To Do Lists - Where Do You Find the Time To Do Them?
By Sandy Reed

If you're like me, many days are jam
packed with more items on your
"To Do" list than any human could
possibly handle in one day.  

Why do we tend to put ourselves in this situation, when we end up with little or no
time to enjoy life?   Most of us work until 7-8pm, go to bed at 9-10pm, then get up early
the next morning and do it all over again.  Before you know it the week is gone, then a
month is gone, then you're celebrating New Years Eve wondering if you enjoyed the
year that just flew by...

While I'm not a big fan of most time management systems, it's becoming obvious to me
that I need to get a better handle on my work days, not only to get done what I need to
do, but also to learn how to alleviate stress and overwhelm - since they both pop their
ugly heads up all too often.

So in the interest of keeping my sanity, and finding some balance in 2008, here's the
plan I'm using.  You may want to give it a try.

1. Begin documenting each task you do during work hours, including the time you
spend doing laundry, having lunch, and going for a walk.  This definitely sounds
more analytical than I consider myself to be.  You will hopefully be able to tolerate this
extensive documentation for about a week.  This should be enough time to determine
where you may be losing time to tasks that are not helping you reach the goals that are
most important to you - in other words the goals that keep you healthy, happy, and
that feed your bank account.

2. Decision Time!  After a week, analyze where you're spending unproductive time
and make decisions based on your priorities.  This, of course, assumes you know what
your priorities are, which leads to number 3.

3. What do you want?  Many people won't make it through the first two steps, unless
they are ready to live an authentic life.  An authentic life means that when you are
drawing your final breath you will have no regrets.  You won't look back and say, "I
wish I had..."  On the surface it may appear that making money and having a
successful business is what will lead to happiness.  In reality, however, it's how
making money and having a successful business makes most of us feel that leads to
happiness.  What's important is how we feel - more than what we have.  For most
people that includes such things as spending more time with family, friends, and
having fun.

4. What can you give up to get what you want?  Can you hire someone else to do the
things that are keeping you from your priorities?  Can you reorganize, refocus,
reinvent a new system, or just plain quit doing something that's not really that
important?  There is a wonderful feeling of spaciousness in your life when you decide
to give up events, situations, obligations, or even people that are eating into the
precious time you have to do what you really want to do.

5. Make a commitment - to yourself - to take action towards removing what's not
important, what you dread doing, what doesn't make you feel good about yourself
and where your life is going.

I know there are many different ways to approach time prioritizing.  This time next
year, with a whole year of thinking and testing to look back on, I will most likely give
you a new system to consider.  In the meantime, here is a quote by Alice Bloch to put
time into perspective, "We say we waste time, but that is impossible.  We waste

About the author: Would you like to learn more about how building a soul-based business can
create a thriving business that feeds your spirit and bank account? Visit my website at to check out my free "Creating Money" ebook, free articles, and
Soulpreneur Coaching Services. Sandy Reed, the Soulpreneur's Coach, is a business coach,
writer, ex-corporate manager, and co-owns her own successful home-based business.
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