When you do one thing at a time, you will get more done–faster. I know that sounds crazy. By focusing on one activity, you will accomplish the task more quickly and have fewer errors.
Try it and see for yourself.
As an example, take balancing your checkbook. It can be a tedious exercise, because you have to pay close attention to what you are doing.
At my bank, I simply call their 800 number, get logged into my account and go from there. I get routed to my checking account. Next, I listen to the latest five entries in my check register. This automated system tells me if the entry is a withdrawal, deposit, or transfer of funds, etc. With pen and paper in hand, I note each entry on a sheet of paper. After I have written down as many entries as I want, I hang up the phone. Then, I compare my check register against my hand written list. I put a check mark next to each entry that has cleared my account on both the check register and my hand written list. My method IS a little cumbersome. Most people would cringe at the thought of doing this!
For those of you who bank online, you may fine your process simpler than mine.
The object is to check your statement frequently, rather than waiting until the end of the month. This way, it takes less time. Plus, you can easily spot any errors and then quickly resolve any issues that arise.
Make it a habit to do one thing at a time. Do the given task without trying to stir a pot of soup on the stove, help one of the kids with their homework or engage in a long distance telephone conversation..
Are you one of those folks who always dream about living a simpler lifestyle?
When you find yourself running helter skelter–just stop and only do one thing.
When driving, turn OFF your cell phone. Concentrate on driving. Are your passengers talking a mile a minute, causing you to become distracted? Ask them to keep the noise down. So many automobile accidents could have been prevented had the driver been able to hone in on driving, rather than by being distracted by loud noises. There is nothing wrong with asking your passengers BEFORE everyone gets in, to keep conversations quiet.
Think of ways you can start doing one thing at a time at home and the office.
If your schedule is already jam packed, just say no, the next time someone asks you to sign up for a committee or activity. I promise you. It may be quite hard to do at first. But, as you get the hang of it, you will notice that you have more free time.
That simplifies your life.
Are you busy driving the kids from one after school activity to another? Ask yourself and them how much pleasure they get from them. Sometimes, nobody really likes the activity and are just doing it because their friends are doing it. They don’t want to miss out on anything. All of you discuss it. Let them decide whether the activity is high up on their list of things they want to do. If it is low, then ask them if they are willing to stop going. Explain that you are feeling overwhelmed by driving them here, there and yonder. By working as a family team, you may all create a simpler lifestyle.
The above photo is of Sparky, a Peregrine Falcon, rescued by The Avian Reconditioning Center, http://www.Arc4raptors.org, Apopa, FL and me.
All attendees, children and adults alike, enjoyed meeting Lucy, a four year old Eastern Screech Owl; Henry, a Barn Owl; Sable,a Short Tailed Hawk; and lastly, Sparky, who stole the show.
See what you can do with your newly found free time–when you do one thing at a time!
Thanks for dropping by. Kathleen