Eric and I received a great question by email the other day that addresses a really important issue related to time management and productivity. Here’s what it said:
Since starting to use your organization program and since reading the book Essentialism, I feel like I have gotten much better at managing my time. I don’t run around putting out fires all day; I have a clear picture of my priority projects and where my time should be spent; and I get more accomplished with less stress. (Yay!!)
What I’m noticing, though, is that the more I learn about using my time well and protecting my time, the more upset I feel when my time is wasted. It’s almost like I am now over-valuing my time and thinking that every minute is so precious that it annoys me when someone keeps me waiting, or I’m sitting in a meeting that isn’t particularly effective, or I end up spending thirty minutes reading blogs instead of focusing on a more meaningful project. It affects my relationships too: if a friend stops by my house during nap time (which is my ONLY quiet time to work during the day), I have this nagging thought “You are wasting work time!” instead of being able to really focus on my friend.
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Rachel Nielson says
Thank you, April and Eric! A great discussion to “listen in on.” I love how you connected *valuing* your time to your *values.* Just that similar wording got me thinking! I also loved how Eric said he calls a “to-do list” a “choice list.” That’s a perspective changer!
April Perry says
Thank YOU, Rachel! You are an inspiration, and I love how deliberate you are in your life.
Becky Steenblik says
I know you have older kids now, but, I was told that teenage years were even more important. If they come in to talk to you about your day you need to stop and listen because the moment and their excitement, or worries, will pass and they won’t be as interested or detailed. I always tried having weekly “PPI” time with each kid.
Taryn Wood says
Such great advice. Thank you, Becky! So grateful to have you with us here at LearnDoBecome!