Time Management Secrets of Serene Women by Pauline Wiles Each of us has just 1,440 minutes in a day. Into that we must cram work, family, friends, hobbies, health and sleep. Why is it some women glide along serenely and apparently in control, while the rest of us are overwhelmed, consistently late and exhausted? Do you ever catch yourself looking enviously at the friend or neighbor who appears to be doing it all? Have you wondered what her secret is? Here are the truths that serene women have learned to live by.
First...They’re Not Doing it All! Serene women know that everything they choose to do means they must forgo something else. They know that if they decided to they could write a book, climb Mt. Everest or paint their entire house – but not without giving up something else. Chances are your life is already full, so don’t assume you can keep saying “yes” to things and somehow make it all happen. You can’t, and to understand this better try asking yourself what you will need to give up every time you agree to do something. An evening out with friends probably means not catching up on work or losing a bit of needed sleep. Volunteering for the school’s bake sale could require missing your yoga class. There simply is no way to do it all.
Nothing Gets On Their To-Do List Without Conscious Scrutiny Serene women know they can’t possibly begin to manage their time without first learning to value time. They guard this precious resource instinctively, diligently and constantly. Assuming you are already fully committed and quite likely over-stretched, don’t add a single thing to your to-do list without considering the value it brings you. Does the activity lead to long-term gain? How about short-term pleasure? Tasks which meet neither test should be kept to a minimum. If you love to work in the yard or organize community events - great. If not, minimize their role in your life and scrutinize every activity you do to see if it truly deserves its place in your routine. 146
House of Fifty magazine Fall 2012 issue