I’m a little out of whack at the moment. I don’t seem to have a good rhythm or flow to my week and it is frustrating me.
There are legitimate reasons for this. I’m covering some extra responsibilities so my week is a little more full than usual. But this just demonstrates more reasons to make sure the flow is right.
When I’m out of sync I am less productive. Don’t get me wrong, stuff still gets done but I flit from one thing to the next, trying to do multiples tasks at once and this is never the best way for me to approach my day. Posts don’t get written. The book just seems to take ages to finish off. Each day seems to own me.
Being out of sync equals increased levels of agitation and frustration.
When I’m in sync the opposite is true, productivity levels go up. My focus is better. I have a clean desk and clarity of thinking. The right things get the right focus at the right time.
Being in sync equals increased levels of enjoyment towards the work I am doing.
It doesn’t take much to get back on track, to re-align my working week. 4 things usually help me…
Plan ahead. This is not about having the mother of all to-do lists although that can help. It’s more to do with knowing what are the things which only I can do and which tasks can be delegated. This involves taking some time out to review projects and tasks I currently have ongoing and marking them in one of 4 ways – for me NOW, for me LATER, for someone else NOW, for someone else LATER.
6 by 6 idea. Every now and then I do this Pastor Bill Hybels idea. What are the 6 things which need my attention in the next 6 weeks? These are the projects, tasks or people who should be receiving the greatest of my time and investment.
Sort the diary. Block times in – for actually getting stuff done. Make sure meetings are needed and then don’t overrun. We may not all be systems people but the diary can help create and protect a good flow for the week.
Say NO to some stuff. This can be the hardest thing to do but often the most powerful. It may only be for a season but if it helps make the best use of your time and increases your effectiveness, then NO may have to become my best friend for a while.
This is just my thinking of where I am right now and how to get myself back on the front foot and feeling a little more focussed and productive in all the right areas. Starts tomorrow when I’m back in the office after a few days off.
What do you do to get yourself back on track?