Blog: Simplify Your Life
Some days it can feel as though, despite your best efforts, you haven't accomplished a dadgum thing. Quitting time rolls around and all you have to show for it is hours and hours down the drain, blown on activities that gave you little or no payoff -- not to mention the fact that your to-do list is still sitting there staring at you, waiting to be tackled tomorrow!
Where Does Your Time Go?
How much of your life is spent on "time wasters" -- activities that do nothing to enhance your quality of life, and actually prevent you from accomplishing more important goals? Channel-surfing, playing solitaire on the computer, endlessly reorganizing your desktop -- these are just a few examples. A lot of my friends tell me that Facebook has become my major time-waster these days. While they get a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction from staying connected to all the people in their lives, it's easy to get distracted playing Mafia Wars or taking any of their stupid "what kind of tree would you be" quizzes. Each person has his or her own "time traps" -- but you know you've been seduced by a time waster when you find yourself:
It can be very hard to curtail these time-wasting behaviors (isn't it always hard to break a bad habit?) Sure, it's fun to goof off on the internet when you have a few minutes and your brain needs a break -- but how good are you at drawing the line and saying, "Okay, time to get back to work?" Do you automatically turn on the television when you get up in the morning or come home in the afternoon? Maybe it's time to give your remote control a rest! Look around your life and see what daily routines and chores eat up your day. You may even want to keep a log for a week or so, recording how you spent your time and what sort of value you received from each activity (just don't let keeping your log become a time-waster!) You'll discover your own personal time "issues" (spending 2 hours trying on outfits before deciding what to wear that day, taking forever to make up your mind about the brand of orange juice to buy at the store, whatever) and find ways of dealing with each.
- watching TV shows you don't really care about
- checking email over and over throughout the day
- surfing the internet or cruising chat rooms with no purpose in mind
- endlessly checking status updates on social networking sites
- wandering around stores, just looking for bargains
- spending a few hours every day running errands
- shuffling the same papers back and forth on your desk
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posted on: 1/31/2012 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips
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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!
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