I have a huge goal this year to be on time. My biggest challenge seems to be getting out the door each morning to get to work and start creating. There is a deadline each morning that I seem not to be able to accomplish. So just like any design project, I have decided to conquer my “time challenges” once and for all.
These tips can apply to any project, (design related or not)and so far, so good.
Breakfast time seemed to be the biggest time suck in our household. I helped my little ones make a menu of breakfast items they want each day. Once they have chosen what they want, there isn’t such a desire to whine or complain that what is being served is not their favorite. Each morning breakfast last week was eaten with a smile and they were bragging about how great it is now that Mom makes their favorites.
2. SCHEDULE TIME FOR EACH TASK:
Part of the problem with not being on time includes not alloting enough time for each task. Often I would wake up at 5 AM and still be late to the office. I tried to fit in every imaginable task into that morning and still ended up being late. Now, I list everything and how much time it takes to determine what I can and CANNOT accomplish. Plenty of time for a workout, breakfast, kids to school and the Mr. Beckley puppy routine each morning. And now making the bed. But that’s ALL…..no organizing the mail piles, writing a thank you note or other distractions I often tried to fit in.
3. PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME:
Each night we are packing our backpacks, gym bags and work bags (hubby too). Healthy snacks and lunches are also prepared ahead and are prepared according to a menu approved by the family. With everyones signoff its no longer a discussion about preferences, just a quick stop by the refrigerator and off we go.
4. CALENDAR IN ADVANCE:
Each week we discuss what is happening on the schedule, plan our meals and prepare for any changes in advance. By having this communication ahead of time, it helps keep emergencies to a minimum. I love going to bed on Sunday night with a plan created for the week.
Can you see how each of these steps could make for a smoothly run interior design or remodel project? If you calendar your life the way you calendar your projects when Designing on a Deadline, it will make a huge difference. Last week went off without a hitch and I can’t wait for this to become just a normal part of our routine. I want to be on-time for my life and not frazzled when I arrive.
I would love to hear your tips for arriving on time full prepared for your life in the comments….I may even feature them in an upcoming blog post!