This past week the focus of my Professional Selling class was Goal Setting and Time Management.
Interesting enough, I found myself overwhelmed with a workload that has me working 7 days this week at three jobs, along with volunteering at church, driving my son to hockey practice and a birthday party for my neice.
What a killer week!!! And I admit that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I often take on too much and become overloaded.
Not a habit I would suggest.
Right now my life is travelling in Racing Speed. Which is O.K. for short stints, but I prefer not to travel at this pace for long.
We all travel at one of 4 speeds
- Idling speed
- Cruising Speed
- Racing Speed
- Danger Zone
Idling Speed: This is when we are doing activities that are not urgent and not important. My friend and fellow blogger Jim Estill http://www.jimestill.com/ calls the television “The biggest time waster known to man.” I have also heard it also referred to it as the idiot box because people plunk themselves down in fron of the tube and flick from channel to channel for hours on end. Have you ever started watching a show and all the way through it you kept saying to yourself, “It has got to get better”, but it didn’t. Just think of what you could have done with those 2 hours of your life that you just wasted.
When we spend too much time in Idling speed , we are wasting one of our most valuable resources. Your Time.
“Wasting time is just killing opportunities”
Cruising Speed: This is when you are doing things that are important, but not necessarily urgent. This would involve planning and working on things for the future. This is the area where you are the most productive, because you don’t use as much fuel and put as much stress on yourself when you are going at your own pace.
Racing Speed: We travel at this speed when we are doing things that are both urgent and important. We are moving fast and we can see what benefits completing this task will bring. This is when we are dealing with crisis, pressing challenges or deadline driven projects. Many people spend a significant amount of time traveling at this speed, which will eventually cause them to lose efficiency. A car travelling at increasing speeds does not maximize its fuel mileage. If you find you are spending the majority of your time racing through life, you may want to spend more time planning.
Danger Zone: This is when you are spending time doing things that seem urgent, but are not important. This would involve dealing with interruptions and mail that does not apply to you. Have you ever spent time in a meeting and said afterward, “Why was I there?” This is when you are working hard, but not getting anywhere. When an automobile is pushed too far with the break on it can “Red Line”, which can blow the engine. In our life when we spend too much time in the danger zone, we are putting unnecessary stress on ourselves and we too can break down.
You want to spend less time in the Danger Zone and more time at crusing speed that way you can maximize your productivity and reduce your stress. Just like I plan on doing.