It’s going to be a very busy week.
Do you ever find yourself and your schedule to be so packed to the brim that you wonder, “how the heck am I ever going to get everything done?”
If you are anything like me and my business, you most certainly have been in this situation. Maybe many times over.
Well, I have one of those weeks ahead. I’ve got a vacation planned on a red-eye flight on Wednesday night, just after I’ve finished a two-day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, on Wednesday morning, before the conference, I have a meeting I attend weekly. Then, well, that leaves Monday to get EVERYTHING else done.
Phew…yes, one of those weeks.
How do you determine what can and should get done? Do you have a system of values or priorities that you pull from? If you don’t, I’d recommend you come up with some. Without priorities, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and resentful of the less important things.
Here’s my example – on Monday (today), I had a meeting scheduled for which would have taken three hours out of my only full working day. Since my business and my clients are my no. 1 priority, and the conference and vacation are paid for and planned well in advance, this meeting had to happen.
It was not a meeting I could reschedule, it was one I’d have to miss, but to me, it would not have been worth being stressed out the entire time in the meeting knowing I have client work to do or preparation for the conference and travel. I would have resented that meeting and the organization that held it. Instead, I opted to miss it. I’m not a key player in that meeting, nor will anyone except three people (out of 50+) notice my absence.
My clients and my business would notice me being gone, so clients it is!
So, with this busy week ahead, I find myself considering my priorities – for what it’s worth. Perhaps my thoughts will help you come up with your own:
- My family and loved ones. I work to live, not the other way around. If it weren’t for my friends and family, there would be no reason to live. What is the point of having a life without living?
- My business and clients. Without our clients, there would be no business! They are the lifeblood of Cloud Friday and they will never be neglected. The employees of Cloud Friday are just as important. So if I have little time to spend on business, I spend it with my business.
- Educational needs. If you’re not learning, you’re losing. This is a philosophy I heard once, and I truly love it. Read some, then read some more. Go to conferences and seminars. Keep that brain active and expanding.
- Outside organizations. It’s great to be involved with outside organizations. Sit as a Board member, volunteer for a charity, etc. Getting involved with the community will expand your outreach, your network, nd your spirituality.
- Everything else. There are many things that make our lives whole. The hobbies, the housework, the garage projects, the chores, and on and on and on. It’s life!
When I have weeks like I have this week, this is the list I remember and stick to so I don’t get into overwhelm. Here’s how I reduce things to remove overwhelm:
- Sort through my calendar and say, “is this a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5?”
- Ask myself if I’d be overwhelmed if everything stayed as is.
- If the answer is yes, then remove the 5’s.
- Ask again, if the overwhelm would be there.
- If yes, then remove the 4’s.
- And so on, and so forth.
I will never go a week without no. 1 in my life. Period. If on an absolute vacation, I will go without no. 2. Other than that, numbers three to five can go if absolutely necessary.
Now go, and come up with your priority list! But remember, a list is only as important as the paper it sits on if you don’t follow it.
Create it, mean it and stick to it.