You're spending time on tasks you are not usually good at doing.
Activities are taking a lot longer than you expected.
You find yourself complaining.
You're in your 20 percent if:
You're engaged in activities that advance your overall goals and purpose.
You're doing things that make you feel good about yourself - and your contributions to your world.
You're working on tasks you don't like, but you're doing them knowing they relate to the bigger picture.
You're delegating tasks that are difficult for you to others.
But I still have to do it
E-mail. Phone calls. Meetings. The car pool. Errands. Grocery shopping. Just stop and take inventory of how you're doing these things. Can you group activities together, delegate or cut down the amount of time you're spending?
Here are some good nuggets, gleaned from a blog on the Results Junkies Web site:
List unproductive activities and eliminate them - or greatly scale back. Be ruthless. Say no to those things that are robbing you of your time and your life.
Spend most of your time on your most-important relationships. Only a small portion of our relationships give us the most value - generally those with whom we have a strong emotional bond (spouse, family and a few close friends). Spend the majority of your time nurturing these relationships.
Focus on creating more memorable moments in your relationships. The percentages here may be more like 95 percent to 5 percent! From all the time we spend in our relationships, there are only a few moments that give us unforgettable memories. Focus on making more of these.
Stop trying to absorb the information overload in our society today. As opera singer Jessye Norman said, "Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you - and what you need for yourself."
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman and CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm. Reader questions or comments may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or e-mailed to livinglifefu...@arnoldagency.com.