As I've said in previous posts, I don't typically write resolutions for the new year. I tend to stick with a theme. At the end of the year, I felt like I should focus on being more efficient. So…..
it is…my theme for 2014.
By definition, efficient means capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, design or energy.
I immediately felt challenged to make the distinction from years past when I planned to get organized, be more disciplined, and manage stress better. Ironically, these qualities contribute to being more efficient; but, they can also add to the overall "busyness" that often stresses me out.
For me, being more efficient, means:
- Letting my big kids handle more responsibilities (without micro-managing), so my time and energy aren't wasted.
- Lowering extremely high expectations in order to set attainable goals with achievable results.
- Recognizing that mental energy is as valuable as physical energy. Wasting mental energy will surely affect productivity.
Being efficient is NOT cramming an activity, errand, or responsibility into every 15 minute block on the calendar.
So far, I'd give myself a C+ in this area. We're only three months into the year, and I'm optimistic!