Get Back Your UMPH!
According to Geoff Godbey, co-author of Time for Life, about 25-hours of free time during our weekdays usually come in 30-45 minute increments. So, how can we get organized and accomplish day-to-day tasks on a regular basis? We have two suggestions to get back some “umph” and to keep it!!
If you can clump tasks together, you will tend to be more productive in the long run! Here are some examples:
CLUMP papers into a “To File” folder. Instead of filing a piece of paper every time you are finished with it, file everything at one time.
CLUMP computer times together. Check your e-mail once or twice a day, instead of interrupting your day to check it several times.
CLUMP errands together. Before running to the bank, think about the other things on your to-do list. Or, when scheduling routine office visits to the doctor and dentist, try planning them on the same day.
Now we have talked about everyday shortcuts, how do we find more free time… to do the things we want to do??
There are two ways we suggest you find free time:
DUMP tasks off your plate and onto others – in other words, learn to delegate. Spend time doing the things you can do and let go of the rest to family, friends or hired professionals. “You don’t lose control when you delegate, you only gain control of your time,” Donna Smallin, Unclutter [dot] com.
DUMP spending time in front of the TV. TV is the number one robber of our free time. There are several tips to still enjoy being a couch potato – and be other to do other things too. We’d love for you to share with us tips that you use for freeing up TV time, while still being able to stay caught up with your favorite shows…
Kathy Jenkins is a nationally recognized Certified Professional Organizer, speaker and writer. She is the founder of Come To Order and is dedicated to helping her clients simplify their lives by reducing clutter, organizing their homes and offices, and managing their time. For more tips on organizing your schedule, life and home, follow Kathy on Twitter.