Are you a juggler? If you’ve ever been a mom or have family, held a job, and volunteered, then you’re a juggler.
I’ve been a juggler all my life. Even now when I don’t work out of my home, and the kids are grown and out and in their own homes, I’m juggling.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to be able to juggle. Some folks just absolutely cannot. But for me now, there are days when the options are just too many. And again, I’m grateful that I have those options.
Have you ever read Steven Covey’s book THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE? I have. Even got the booklets and tried to use the forms. At the time, I was too busy to make it work. You really must be limited to juggling not more than three things to make his system work (IMHO). LOL
Here’s the quadrant Covey devised.
I never could operate out of the Important section on his quadrant. I’m always in the Urgent colums (Q1 & Q 3), Never in the important Q2 and Q4 squares.
I’m writing this on Tuesday. I found some extra hours, which I should be using to continue the downsizing effort. I’ve cleaned a couple of shelves off my desk area the other day, but the main working space is still a disaster. But the deadline for having the desk (and the office, which is mostly Bob’s mess and not mine—at least I’ve attacked the “mine” part. LOL), is two weeks off. This is the goal: Don’t know whether I’ll get there.
Hopefully then, our daughter Kathryn will be able to bring in a photographer to take pics of our house so we can get it on the market, leading to the move to the lakehouse.
But I have to have a blog ready to go for Thursday (today as you read this). I’ll have spent a good chunk of Wednesday at my grandson’s school for grandparent day. Then I’ll pick up his sister from school. So Tuesday is really the best day to get the bulk of the work done on the blog.
Urgent quadrant for sure.
Here’s his book
You probably recognize it. It was a very big deal when it came out.
Like I said, I operate out of the Urgent half almost always. What’s the item on the to-do list with the nearest deadline?
Here’s an example of something I should do and that would save me time in the long run. Clear out my Downloads file. On Tuesday I spent twenty minutes searching for the picture of Covey’s book. I’d downloaded it, but couldn’t find it among all the pics! I have a folder in which I can put used blog pictures (which is what most of these are), but there never seems to be a good several moments to do that because there’s always something more urgent to-do. Like write this blog. LOL
So I’ve confessed, now it’s your turn. Are you familiar with Covey’s book and his tenants? Which quadrant do you tend to work from? How do you manage the variety of items on your plate?
One of the questions I ask my guests Tuesday Author Chats is, “What’s a normal day like for you?” So what’s your normal day like? How good are you at juggling?
Look for updates next week about the Lakehouse, the next book I’m working on and maybe “Eating clean.”
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Wednesday, PS I finished the desk.Looks even better than pic above. 🙂
Yes, I’ve seen the quadrant style…never tried it. I guess I’m not that organized to realize what the difference is between urgent and important! Sounds like you are making great progress in clearing out things for your move. How exciting! I look forward to next week and especially info on “eating clean.” Have a HOPPY Easter!
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Hey, JQ. You’ve nailed the problem with distinguishing between urgent and important. I’m not sure I see how, if something is urgent it isn’t also important. LOL I’ve kept my kitchen spotless for a whole week. (Spotless in there is no mail on the counters and only an occasional glass–not as in clean!) The eating clean thing is working. It’s just not fast, but it strikes me that it’s more sustainable. I’m now beginning to worry that we’re planning on taking too much furniture to the lakehouse. My older daughter was out there with me yesterday and now that lights and appliances are in, her comment was, “Gee, Mom, it sure is small!” So we’ll see. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Marsha, I’ve never read Steven Covey’s book THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE. But the quadrant system seems well thought out.
I’ve also juggled in my day, working and volunteering and home.
You are doing what we will be doing if we decide to move this year and downsize. How big is the home you are leaving and the lake home you are moving into? Are you planning on buying new furniture for the lake home? It’s fascinating how much work you have. (I bet it’s fascinating to you also…lol.) We’ve moved so often and we’ve never really downsized doing it. The movers just came and packed everything up and then we unpacked.
Interesting post and continued good luck to you, Marsha. Just think, this summer you will be out on your dock sipping iced tea. 🙂
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Hey, Susan. “Interesting” is a good word for this downsizing experience. We’re in a 2800 sq ft home going to a 1700 one. What I’m counting on is that the 900 to 1000 that is upstairs is not really where we live. It’s been storage and each daughter and her family has stayed there at different times. Well, one Christmas there was a couple of week overlap, but neither had kids then. I have a living room and a den, but we seldom use the living room, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be okay with one living area. Truth be told, I’m more worried about making my office area work. But whatever. It is what it is and yes, come summer, I’ll be sipping iced tea and enjoying our lake view. Thanks so much for stopping by. When you get ready to downsize, let me know, I’ll share a few tips. 🙂
Another perk on downsizing…after reading the square footage of your new lake house–less area to keep clean!! I hate housekeeping, so that would be very important for me! Even if you have a housekeeper, you’ll save on wages for her!!! You’re gonna love it.
Marsha, I’ll be sure and let you know when we are ready to downsize to learn your tips. I made a mistake in my post, we aren’t moving this year, but most likely will at least put our home on the market, next year. I wasn’t ready for it this year. 🙂
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Not sure we’re ever ready for it, Susan. LOL
I’ve tried many different systems. Some have worked. Some haven’t. I think you have to fit which you use to both your personality and where you are at that point in your life. The one that works best for me now is Alex Ikonn’s Productivity Planner.
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Hey, Regina. I think you hit the nail on the head. At different points in our lives we need different helps. I’m basically a list maker, with periodic bigger picture lists developed throughout the year. 🙂 Glad you’ve found what works for you. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Yes, I read the book, and even kept a “to do” diary, but it seemed to take up more time than it was worth. I do urgent first, then what’s most important. I write first thing in the morning after finishing riding my exercise bike and walking 3/4 mile (if I don’t do it in the morning, I don’t have enough energy and will power to do it later). Unfortunately, I don’t seem to manage my e-mail time as well as I’d like. Carolyn Rae Author – facebook, Royal Wedding Cake