I found myself once again doing some work on my day off. I got quite a bit done with some peace and quiet, but was feeling overwhelmed looking at the many tasks and projects I still had remaining.
I continually get better and better at organizing my time. I am forever tweaking my system. I have found that a weekly review is critical at the beginning and end of each week. I also make time every day to clear my mind and get clear on my objectives.
I’ve learned that I need to approach anything I do with my strengths and needs as an introvert in mind. For example, as an introvert, I not only enjoy a little quiet time, but have found that for me to be successful, this quiet time is not just a want… it’s a need. As an introvert, my mind is always going and I have an endless supply of ideas. Not only is it a challenge to keep up with my own ideas, but of course, I have to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities at work as well as the ideas of others. Over the years, I’ve gotten much more organized. It’s clear to me that while I still may be able to get just a bit more organized and squeeze a bit more into my day, there will ALWAYS be more to do than is possible – even in a state of perfect organization. So, for me, organizing and prioritizing my time is critical.
Another strategy that I’ve employed recently is having a little “retreat” for myself every couple of months to ponder the goals I have for life and work. I think this time alone can be great for anyone, but is especially good for introverts.
Here are some of the questions I ask when I sit down with myself:
- What are my most important goals in life?
- What do I need to do each day, week, month, to meet these goals?
- What are the most important tasks and projects I need to accomplish at work?
- What must I do each day, week, month, to reach these goals at work?
- What can I give someone else to do?
- What can I stop doing and no one will care?
- What is a lower priority now that I can schedule for later?
- How can I balance my important goals with the necessary day-to-day activities?
Here is a great quote from David Allen, author of Getting Things Done:
“Don’t overcommit, but don’t go stale. Don’t set yourself up for failure, but keep an inspired focus. Keep it simple, pick your battles, and give as much weight to clearing up the old as committing to something new.” tweet