Aside of your average, run of the mill days that just go down the tubes because of unexpected twists of fate, there are days when you do the plan, but find yourself feeling…well, discouraged because you got sidetracked and for no good reason. It’s one thing when plans are waylaid by circumstances you cannot control and quite another when it is by your own hand, or choice. Days when you get off track, and start to feel frustrated with yourself, will often lead to feeling overwhelmed and discouraged and in need of a scapegoat. Obviously we can’t blame our husbands for everything (grin) so sometimes we mistakenly look to change “something” instead of looking at our own behavior objectively. Before you change those planner pages, buy a new system, living room set, makeover etc. Step back, Take a seat and have some pie! Or at least have a small slice of pie while you try to figure out how to slice up your Life Pie into appropriate portions.
Today, I had a day like THAT. A day, when I felt frustrated with everyone but most of all myself. Since I cannot change anyone else, best leave those heart desires for the prayer closet, and work on the one I can actually change, by choice, attitude or behavior.
In the book Time Management for Busy People, Roberta Roesch suggests making Pie Charts to track your daily activities as an alternative to the usual time logs. She uses a 9-5 work day and 2 pies for her example (4 hours per pie), but I am suggesting you modify as approprate. And you can have more than a couple of pies, I will use 4 pies on a graph paper, myself. We aren’t counting calories, after all. The idea is to list what you do in the pie quarters so you can find where that time is going. It is a great visual. At the end of the day or couple of days, underline in red time wasters and adjust accordingly.
A Practical Tip: On your mark get set, get your pen and paper and give it a try. Using graph or blank paper allow yourself 2-4 circles. Each circle represents 4 hours. You could focus on work only, or your full day. Track your activities as you proceed throughout the day. No cheating! Track ALL activities, for accurate assessment and to really hone in on what you are doing. Assess and adjust as needed by taking action.
Quotes to Ponder:
“Our two greatest gifts are time and the freedom to choose- the power to direct our efforts in the use of that time. ” Stephen Covey
A Prayer for Today:
Dear Lord, I ask you to give me clarity to see how to use my time optimally, sensitivity to your Holy Spirit in all of my choices in time and trust in you for all of my time both now and forever. In Jesus Name, I ask, Amen.
This is Day 28 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
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I pray this series is a blessing to you.