I always feel that there is never enough time to do all we want to do. I have come to accept that it will always be that way. We will never be completely “caught up.”
On Mondays, I have the day off from my surgery practice and I work in my home office. I almost always think I can accomplish more in a given day than ever gets done. Although my to-do list never gets completely finished, there are some days that end up being more productive than others. I started to think about why that was? What was I doing on those days that made them “work” better for me? I made it my quest to hone it down and distill it into some tips.
I had a great discussion at the end of my day in the office. I was bordering on exhaustion but sometimes great conversation can really provide an energy boost. I had just completed a good but tiring day. There were interesting patients, positive feedback a few laughs with the great people I work with and a productive day of seeing consults and doing some laser surgery.
I was finishing off some paperwork when a couple of the pharmaceutical reps knocked on my door. They wanted to have a quick chat. We got to talking about the challenges of being working mothers
He who fails to plan is planning to fail. Winston Churchill
Jazz music was the backdrop of my upbringing. The central meeting place of my childhood home was our family room. The family room would be more appropriately described as the music room and I can still feel the red shag carpet under my feet and the drum sticks in my hands as I look around at posters of Miles Davis, Buddy Rich and Ella Fitzgerald.
My parents had every vinyl record of every jazz great known to man. This incredible music was playing constantly in our home and became the fabric of my life. Recently my brother in law (not a jazz buff) said to me, “How can you like this music, it just sounds like they are warming up?” He fails to appreciate the spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role. Whether you love this music as I do or not, it could be considered a metaphor for how to approach goal setting. Let me explain.