Do More in Less Time – Create a Work Flow
Of course, you want to do more in less time.
However, it can easily become frustrating and leave you with the feeling
of overwhelm and chaos when you aren’t able to accomplish what you
originally thought you would be able to accomplish.
A lot of times this is because there is no flow to your
process. I relate it to putting the ‘ole saying of “putting the cart
before the horse”. As much as we may want to jump to the end of the
project and move on to something else, that just isn’t productive.
A good way for me to relate to a flow or process is when I can fruit and vegetables.
Without following a specific system, all of that hard work will be
lost. To make applesauce, the flow is: cut the apples, cook the apples,
put the apples through the food mill, (while this is going on, heat up
the jars), put applesauce in hot jars, wipe off the top of the jars,
boil the seals, put seals and rings on jars, boil for 10-15 minutes in a
hot water bath, remove. (You get the hint). Leaving out just one part
of the process can ruin all of that work…and it is a lot of work.
A work flow is important to our everyday success. When we accomplish our daily goals we boost our self-esteem and our self-worth.
One other area that requires a positive and proven work flow is when you are handling your paperwork.
Without a paperwork system, papers can easily find a home on the top of
every flat surface through your office or home. Having filing systems
set up is a key to a successful paperwork flow. And, this is way more
than just setting up file folders. Your system must make sense, be easy
to operate and work for your personality.
When you clearly define the flow of your business and/or
household, you will be amazed at the amount of “work” you will
accomplish. People ask me all the time…”how do you do it all?”
I have to admit that it took me a while to develop some of my systems.
This is exactly how I am able to do as much as I do every day. There is
definitely a method to my madness!
Some of my secrets are:
- I plan ahead – working from a calendar is key to staying focused and on time
- I enlist help from family. I don’t have to do it all. Everyone has responsibility.
- I stick to a schedule as much as possible. There are some things
that need to be done every day and other activities that need to be done
- Especially in business, my filing systems are important to stay
organized and positive work-flow. This allows me to find what I need,
when I need it and avoid wasting time looking for information.
- My filing system on the computer mimics my paper filing system.
Defining your work flow will help you maintain a productive household
and business as well as relieve stress. Take the time today to write
down all of the things that you do every day and how you can create a
work flow that works for you.