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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Routine in chaos

This week was the annual MOPS clothing and equipment sale. It's one of my favorite events of the year. I work with some amazing folks and I love the friendships that have been forged over the years. However, what this means is that I have to take time off my regular job, find child care of my little one, and still keep up with my online work.

I thought about sharing the details of how early I've had to get up (3-4 hours before my usual time) and that I've been staying up later than I'd like to stay caught up, but the last time I shared my schedule, I scared folks. What I do want to share is how I was able to do it.

I have a system.

A couple of friends and I were discussing FlyLady the other day, and I admit, I'm a reluctant flutterer. Her routines are too structured for me and I have emotional issues with wearing shoes. But she does have a great point. When you have a routine of what needs to be done, it runs a lot more smoothly than wandering aimlessly trying to figure out what's next.

For me, if I do everything in the right order, nothing gets missed. And, when I'm in a time crunch, it's great for prioritizing things that need to get done the most. This part, I stole from Stephen Covey. A long time ago, I read his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I don't remember everything in the book, but the one thing that's stuck with me is the idea of putting first things first. Take care of the most important things first.

Which means when I have other things interfering with all the stuff I have to get done, I look at the most important things, do them, and leave the rest for when I have time. Then, once things slow down, I can play catch-up, finishing the items with the highest priority first, and pretty soon, I'm back to my normal routine.

How about you? How do you handle keeping your balls in the air when you've got that extra one thrown in?


Robbie Iobst said...

Danica when you say the most important things is that like the most important priorities in life like God, family. OR are you talking about whatever is most urgent. :0) This is what I do and it only creates more chaos cause I can NEVER catch up. I need help. I am going to check out the Covey book and the Flylady. If you have any other tips, blog baby blog!

RumorsOfGlory said...

Easy things first, and move on down the list.

Danica Favorite said...

Robbie, I do a little of both... I have to admit, I've let God slide lately, and am feeling terrible about it.

Lucille, that's a great tip. I try to do that too. When you do the easy things, you get so much more accomplished.