This is a guest post by Susan Brennan
I have come to realize that while there are plenty of opportunities to hit the snooze button, there are far more things that come to pass when hitting the snooze simply isn’t an option. Life happens. It happens whether or not you’re ready, regardless of if you’ve planned for it or not.
I believe that time is one of our most valuable assets, and I think it should be filled with things that we enjoy! There are, of course, just certain things that need to get done, and we can’t avoid them.
However, I’ve come up with a trick to keep my schedule in line and priorities in order.
- I no longer hit the snooze button.
- I don’t use the snooze on my alarm in the morning.
- I don’t hit snooze on my calendar reminders when they pop-up.
This has multiple benefits:
1. I address things as they are scheduled to ensure that they get done.
2. It makes me very judicious in what things I actually schedule into my calendar. If I know that I am not going to hit snooze, I am much more likely to decide before putting something into my calendar whether or not it deserves my time.
3. I end up getting more out of my day because I’m not delaying its start by hitting snooze in the morning.
This has created a renewed sense of appreciation for all of the people/activities in my life that I choose to spend my time on. I encourage you to consider trying this method, or share with me other methods you’ve tried that have really worked. In order to enjoy your time more, you need to know when you have free time, and you need to know what your schedule looks like.
If you’re spontaneous, or not much of a scheduler, I would encourage you to still look at how you spend your time and decide if it really deserves your attention or not. If not, and you decide that it still needs to get done, there are so many options available to you. Let me know if you get stuck and we’ll come up with a solution together! May you have many years filled with precious time to use as you please!
Susan Brennan is a speaker, personal assistant and productivity enthusiast. You can learn more about her and how she helps people Be Productive Vicariously, by visiting her website at www.consideritdonepersonally.
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