Is Your Life Under
Do you ever feel as if your life is controlling you and not the
other way around?
Do you ever want to shout ‘Stop!’ and take charge of the way you
manage each day, week,
month or even year?
If the answer is yes, then we have something in common. I often
get the impression that
I live according to other people’s agendas; family, friends, work
colleagues and even strangers.
I’ve tried a wide range of different organizational tools, but
nothing seems to improve the
situation. I use a paper diary for day-to-day appointments and a
weekly /monthly planner to
set my short-term goals. I use online software to keep track of
the hours I work on certain
projects and digital project files and ‘to do’ lists, but I constantly
fail to meet my expectations
and personal deadlines.
Life has a habit of getting in the way. It could be a favour a friend
asks of me (who can refuse
a friend in need, right?) or a family member has an ‘urgent’ problem.
Social events appear out
of nowhere and new work tasks come up that need to be dealt with. It
seems that other people’s
priorities also have to be mine and saying ‘no’ without offending is a
skill I haven’t yet mastered.
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