Arriving Just In Time? Get More Done in 15 Minutes
by Louise D'Allura on December 19th, 2013

Have you ever found that when you arrive early no one is there to appreciate it?  

As many Revampers would know I've been upfront about my awesome skills in space organisation, and my learned skills around time organisation - I've struggled with time personally (you can read that post here).

Because it doesn't come naturally I have been a student of it so I can learn and keep learning to share with clients that are like me!  It's a continuous process and I am always improving. 

One thing I have to admit is I have a bad habit of arriving everywhere JUST ON TIME. Now it would be fine if I felt relaxed about it, but I am stressing the entire time...  

Before you give me the advice of just leaving 10 minutes earlier, I've been reading a great book (The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment by Elizabeth Grace Saunders) that has been super fascinating in putting context around the real reasons that change doesn't happen  - You've got look at how my VALUES, and the ordering of those values play a role in my thinking and behaviour, and unless I address THAT things won't change.  

For me:
  • I VALUE completion above a lot
  • I think I can finish or do one more thing before I go, and still get there "just in time."
  • It is a bit of an adrenaline rush - beating a deadline....! 
  • I spent about 9 years working in OHS learning the concepts in manufacturing circles of "just in time" and lean manufacturing WAITING is one of the 7 deadly wastes!
Unpacking my thinking and values helped me to map out what I needed to consider in a NEW RITUAL:  addressing my value of COMPLETION so that I lessen my resistance to getting out of the house earlier so that I don't see arriving early is "wasting time" waiting. 

So here's what I've come up with:
  • boost up the VALUE of SELF CARE = FEELING CALM and RELAXED up the priority order of values
  • Create a few new routines
    • get reminders going so I am conscious of time
    • be more realistic about the tasks I start before I go somewhere
  • Create options around about the things can I do when I arrive somewhere early
    • Checking email doesn't help me achieve my bigger goals, nor does drinking caffeine!
So in my ongoing quest to find things I can do in under 15 -10 - 5 minutes to fire up that energy around 'YAY I have arrived so early I can do xyz', I was delighted to find a clever article on FOUND TIME by Jason W Womack.

In his article The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday, he talks about some of the strategies I'm using - keeping a list of tasks handy - (in my trusty purple project and to do book - projects back; to do's in the front), and using tools like Evernote to store things. For me the time, I'm using the time to read an article that I've saved on Evernote that will inspire a blog post.  While these things may be on my to do list, these will help me achieve my big picture goals of cultivating regular writing practice.  See the article here for full details: The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday

Now, I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me do you struggle with time too or are you super duper at it? PLUS what are those tasks you fit into the 5-10 or 15 minute slots that you have when you arrive early? I would love hear it !!  

If you’ve found this article of interest, please share it with your friends!  I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and share. 

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Debra - January 6th, 2014 at 7:06 PM
Thanks Louise, love the idea from Jason on writing Thank You cards! Corny story for you. Many years ago when one could take sissors and needles on aircrtaft I used to take an item to mend with me while I waited for the plane. I also used to take piles of paper to sort, it's amazing how easy that is when your in a hotel room rather than your office! These days I tend to be a just on time person, Wonder what new ideas I can come up with for 'found time'. :)
Louise D'Allura - January 6th, 2014 at 7:14 PM
LOVE THAT - mending has to be done in confinement! Perfect! Yes going outside of our usual surrounds is something I do love doing too - really helps to make it a less dreadful task. Be sure to keep me in the loop re your "found time" strategies!!
Louise ;)
Cassandra Russell - January 12th, 2014 at 5:02 AM
I am the sort of person who used to be early everywhere for every appointment. But once I started my own business I started that habit of doing just 'one more thing' before I left and then stressed about the traffic.

I use Evernote too and I like the idea of reviewing things on the go.

I tend to have my iPad mini with me and now that I'm back in the habit of arriving early and waiting outside ....nothing worse than arriving early when others are doing their 'one more thing' ;) .... and I will read whatever book takes my fancy from iBooks. I always have more to read than I can ever get through.

Great article as always Louise - thanks. Cass
Louise D'Allura - January 12th, 2014 at 3:24 PM
Hi Cass!
It's that struggle to tear yourself away knowing that there are OTHER EQUALLY important things to be doing too - that aren't right in your face in that moment. That's been my struggle - get that bit of distance, set timers to get me out of "the zone"! Love the idea of the iBooks too!
Louise ;)
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