Is the adage true that busy people always get things done?

When I’m totally busy, I’m most organized, focused and ultimately accomplish much of what I set out to do.  When I have some free time on my hands, much less gets accomplished, and moreover, I feel like I’ve wasted a whole lot of time being unproductive.

I’ve done some reading on the subject, and in a nutshell, it all comes down to planning.

Some of the people I admire most for their organizational skills are the ones that have almost every aspect of their lives planned.  To see them so focused is exhausting to me.  Frankly, I don’t want to be THAT focused (or do I?).    Let’s see…. with some resolve and free time over the Labor Day Weekend, I’m going to plan my busy month of September!    Here’s how:

1) Create an action plan that spells out what absolutely needs to be accomplished during the month, for both work and family.

2) Commit the plan’s activities to specific deadlines throughout the month.

3) Rid myself of the daily distractions, that means having the plan front-and-center every day.

4)  Keep track of my progress.  That feeling of accomplishment when things are checked off is a “high” for me!

In other words, I’m going to plan my work, and work my plan — and get things done.

Wish me luck!


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