Taking a break from being online would make it impossible for me to do my job, or pursue my hobbies. But, poor online work habits were costing me time. I’ve been trying to multi-task, which our brains are not capable of doing. I found that if I closed my e-mail while blogging or working on projects for work, I was not distracted when a new message popped up. Separating work, blogging, and e-mailing time has helped me to get more done.
2. Looking for things. When things are chaotic at home, clutter creeps in. Clutter leads to more things being lost. Not following a regular rhythm or routine leads to things being thrown in places where they do not belong. I’ve found myself wasting much more time looking for things.
3. Choosing my clothes. When I’m following a regular rhythm, laundry gets done, and my 5 outfits are happily on their hangers. When things are chaotic, I spend my mornings frantically searching for a presentable outfit.
4. Grocery shopping trips. Normally, I shop once a week or once every other week. When we’re not following a routine, I end up making little shopping trips to pick up odds and ends everyday. This not only costs us more money, it uses up a significant amount of time.
5. Avoiding work. Think about it. When you don’t want to do something, you procrastinate by doing little, slightly-enjoyable activities. When I’m supposed to clean the house, I’ll go on “junk food” websites, or read a chapter of a book, without having the time to really get into it. A better usage of time is to do the task at hand, get it over with, then have plenty of time to devote to activities that you really want to do.