Why did I choose this book? I heard Kevin Kruse interviewed on a podcast! I know I’ve written those words before. I love productivity, time management, and leadership books. They give me great ideas and some of them I actually get to use. I feel like there is so much I want to do, so many ideas I want to communicate to the world, but I don’t feel productive or efficient enough to get anything more than the housework done. I do realize that this is just a period of my life that will change. There will be more time in the day to do these things in the future. There already is so much more time in my day than when my children were babies! But I get impatient and want to do something now. I mean, people ran farms and raised children. I think there should be a way to be able to at least read and write a bit each day!
Page 16 He asks, “What do you value most?” That’s what we should be focusing on. It’s probably cliché to say it, but my family is what I value most. I value time spent happy and relaxed with my husband and sons above all else. It’s why I turn down evening and weekend events, or reluctantly go when I can’t get out of them. I have precious little time on this earth. I want to spend it with them, not working on something else.
Writing this I feel like I’m having a small revelation. Why do I spend so much time trying to create some kind of homeschool social thing for others? I feel that they want it. They ask for it. And I want to show them that it is possible to create these things for ourselves without government help. Now that I’ve got something started, I want someone else to take it over and make it something even better, bigger. I want somewhere to be able to direct people who want social gatherings to. But I don’t want to be the social director either. I want to encourage others to take matters into their own hands and create something. Maybe I should step away from people and just write? But then I wonder if my words are getting across to anyone out there.
What is my MIT, “most important task”? It changes daily. Or does it really? Something I need to think about.
Messages, FB, emails. They only distract me from what I have already planned to do. Every message does not need to be answered immediately. There are no emergencies in my world. I can have loads of information up on the internet for people to read at their leisure and then ask me specific questions. I can answer them when I have time.
Revelation: It’s ok when things just don’t get done! Right?!
I really need to schedule a weekly lunch date with a friend. It’s making time for myself to connect with people in person. It’s a way for me to recharge.
Page 95 “…realize that every yes will be a no to something else when the time comes.” There is always an opportunity cost. Nothing is free. It doesn’t mean say no to anything that is out in the future. It means we need to realize that when we say yes, we need to mean it and will be forced to say no in the future. For instance, signing up for soccer ties up our time and we will need to say no to some parties. In our family’s case, signing up for a motocross series and it’s related practices will limit the amount of time we will have for family get-togethers and long hiking days.
Page 126 “Free Days” Days without any kind of work. I need these and I need to work on making them happen more often and not just when I give up on the whole “getting done” idea.
Page 145 Something I think is so true and I have really made happen this last year, “Life SAVERS: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. It’s from Hal Elrod’s 6-Step Morning Routine.
Time management = More done with less stress. That’s why I read books like these!
A TIMER! I need to set a timer more often. I’ve noticed that I tend to get more done between laundry loads because I think, I’ll just keep doing X until the laundry is done and then take a break. I need to do that more often. Set an afternoon timer, one hour of focused time on writing something and then take a break for 15 minutes. It’s worked for cleaning. I bet it would work wonders for my writing.
Page 164 “Mute the phone and turn off notifications” That’s a must from today on. I can’t be jumping up from whatever I’m doing an answering messages from people. It’s going to have to wait.
Watching TV. I used to watch a lot more TV. It came on first thing in the morning. I’d turn on the news and just vegetate while I had a couple cups of coffee. A few years ago I stopped and decided I would spend that time reading and writing. It’s been amazing. Two hours every day. That’s 14 hours a week, 728 hours of reading! In the evenings, we like to watch a couple shows after dinner. That’s also about two hours of our day. I usually knit while we watch TV because I’d rather listen than watch most things. That’s another 728 hours of knitting!
Page 187 I might start to you an app like SelfControl or StayFocused on my phone during the day. I like to have my phone near me. I would like to answer if my Mom or Dad call. I use the calculator, listen to music and talk shows, take a note, or look for information. But then the phone is right there to tap FB or Email and just “see”. Then my mind is there for at least 10 minutes, probably more even after I close it. There are only 1440 minutes in a day, right?!
At the end of the book I wondered about a time-management speaker at a homeschool conference. That would be super helpful, wouldn’t it? I mean, all of us have a hard time being full-time Mom/Housekeeper and now educator as well. I wrote a post about it on my homeschool site. I wonder if I should suggest it to one of the statewide groups?