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Do yourself a favor, get this book!
on November 27, 2007
A really good book. This book offers practical, actionable, easily implemented everyday things that make your life run smoother. After reading the first chapter, I started using some of the suggestions. They are practical and on the mark. The first thing I did was buy a daily day planner. I was working with a monthly planner for school activities and appointments. With the new planner, as suggested in the book, I planned my week by the hour and included meal ideas. ( When I plan a week's worth of meals, it also gives me a clear shopping list!) It's like a new world opened up to me.
While scheduling my days by the hour, I realized that I'm much busier than I thought, but still found slower sections of the day. (As a mom, you know you're busy, but once you write it down it becomes impressively busy.) Prior to writing it down, I would go through time periods where I would sort of float along, attending to household needs when they arose and then get hit with with work that needed to be done at once. (Like everyone is out of clean clothes and I have 6 loads to do or I'm asked to do a freelance job or worse ... unexpected company!) Now I'm scheduling everything (as suggested in the book), which helps to create balance and provides time management. I also schedule down time! When I was working in an office, I would schedule every minute to maximize output, but when I'm at home, I just didn't think it was needed. I was wrong.
The end result: I'm accomplishing so much more but feeling like I'm doing less... and I feel more accomplished. For example, after planning my day today, I was able to start a wall covering home improvement project, shred 2 yrs worth of paperwork, complete Christmas gift purchases online for my kids. I've also started the organization/clearing out my office ( using the CPR method described in the book). I've also completed the usual stuff that's required: drop offs, pick ups, lunches, dinner, playtime with kids, a work appointment, many phone calls, and four hours of "work". And I'm only half way through the book! Do yourself a favor, get this book!