A big part of being overwired is feeling like you are always playing catch up, that your work and responsibilities and to-do list are controlling you, rather than the other way around, as it should be. You should be in control of the things in your life. To do that, you have to get in front of them.
Here a few simple strategies to help you gain control:
- Look ahead and create space. When you can anticipate more than five minutes ahead, you move from crisis management to productive living. Try to think ahead and be strategic. What is coming up?
- Set aside a block of time each morning and evening to get organized for that day, the following day, and the week ahead.
- If you don’t already, start using a to-do list, and remember that this is your list—you are in charge of putting things on it and prioritizing.
- Plan your meetings. Whether they are at work, at school, or with your family, be organized and prepared. Set a time limit and an agenda.
- Schedule backups to your critical data. This provides peace of mind. Maybe back-up your hard drive every Sunday night. Better yet, use a cloud system.
- Learn to say no. You don’t have to do everything people ask of you. At the very least, learn to say, “Let me think about it.” This gives you time to reflect properly on whatever commitment is in front of.
The more order and organization we have, the more we look ahead, the better we become at managing our work and home life. Use these simple strategies to get control.