Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and that you would like to get off the merry-go-round of life, long enough to catch your breath?
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the busyness of your life, your relationships, kids, bills, home based business, housework?
Yes???……..Well you’re not alone.
Recently, I have been forced to re-evaluate many areas of my life. You may remember a blog post I did recently entitled the ‘Simple Life’ in which I explain some measures I have taken to de-stress my life.
And so today, I wanted to share with you another practical method that I have been using to better manage my time and which has enabled me to complete some of the many tasks that have been sat on my never-ending ‘to do’ list.
The fact is, my ‘to do’ list was just that, ‘never-ending’. I never got to the end of it because new tasks were continuously being added to it. Whilst a lot can be said for being able to multi-task, the ability to be realistic also plays a crucial role here.
So let’s do that…ask yourself this question. Is it ever going to be possible for you to get all the things on your to-do list completed in any one day?
Now ask yourself this question…How do you think you would feel if you could complete 3 tasks on your to do list everyday without feeling, stressed, overwhelmed, rushed and exhausted?….. Sound good?
Let me share with you the ‘Place Mat Process’. This is actually process #10 in the book ‘Ask and It is Given’ by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I have been using this process for about 2 months now and I have to say, the results have been staggering. So let me explain the process and what you can to do to tackle your to do list.
Take a piece of paper and draw a line straight down the middle. On one side of the paper write the heading. ‘Things that I will do today’ and on the other side write the words, ‘Things the Universe will do today’
Now… under the ‘Things you will do today’ column, make a list of all the tasks, you know you will be able to complete today. Be completely realistic. If you think you might get started with something today, but you have no intention of finishing it, then place this task under the ‘Universe to do today’ side.
Esther and Jerry Hicks don’t specify how many tasks you should place under your ‘to do’ header. By and large this will vary depending on the amount of spare time you have and what your other commitments are.
Take me for example, I work full-time and have a 5 year old, I am a blogger and an internet marketer in my spare time. I literally try to steal time to work on my business wherever humanly possible…and so I only ever put 3 things on my to do list.
This might not seem like a lot, but believe me, I can achieve them easily, they do not overwhelm me and completing them daily gives me new confidence and a sense of achievement each and every day.
My universe column is always jam packed with things that I would like to be working on, but for now I have taken control and delegated them to the universe to do.
The diagram below gives you an idea of the kind of tasks
I have set for myself and the Universe as of Saturday June 5th 2010
Now imagine if all of the tasks on the Right hand side (under the Universe column ) had been under my column. It is easy to understand how we can get overwhelmed and stressed when we have so much on our plates. I used to want to do everything all at once, but now I enjoy taking my time, knowing that I am accomplishing new tasks each day.
Remember, life isn’t a race, you are not one day going to have completed everything you ever wanted to do in life, ticked everything off your to do list and finally be able to sit back in your La-Z-Boy for the rest of time. Instead, saviour every minute on this planet and appreciate the time it takes to complete and learn something new.
Now I said that I have been using this method for 2 months, so I wanted to share with you, some of the things I have been able to accomplish. Sometimes the tasks on the Universe side have somehow been accomplished with no direct input from me. Either because someone has done it for me, or it simply became less important. ‘getting a brand new red car’ is a standing item under the universe column and I am hoping the universe will present one to me shortly.
These are just a selection of the tasks I have been able to accomplish in and amongst working full-time and being a busy mum.
- Syndicating +++
- De-Cluttering the House and Loft
- Tax Return
- Blog Posts +++
- Sort out optin boxes
- Quality time with Leigha +++
- Get home Laptop fixed
- Do some video tutorials for blog +++
- Keep on top of Facebook, friends, lists, messages!! +++
- Automate Twitter, Ping-fm, +++
- Add signature to blog
- Watch training videos on various internet marketing strategies +++
- Have regular twitter conversations +++
- Get my hair cut
- Grow my list +++
- Sort out Auto-responders
- Email my list my new blog posts
- Set-up Fan Page
- Sort Leigha’s Birthday (presents, party, cake)
- Sort Tony’s Birthday (presents, cake)
- Have nice skin!
- Buy new school uniform (not for me!)
- Start to re-organise blog
- Order skip and start decorating bathroom
- Read a book each day +++
- PPC campaign and keyword research +++
- Video submission
- Help my mum with her college assignments
- Sort the Garden out
(+++ reflects tasks that I have done multiple times)
So as you can see I have been a busy bee. To make it easier to log and track what you have been able to achieve I would recommend you buy a few notebooks. I have also found it helpful to sit down with my notebook just before I go to sleep and jot down my 3 tasks, placing everything else under the universe heading.
Doing this each night also means that you have already set your goals for the day and you can get going with them as soon as you wake up. Plus a notebook with lots of ticks inside, is a great visual aid for confidence boosting!!!
Remember: if you are going to do this, make sure that you are realistic with your time. If you can do 3 things, GREAT. If you can do 5 things EVEN BETTER. Avoid adding everyday chores to your list like making breakfast, or taking the kids to school, you are going to do this anyway. Make your tasks things that will take you one step closer to where you want to be in life, whether it’s gaining new knowledge, solving a problem or just something you have always wanted to tackle.
Let me know how you get on with this method (if you choose to use it) and feel free to share other methods that you have used to get things done more effectively.
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