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Where Did The Time Go?

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost all track of time? You have a list of items you want to get done, but then you start putting them off? I have a dirty little secret. Even though I got married nearly 3 years ago (our anniversary is in June), we still haven’t submitted our photo selection, so we have yet to order our professional wedding photos. Horrible, right? Yes! My husband and I just kept on putting it off, and now, here we are, 3 years later, sans wedding photos.

But why do we do this? When someone asks of us, “Hey, did you forward me that email?” we often, inevitably, say “Sorry, I just haven’t had the time.” But really, when we finally get around to doing most of these tasks, it takes us far less time than we anticipated (can anyone say “Dishes”?), and we feel better for having been able to check it off our list. Not only that, but we often waste a lot of our time. We get sucked in to social media websites (yes, I’m a sucker for Facebook, and updating myself on what’s on everyone’s mind), and TV, where we can easily spend 2-3 hours and not even realize it.

So, what are we to do? I suggest that we start off by setting realistic goals. If you make a list of 100 things to accomplish on a Saturday, you probably won’t finish it. And those items that you don’t get around to will simply be put off to another (unspecified) time. Next, delegate a little extra time to each “to do”, so that you don’t find yourself running behind, and if you do, you’ll be able to make it up in other areas.

Also, don’t expect someone else to do it. If you’re creating a lengthy “Honey Do” list, yet your significant other has other plans, you’ll be disappointed. So, make your list, but work together. Explain that you can’t do everything yourself, and that you need help to get things done. When they take on the responsibility themselves (rather than being told to do something), they’ll be much more willing to participate.

Lastly, reward yourself. Perhaps when you’re halfway through your list, watch one program on TV, or update your status (to announce to the world your accomplishments). But keep an eye on the clock! Make sure you limit yourself, and get right back to your “to dos” before you lose track of time. You’ll feel much better when you’re finished, and will be able to relish in the fact that you’ve done all that you set out to do that day.

Now, I’m off to clean the kitchen, the bathroom, order wedding photos, fold laundry…


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