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Beck Diet Solution, Day 8

Monday, October 08, 2018

Create Time and Energy

This day's exercise is a struggle for me to do. I don't really have any activities that I can eliminate. Other than my coffee time, when I first wake up, this is when I do my computer stuff. But that is my sanity time and I am not about to shorten that.

Once my coffee is finished, then I start my day. Now, I know that I need to better organize my time. Going through this book, I can to the realization that I cannot make a schedule of what I want to accomplish by the hour -- I am not a clock watcher and I totally underestimate how long it takes me to do things.

I find it easier to just make a list of things I want to accomplish each day and then work on those things. In the past I had followed the advice of the Side-Tracked Executives, (sort of like Fly Lady), and it worked wonders for me getting things done. But back then, hubby worked out of town and I was living solo. Following a to-do list worked well then, but now having to do things for other people puts a kink in my plans most days.

I wish I could delegate some of the daily tasks to hubby, but he thinks he is an invalid and cannot do housework because of his chronic pain. But, when he goes to our cabin up north, (the man cave), he is able to do these things. Best for me to pick my battles. I digress...

I actually filled out the priority chart this time. On paper, it really looks like I ought to have plenty of time to get all the things done that I need to do. I think I need to do a generic schedule and not put time limits on my tasks. Just listing what needs to be done and what I plan to accomplish worked for me on the days I actually created the "schedule" of things to do.

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    I don't remember this - I just know I have trouble getting everything done I want to get done.
    544 days ago
    I read and practiced the techniques in Side-Tracked Home Executives many, many years ago when my children were young. I had cards, they had cards, it really kept me focused. I was on top of everything in my house. I've been wanting for years to go back to that system, but I couldn't find the book, and I thought the name was Side-Tracked Sisters and so googling it turned up nothing. I am so happy you referred to it in your blog because I googled Side-Tracked Executives and lo and behold there was the book I was looking for.
    544 days ago
    If you are unable to create a schedule, or follow a schedule you create, don't get down on yourself. Many people can follow the advice of organized gurus, but many of us just have different personalities and bodily rhythms. I highly recommend the book "Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,"
    by Gretchen Rubin. It was freeing, because I saw my self and my abilities in a new light. I find that scheduled plans, I can not follow, make me feel like a failure and overly self-critical. When I find my flow in a task, I can easily accomplish more than I expect, but it's never going to look like a Steven Covey program.
    544 days ago
    I find it amazing what a good effect planning has. I'm the kind of person who can invest tons of time in tasks that are engaging but distract me from my important priorities. But that does not make me happy or satisfied. Honestly, the most important priority I have that underlies all other priorities is wellness. That has a lot of different elements. And my focus can change from time to time. But I can't do much else in life that is worth while for husband or friends or my community if I am not well. I hope you have fun with your goal setting. It can be really rewarding.
    544 days ago
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