As more you’ll do now, as less you’ll need to do later

Hi guys,

When I’m starting writting this post, I am on my way home. When I came to work for the first time after my holiday, I wanted just to sit and cry. I haven’t been there for three weeks, so in first two weeks they’ve got my job done, but last week have been waiting for me. Literally, when I saw it, I wanted to take my stuff, go home and never come back. But I’ve stayed. For all this time I’ve been working 12-16 hours a day and today, finally I’ve finished almost on time (only half an hour later).

But why am I talking about it? Because while I was talking to my cousin, she has asked me, why am I working so much. I could just take my time and keep catching up little by little. This is some kind of solution. And not too bad. The only problem is, that I am going to start my uni in October, so I will be missing two days every week. And if I wouldn’t be able to get up to date by this time, my work-life would become a real nightmare.

All this disscution made me remember, what my parents kept telling me when I was a child: “as much you’ll do now, as less you will need to do later. If something will come out out of the blue, what you should have done yesterday, this will be the only thing.”

And to be honest, just now I’ve realised how true it is. This time there isn’t any new task which have joined my to do list, so today I can go to bed without tons of things to do in my head.

Ok, and one more thing: in one post, quite long before I’ve left for holiday, I’ve been telling you, that I am trying another technique to make planning my work better.

First I will quickly remind you, what all of this was about:

You need to write down all your task, no matter how big or small they are. Next step is to label each of them with one of four groups:

1. Urgent and important;

2. Urgent, but not important;

3. Not urgent, but important;

4. Not urgent and not important.

As you do this, you need to do all tasks according to numer of group starting from first one. And all tasks from last group, you need to delegate or if they are not time consuming, you might do them on your own, but only if you have enough time. You can resign of them, as well (they aren’t important, are they?).

Here are my conclusions:

  • Method is ok, but not perfect for me. It really helped me to realise, what shall I accomplish as first (as before I was trying to do, what was easier for me). That made me finish my urgent task first, so they haven’t become overdue;
  • What hasn’t work for me, is fourth group. Well, I had some tasks, which landed there, but at the moment I can’t afford to delegate them to anyone (as it’s equal to paying salary to someone). I couldn’t just throw them away from my list, as they would become urgent at some point. So as a result, I had to work on them any way. Same amount of work stayed for me.
  • But if I would have my own company (and what more important: people I can delegate some tasks), this method, if combined with some other, would be perfect for me.

I thing, that I will use this method any way. Only to get a view, what is to be done really quickly. Now, I am going to give it a try, when combined with one more method. And after having any opinion, I’ll let you know about method (as I haven’t choosen any yet) and how do they work together.

But for now I will finish this post, as everything I wanted to share has been written. I hope you took some time to rest a bit during your holiday and as always, I wish you very productive day.

Daria

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