I wear a lot of hats in my life. Besides being a husband and father of 4, I run a bootstrapped start-up, my personal website, this blog, lead worship at my church, lead bible study, play gigs when asked (I stopped full-time gigging a while ago), play ice hockey and the list goes on and on. Did I mention I also work full-time as a programmer for another start-up financial technology company?
My schedule would be overwhelming for most people. At times I need a break myself. I would not be able to manage and excel at all of these things if it wasn’t for good time management and being able to focus on the task at hand.
Do one thing and forget the rest
I used to have such a hard time keeping my mind from wandering on what was coming up. I would be in the middle of something really cool and be thinking of my plans for the next day. It annoyed me so much that I made it a point to stop.
Now, I stay focused on what I’m doing. I refuse to think about work while I’m playing “restaurant” with my 3 little girls. I refuse to think about what’s going on tomorrow when I’m throwing the lacrosse ball with my son. I want quality time. Not just quality time with my family but in everything I do.
Aim small, miss small
If you have a lot on your plate then write it all down as a list and do the first thing on it. Forget the rest for now. As Mel Gibson said in the movie The Patriot, “steady… steady.” You’ll hit your target if you focus on that one thing. Give yourself 5 minutes today to get started.
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