3 Steps To A Seamless Life
I have been working in an office environment for over 20 years. The best parts of my busy days were spent in a tizzy searching for something I needed or fumbling with too much on my hands. Without fail, I found myself asking, "Where did my pen go?" all too often. So frustrating. It's important that I am able to move throughout my day with confidence, knowing I have what I need with me.
Over the last 5 years, I concentrated on creating a system focused on keeping it together while meeting with clients, traveling to conferences or networking events, and just moving from my desk to a meeting. There is no magic fix; it's a practice - a series of habits and tools that make it possible. Sharing is caring.
Master your schedule: I am the crafter of my schedule and the guardian of my time. I hold myself accountable to accomplish my professional and personal goals. In the "30 Days to an Organized Life Challenge" (#30DTAOL), I discussed the importance of setting your month's goals, events, tasks, and habits ahead of time and reviewing your schedule twice a day to keep on track.
- Link to the start of the program #30DTAOL
Schedule some downtime: I've become a firm believer that my schedule has to have some breathing space in it and since I am the master of my schedule, I create the necessary pauses. I mean, come on, we all have to eat and go to the bathroom, right? Beyond this, when was the last time you sat in 30 minutes of contemplation, injected some play in your day, or took a power nap?
- Glenn Santos penned an article, "6 reasons to schedule free time" that supports the concept of scheduling breathable (or free) time into your schedule
- Great article on quiet time from the Harvard Business Review, "The busier you are the are you need quiet time"
- "At work, play has been found to speed up learning, enhance productivity and increase job satisfaction", read more from Jennifer Wallace, "Play is important for adults, too"
- Sleep. Kevin Joy says, "Low sleep reserves affect your ability to make good decisions ". Read the full article "Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? Get More Sleep"
Pick your essential tools: Decide what you absolutely need at a minimum throughout your day, not the "what If" items that we like to carry, which become bulky and cumbersome. These things live in your office, desk, car, or purse. I'm talking about the items that you already are using every day that help you to be successful.
- Cell phone & ear buds
- Business cards
- Note paper
- Folder for loose papers
- ID Badge
- Power cord
- Water bottle
All of these items except for the last two, fit nicely in the fashionable Journal Mate.