Where does the time go?
Does it never seem like you have enough time to get stuff
done? Are you one of those people who need lists just to keep
track of your lists? Do you ever describe yourself as a "Jack
of All Trades, Master of None"?
Spreading ourselves too thin is a chronic illness that often
starts from childhood. We either have trouble saying no, or
we get into that mode of thinking where "if I don't do
it, it won't get done." Or we're still chasing after
our dreams, with no real idea where we're going, so keep gambling,
thinking that the "next thing" is gonna be IT.
The solution is not in doing one thing more
not going to get more time, no matter how much you wish for.
What is going to get you MORE out of life, is actually in
First thing to do before going on your Time Diet is to take
inventory. Write down the THINGS you do. That's stuff like
"Work" or "Family." You know, the big
ticket items. Put them across the top of the page, since they're
Next, under that write down your ACTIVITIES associated with
those THINGS. Use as much paper as you need to. This is an
inventory, after all. And no particular order, just however
they come to mind
"write that report"
"feed the dog."
In fact, the activities might remind you of some other THINGS
that didn't come up before.
When you've done that, label it "Inventory" and
set it aside.