Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 02 | June 2016 - Page 10

When I was raising 4 kids and working from home doing medical transcription, I discovered a book called Sidetracked Home Executives some 20 years ago. The system utilizes index cards to organize daily, weekly, monthly and yearly household tasks, the idea being if everything is assigned to a certain time – and free days are built in – you can keep up with chores effortlessly and in small steps.

I’m still a fan of pen and paper when I’m drafting plans, but I love a number of electronic planning tools, too. You can translate systems like this into today’s technology easily enough with a calendar app, especially with the addition of something like ColorNote.

FlyLady uses a similar concept – a weekly “zone” rotation schedule, plus daily tasks, weekly power hours and decluttering exercises to get, and keep, you organized. FlyLady also advocates for “baby steps” – starting small, developing habits and building momentum. (And by the way, the Fly in FlyLady stands for First Love Yourself – a whole other topic).

Dr. Stephen Covey, well known for his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, advises that you put your Big Rocks into your schedule first. Big Rocks, as you can imagine, are your priorities, your most important goals and people (including yourself) and they get put on the calendar first, fitting other thing in and around them in the same way smaller gravel fills in the gaps between larger stones and sand fills in the gaps between gravel, rounding out your plans. This speaks of setting a primary goal in first, then the sub-goals related to the primary and finally the incremental steps that help you reach first the sub-goal, and cumulatively, the primary goal.

I also love The Entrepreneurial Time System developed by Dan Sullivan. He advises we have focus days, buffer days and free days. The buffer days are the planning, organizing and dealing

CREATIVE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

By Kat Tozier

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