Life's crazy, right? Long hours, always more to do & there's often a laundry list of things that you wanted to get done and couldn't. If that sounds familiar to you, then you'll benefit from this article.
Existence has its own chores attached & that has no small impact. It is the way of things, and that will not go away in entirety, no matter what you do. The more relevant you become in a number of circles, the greater the demands on your time will become. As these responsibilities grow, so too does your network and the extent to which you must manage all assets within your sphere.
This management is difficult. A full dance card will have hubbub aplenty attached, and there will always be more you could do. Minimizing the time you spend on unhelpful distractions can be a huge boon, and this is something of a two part process.
The first part of this is prioritization. I'd recommend creating lengthy to-do lists as a means of beginning to ascertain what needs to be done to overhaul your life. Write down EVERYTHING, no matter how small or how faraway it seems. As you go through your day, cross off the things you get to and add the things you'd been inspired to do.
At the end of the day, make a list that compares what you've gotten done with what you would have liked to get done. Then, look closely at the two and see what kind of patterns emerge before you.
How many of those things are in the "absolutely must do!" pile? What about the "oh, that would be fun!"? And the "trivial, yet emotionally fulfilling."? See how these stack up, and then make a new list.
This list should contain the new to-do's that need to be handled as well as what you didn't get to the day before. Follow the same pattern of writing down, crossing off, then categorizing your successes at the end of the day. Do this for a week and keep your notes.
When the end of that week comes to pass, look at everything in your seven to-do lists. What have you had to do every day this week? What extra things did you take care of? How many of them were necessary for survival, and how many of them brought you some manner of joy? This will probably be depressing at first, but it can be a useful pint to come to understand.
You'll likely find yourself veering heavily towards one category or another, and as you find these little tidbits about yourself out, try to determine how much time you spend doing each of these things. Then look at how your day compares in leisure to work and consider how and where distractions would have cropped up to keep you from being more successful. Write all of these things down, as that's what you need in the next are.
When you've got that list in mind, that's the one we need to pay attention to, as this tells you where you can work towards improvements. Each distraction you encounter in a given day is a point that you can focus on with magic to smooths your daily process. If there are any glaring difficulties you have, such as feeling like it takes you too long to get ready in the morning is something you can work to improve with both intelligent action and magical intervention.
For instance, let's say you've got meetings taking up all of your time at work. Why not work to increase the expediency of and clarity derived from your board meetings? Do you have a waspy boss who loves to helicopter around you & micromanage? If so, you can enchant for a bit of space in which to work more effectively. It might seem a little odd to do magical acts like that, but in all seriousness I implore you to start thinking with this in mind.
This process can take some around time to perfect, but fielding less distractions can lead to an increase in productivity and directly effect your sense of satisfaction derived at the end of a day. Everything in your life fits together like cogs in a machine, and sometimes that means that you need to add a little bit of lubricant to make things move more smoothly.
As these processes begin to smooth themselves out and work in your favor, you can then begin to handle the things you've wanted to do and needed to do but couldn't. Sometimes, these things take time and need to be adjusted for, but it's well worth doing. Being less distracted and delayed is a serious blessing that most folks overlook until they're mired in friction.
With that in mind, work to decrease this friction and amazing things can happen. ;)