Posted by: jmwilsonmga | June 23, 2011

I’m SO Busy!

When I was growing up, I can remember my Mother saying, “When I hear people telling me how much busier they are than me, all I hear is that they are disorganized and inefficient…no one is any busier than anyone else, we all have the same 24 hours to work with!”.

I am a single, working (full time) Mom with an eight year old daughter.  She’s a gymnast, a cheerleader, and is very social.  She’s also a great student and studies very hard.  I serve on three volunteer Boards and am active with the PTO.  I often travel for work.  My fiancée lives an hour away and has a teenage son who is active in sports.  I maintain a home on my own (cooking, cleaning, laundry, lawn work, groceries, trash, and a cat).  Four hours a week (at least) I exercise.  And somehow, I manage to fit in sleep.

How do I do it?  Four simple steps:

1.  Make a list every day.  Prioritize it and get it done.  I use a 1, 2, 3 system.  One is high and top priority.  There will be a highly negative consequence if I don’t get it done that day (getting gas in the car when I’m on empty).  Two is important, but it can wait without major consequence (taking out the trash when it’s full).  Three can easily wait until tomorrow, with no consequence (painting my fingernails).  While it may be one person’s goal to accomplish the entire list, I am always happy and content when I complete the ones and find it’s a huge bonus when I also complete the twos. 

2.   Touch everything one time.  As a young Manager in my twenties, my mentor gave me this advice.  It keeps me on track more than anything else I do.  Using email as an example:  open it, read it and decide whether you can act on it immediately or whether it needs to be filed, flagged for future action or deleted.  Never let it sit or open it twice.  The same goes for anything in your inbox and mail.  Shoot for clearing out your email box every day before leaving.  Pay your bills when you open them and don’t make piles!

3.  Respect others.  Be on time.  Meet deadlines or give rational reasons (not excuses) why you didn’t.  Trust others to follow through (spot check work, don’t knit pick and point out mistakes “just because”).  Be kind.  Be a fountain, not a drain!  The more you respect others, the more you will be respected (and people will be more willing to do things with you and for you-saving a lot of time!).

4.   Good enough really is good enough.  There are times to scrub the kitchen floor on your hands and knees, but it’s not every day.  Perfectionism can paralyze people and make them inefficient.  If you are spending more time cooking, cleaning, and picking up the house than you are snuggling with your dog, reading to your child, enjoying a nice glass of wine/good book, golfing or hugging your significant other, I believe you have it backward. Put everything into perspective and eliminate worry and guilt.

You will never hear me say that I’m too busy.  In my opinion, there’s no such thing!

About the Author : Wendy Ballast, Human Resources Manager

Wendy has been a member of the J.M. Wilson Team for over six years and currently serves as the Human Resource Manager.  She oversees all human resource functions including, but not limited to, recruiting and retention, benefits administration, policies and procedures, employee relations, and payroll.  Wendy loves that every day is different.  She loves to travel and is fortunate that she is able to do so, and get paid for it! In her free time (if she has any!), Wendy serves on three Volunteer Boards; enjoys reading with her daughter, Abby; volunteers with the Parent Teacher Organization at her daughter’s school; plays golf; and travels with her fiancée, Dan. 

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Copyright 2011 J.M. Wilson Corporation


Responses

  1. Very well said, and lots of great tips! Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Ashley! I know I’ve tried to incorporate some of Wendy’s suggestions, especially touching everything only one time, and it has really helped streamline my day! -Kristin


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