By Evelyn Cucchiara, Best Organizing Tips
Ever have the feeling that you are busy chasing after your life, never having a free moment to figure out your next move? And long term planning – who has time for that?
Well, to be honest, you can have the time needed to figure out your day, your life, your goals – time to be anything you want to be, if you just remove the daily day-to-day decisions and struggles. Now, I know what you’re saying, that it’s impossible. You spend so much time just making it through the day that you have no time to think about tomorrow, forget about your hopes and dreams.
I’m here to throw you a lifeline. I’m here to tell you that it can be done. And simply.
The key to having time in this hectic world we live in is: systems.
Systems for cleaning your house. Systems for running your day. Systems for planning your life.
Anything that you spend time thinking about day in and day out can be removed from your brain if you set up a system. And once the system is set up, you no longer have to think about it. You will have freed your brain up to think about other things. To plan. To dream. To wonder.
Here’s an example. Cleaning the bathrooms. Can you think of a more boring thing to think about? Well, I used to spend lots of time saying to myself, “I should really clean the bathrooms”. Every day there would be a little nagging voice in the back of my brain saying “clean the bathrooms.” I would spend many moments every day listening to this, and many moments every day of making up excuses of why I can’t “clean the bathrooms right now.” The voice would say it again, I would think up a new excuse. The little voice was driving me crazy because in addition to not having clean bathrooms, I was now feeling like a failure because this little voice kept bugging me. It was ridiculous!
This went on for a long time. Until the day I realized that if I set up a system, I would no longer have to think about it. And poof! Just like magic, I quieted the voice, got back the time I wasted thinking about it, and had clean bathrooms to boot! Here’s how it works:
1. Pick whatever is driving you crazy – bathrooms, bills, paperwork, exercising – whatever the little voice in your head keeps bugging you about.
2. Design a system and a day to deal with it – I decided that my bathroom cleaning day was Wednesday morning. Only Wednesday morning. So now, first thing Wednesday morning I attack the bathrooms. The cleaning of the bathrooms takes 20 minutes tops. Since it’s done every week, it never gets too bad. I no longer waste time thinking about it. And if for some reason I miss it, before I know it, Wednesday morning will roll around again.
3. Since it is now in your schedule, you no longer have to think about it. The voice is quieted. You are now running your life instead of it running you.
And then you can move on to the next little voice in your head that is driving you crazy.
Try it. Pick something that is driving you crazy and design a system to deal with it on a weekly basis. Then take the time you just recouped from not worrying about it and plan your future.
Let me know how it goes!