“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
What’s the last thing you think before going to bed? Most people think of what they didn’t get done today. Why are we all so busy that we can’t complete tasks in a normal 8 hour day? Is the economy so bad we have to work longer, faster and more efficient? Or is it that our days are filled with issues that are out of our control? I write a list of stuff to do and number them from most important to least important. Most of the time there is quite a few tasks that are always on the list numbered at 9 or 10. They never get done. The 80/20 rule comes to mind here. (20% of the effort produces 80% of the value or more often 80% of your effort produces 20% of the value) The problem for me, like most people, there are things outside of our control that slow the day down. The manure spreader breaks and I spend a couple hours fixing it. I should buy a better one, but a manure spreader is pretty low on the list of equipment to buy. In reality it would improve my time management by purchasing one, but it doesn’t hurt that bad yet. Actually when I parked it tonight the wheel was squeaking so loud it scared a couple horses.
How do you keep your squeaky wheels from lengthening your day?