This is just a video I threw together to introduce this little series on time management I'll be doing. I added bloopers to the end. Because don't you want to know what I'm eating?
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
Anyway, to kick things off here, I'm going to tell you what's rolling around in brain as 2013 comes barreling in. These are 7 principles to live by–things I want to define my 2013. Perhaps they might get you thinking about your 2013 too.
1. Avoid insanity.
It was Albert Einstein who defined insanity like this: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Basically, if I'm unhappy with some of the results of my 2012, there's no use in repeating them.
2. Get more sleep.
My grandmother always used to say, "Splash a little cold water on your face, get a good night's rest and everything will look a lot better in the morning." And you know what? Good sleep makes a lot of things better. I want more of it.
3. Pick a system and commit.
I'm a sucker for the latest and greatest app, tool and shiny "next" thing. I must resist. I've spent most of December putting all my notes in Evernote and getting them out of random notebooks, bookmarks and elsewhere. I'm still undecided on the paper vs. online calendar thing though. I like online, but I'm thinking a paper one will keep me more on task. (Commit, Amy, commit.)
4. Ask myself frequently: Is what I'm doing right now getting me closer to my goal?
Despite the handy time management ebook I wrote, I must confess, I have a lot of room to grow here. I think I should print this question out and post it near my desk because honestly? I still waste a lot of time doing unimportant things.
5. Practice "The Daily 10."
I'm sure the catchy phrase "The Daily 10" is not original, but to me it means I want to spend a consistent 10 minutes every day on one project that seems to fall between the cracks. Ten minutes a day. I can do that.
6. Automate it or forget it.
Let's face it, the world has a major case of information overload. Personally, I hate missing things. I hate feeling like I'm missing things. But I'm tired of trying to "be everywhere" all the time. I want to streamline.
7. Live generously.
This has long been my life's motto and I think generosity cures so many ills in this world. Being wholly present when I'm with my husband and children, offering whatever advice I can to those who need it, giving things or money away, not just thinking I appreciate someone/something but actually speaking it–there are countless ways I can live more generously and be a blessing.
Have you gotten Tell Your Time so you can follow along?
What about you? What are your aspirations for 2013? Or, what did you accomplish in 2012 that you are super proud of?
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