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Hello you amazing human! This is part 3 of the Juggling Act series of emails. In part 1 (https://mailchi.mp/taptapkaboom/juggling-act-part-1) I explained the idea of writing down everything thatâs on your mind. In part 2 (https://mailchi.mp/taptapkaboom/juggling-act-part-2) I covered assigning a reason why each item is on your list, the difference it will make, and the amount of time it will cost you. But how do we decide whatâs part of our act and whatâs not? We cannot say Yes to everythingâthereâs not enough time. Based on the the list I made last week I like to do the following:
1) I draw/write out my weekly schedule, and fill it with things currently in my juggling act, no matter how small. This is to give me a better understanding of what Iâm currently jugglingâit often reveals a lot.
2) I highlight the things I really want to do on my list, rank them by how much long-term difference theyâll make, and by the amount of joy theyâll give me. I then choose one of them to add to my juggling actâeither on a daily or weekly basisâeven itâs for only 30 minutes at a time. Sometimes itâs an easy choiceâI can do it in short increments, itâs fun, and it will make a big difference! Once Iâve added one and am happy with the time I can spend on it, Iâll see if I can add another. If I canât spend as much time as I want on something, or if I canât add more than one of my highlighted items into my juggling act, I remind myself that I cannot do it all and that itâs okay.
3) I make a âsmall thingsâ list. Itâs filled with one-off items that wonât take long to finish up. This list is often never-ending (I keep adding to it). If Iâm not careful I could spend all my time on this list alone. I schedule roughly 30 minutes a day for going through itâI call it my admin power-half-hour.
4) As I go through this process I begin seeing where I can make time for things I really want to do. I start seeing how saying Yes, especially unintentionally, has meant saying No, often unintendedly, to more important things.
5) I review and make sure there is enough time and space for people and relaxation. And that my schedule isnât jam-packed like a school timetable!
Sometimes I go through this process a few times. I shuffle, trim, and ditch things, before comitting to a weekly schedule. Iâll review every few months, and at the end of big projects. I hope this series of emails help you during this Corona timeâand other times! Many of us will be changing gears and needing to reexamine what our juggling acts look like.
â¤ï¸ Big loves from Amsterdam â Rich from TapTapKaboom (https://taptapkaboom.com)
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