How do you spend your time?

Here are a few ideas to help you manage your “stuff” and find a sense of satisfaction from taking actions that move you in a direction of your choice instead of being stuck in overwhelm.

What is your Highest Value Activity?
What are the things that you do better than anyone else? Make a list of all the things you really enjoy doing and where you are really good at getting results. Consider the activities or areas that other people ask you for help in. Focus in on the things that you get the most satisfaction from doing.
I know that you have heard that common saying that 20% of your time produces 80% of your results. The key is stopping long enough to really define and understand what actions contribute to your best results, professional development and personal satisfaction.
Determine the key things that you do that contribute the most to your desired outcomes.
When you spent more time in this area you would see an increase in results. When you focus in on one thing each day- you are less likely to get stuck in overwhelm at the end of the day. So many small things add up that they can grab your attention and you are busy all day- yet end the day feeling like you did not accomplish anything. If that sounds familiar: try asking yourself these two questions everyday: What one thing do I need to accomplish today? What is the best use of my time right now?

Pay Attention

I work with some people, who have memory loss. What I have learned is that activity has to have a function to make sense to my clients. Doing something without a reason or not being able to connect that activity to what they want to do is a flop. So walking outside is enjoyable, tossing a ball is a natural reaction, while lifting leg weights does not have a strong connection to daily needs. What if I took that lesson into my own life? How much time do I spend doing things that make sense and bring purpose to my life? How much of my time is busy time, filling up the space with activity without understanding what it does for me? Do I stop to ask – how does this activity fit into my life’s purpose? A curious exercise would be to start paying attention to the value of how I spend my time. I challenge you to do the same. If you placed a higher value on your time: what things would you do more of and what things would you stop doing? Try making a list- it is amazing the difference when you take ideas out of your head and put them in front of you on paper. Then pay attention to where your time goes and how you spend it. Why am I more careful with my money and so careless with my time?

What is the best use of my time today?

What is the best use of my time today?

How often do we even ask ourselves that question?  If you are tired of running in circles and getting pulled by the needs of other people in your world, try this exercise for a week.

Ask your self these two questions everyday. If I only get one thing done today, what is the most important thing for today?  What is the highest value use of my talent and skills today?

Setting a clear intention and focus for one day at time will help you accomplish the most important things even in the middle of a chaotic day. The second idea is to focus on the things that you do best and create value for you. My biggest challenge in working from home is to not get caught up in doing small tasks around the house instead of productive work on my business.

It would be easy for me to stay busy all day long; my hardest question at the end of the day was my day busy and spent of high value projects or just busy?