Saturday, April 17, 2010

Save The Day!!

Like most of you, I live a busy life.  I don't get to relax as much as I would like.  Yet I still don't get everything accomplished.  This doesn't make sense. It should be an either-or.  Either I didn't get to accomplish everything but I got to relax.  Or, I didn't get to relax but it was worth it since I got everything accomplished.

John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, and Robert Kyiosaki all stress the importance of making lists and schedules.  A list is simply a visual reminder of the things that you need/want to accomplish.  It keeps you focused.

I always thought if I made a list I would never be able to accomplish everything and wouldn't have time to rest.  These time management gurus are also advocates of putting RELAX on the to do list.  This way you can relax and feel accomplished at the same time!  Brilliant!

I have learned that if I don't make a list and don't schedule my time wisely, I don't feel accomplished and I don't feel rested.  Bad combination.  This is especially true on weekends, random days off, and snow days. (You educators know what I'm talking about!)

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  What is scheduled gets done.
Don't waste time.  Make a schedule and/or list and SAVE THE DAY!

Challenge:  Make a list of things you need to do for this week and don't forget to put relax or some form of recreation.  Reward yourself when you complete everything!

2 comments:

  1. That's a great challenge and one I needed to read today. I always have lots to do and it seems that it never all gets done. Unfortunately, I'm not great at making lists, but I'm getting better. As an example, http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=slqahogddhbac6rlda3dpv2n3o%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Chicago is a calendar I have created that has everything due for everyone in my MACI class. Its my way of getting myself organized and maybe show others how to integrate google into their busy lives. Michelle even embedded it into moodle for us. :-)

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  2. Even though we still haven't had a formal meeting, you have caused me to learn a lot about google. And I switched to firefox and really like it! Thanks for the comment and for your technologically sound advice J Bowie.

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