Spot Check

Life gets away from us. Time flows so quickly, a year is gone before we know it. We are dealing with so many right-now needs that we don’t realize all that we are doing over time. Emergency mode can take over and planning fades to the back.

Our focus on big responsibilities can be hard to keep. We know some things are important, but making time can be hard. Dragging our eyes off the crisis to the crucial is difficult. Keeping priorities front and center is usually hard work.

One thing that will help is regularly taking time to regroup. It may only be a few minutes — on a car ride, maybe, or while washing dishes — but it will be good for you. If you can grab a little more time, look at your calendar as a prompt.

  • How are you really spending your time? Does that match up with your priorities?
  • Have you added a lot of stuff that you didn’t plan on? Do you have room for that or do you need to look at saying “No” to something for now?
  • Are the tools you use doing what you need, or do you need to find something that works better?
  • Do you need help?

Sometimes you find something to change, and that helps you going forward. Sometimes you find that your time is being used well for that to which you are called today. Take that encouragement and walk on. Either way, spot checks give you confidence that you are not letting “life” get away from you, that you are managing your time and activities wisely.

Just Doing It

There’s a lot that can be said and done to help us with task or time management. Tips and tricks abound. Structure matters. Tools make a big difference. So we think more is better and keep searching for the ultimate magic trick that will make it all happen with the wave of a wand.

But ultimately it comes down to simply doing it.

Once you have a good set-up, it is up to you to follow through. Once you have a good, solid plan, it’s time to work the plan.

The good news is, you can. You have what you need to do what you are called to do. So motivate yourself with that truth.

The other good news is, it will be worth it in the end. Your effort matters. Once you put in the work, you can enjoy the benefits. After you make the habits, you can rest in the rewards.

But still…

You just have to do it.