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By Maria Gracia
July 8, 2017
When You Have a Lot To Do, and Little Time to Do It
For some people, summer is a season of relaxation. For me, July is always
a bit hectic. This is mainly due to the fact that I visit my family on the east
coast in July...and it takes me away from my personal TO DOs and business TO DOs
for about 10 days. Besides briefly checking my email, I don't do any other work
while I'm on vacation...which essentially means I have to get 10 days of work
pre-done before I leave. How do I get this accomplished? Here are 5 organizing
concepts I use:
1. My number one starting point is a list. With everything I have
swimming around in my head, my written list keeps me on track and ensures I
don't forget anything. Everything I have to do goes on the list. No exceptions.
2. I divide my list. Some of the items on my list have to be done way
before I leave, like arranging for a house sitter, finding substitutes for the
fitness classes I teach, and getting all of my newsletters written and set to
automatically send. I highlight all of these in yellow...and handle these first.
Once those are all accomplished, I can tackle the other tasks closer to my
vacation departure date.
3. I ADD a little more work and SUBTRACT a bit of leisure prior to leaving.
I'm generally a stickler for not allowing work time to invade my leisure
time. Prior to leaving for a trip though, I do sacrifice some leisure time. This
means A LOT LESS time: browsing Pinterest and Facebook, TV time, trying out new
recipes, reading for entertainment, lunch dates with friends, and so on. There
will be plenty of time for all this when I return. Yes, my life is a bit more
grueling before a trip, but a relaxing vacation awaits directly afterwards, so
it's worth it. This all being said, I do make sure that work doesn't cut into my
7 hours of sleep...otherwise, my immune system will be compromised and I'll be
sure to end up with a cold before leaving...something I definitely don't want!
4. I give myself extra-tight deadlines. Have you ever heard of
Parkinson's Law? It points out that people usually take all the time allotted
(and frequently more) to accomplish any task. Think about two college students.
Both are given two weeks to write a paper. One takes all 14 days to slowly write
it and enhance it. The other waits until the final 48 hours to start. Both
complete the paper in time. When push comes to shove, when you give yourself
tight deadlines and are committed to them, it's amazing how you can get
something done in half the time, or less, that it would normally take. Note:
This is just an example. I don't recommend waiting until the last minute to do
5. I eliminate and streamline. As it begins to get closer to my departure
date, if I find that I'm running out of time to get every last task done, I take
a realistic approach. Some tasks definitely have to be done before I leave (like
being sure the mail is put on hold and delegating tasks and projects to my
assistant). Other tasks aren't as important. I remember meeting with a woman who
was leaving for a 7-day trip and was in a panic with all the TO DOs on her list.
I grabbed her list and immediately crossed off 10 of her 20 listed tasks, which
included TO DOs like, clean under the fridge, catch up on filing, and trim the
bushes. Yes, all these things have to be done, but really, they could all wait
until her return without having any major impact on her life.
Today is July 8th and, following these concepts, I'm right on track. I'm way
ahead of where I'd normally be on my list if I were working at a regular steady
pace, I'm not feeling stressed out, and I'm looking forward to some time off.
Yes, I'm missing some of my fun leisure time for sure, but it will feel so good
to have the important stuff done...and I'll actually be able to relax on my
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1. Clean off a shelf in your laundry room. Choose one shelf in your
laundry room, empty it completely and wipe it clean. Discard any junk, relocate
anything that doesn't belong there, and return the keepers back to the shelf.
2. Change the sheets and pillowcases on one bed. Ideally, sheets should
be changed once a week. You can stretch it to two...but if has been longer, it's
time to get it done.
3. Say goodbye to something unhealthy. Pinpoint something you're eating
and drinking that isn't nutritious, and eliminate that food or beverage from
your house. It's less tempting if it's not easily accessible.
4. Empty one surface of random paper. Focus on one surface in your
house that tends to accumulate paper. Empty that surface completely. Recycle
papers you don't need...and put the keepers in your filing system or action
file if there's a TO DO to be done.
5. Discard old food. Discard old food from your fridge and pantry. If
you're tossing away a lot, you're buying too much. Buy less and finish what's
in there before you buy more.
'Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss....' He turned
to me. 'But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when
you do, nothing will ever compare.'
--Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
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