November 25, 2012 in Organization
We all have routines – some work, some don’t.
I have been working really hard lately to get things done. My big project, that I mentioned a few weeks ago, really needed my attention, but the parts and pieces were all over the place.
Deciding that it was important to focus on that task was easy, but getting myself to stop jumping around long enough to accomplish my goal – that was a lot harder. Follow-through requires that we choose our focus deliberately and wisely. It requires effort. I don’t always like doing things that require effort.
So I buckled down and got to work, but guess what I found out? My routine was fighting against me, requiring even more effort than the project itself.
I have always been a solitary planner. I work best with just a laptop, calendar and silence. My preferences, however, don’t fit my lifestyle, so I had resorted to a system of trying to do my project in fits and starts throughout the day. It wasn’t working.
I needed to find a way to match my best work environment with my very real (loud, messy, distraction-riddled) reality.
Enter the wisdom of working during the early morning.
We’ve all heard it a thousand times. Excellent mothers rise before their families and tackle the hardest part of the day before the children awake. *Cue visions of Beaver Cleaver’s mom.* Yeah, right! I don’t get enough sleep as it is! Why would I get up any earlier?
Okay, so I admit it, they were right. (I’m sure this is the same “they” that were right about napping when the baby naps and flossing regularly.) Waking early works for me. I don’t always want to get out of bed, but knowing that I will get a few minutes of uninterrupted time to finally put to rest the projects that have been hanging over my head, truly does make it worth the effort.
I finally finished my project, and I feel great about it.
I have a few more ideas to share that I’ve gleaned over the past 21 days, but while I am gathering my thoughts, I was wondering how things are working for you lately. Are your routines helping our hurting your projects?