What I like about getting older is that I can set my own priorities. I can manage my time. However, at any time of the day I can change these. It is very liberating deciding what to do and when to do it and when I will complete any given task. Of course, there are risks in this new age of freedom I find myself in. The major risk is the potential to do the things I love and postpone those that are not as appealing!
But, the great wonder of having time, more time than I ever had before is that it is all up to me. I can dedicate time to do a task; delegate a task to myself or my One&Only (O&O). Note the latter is something that can only be done with well-developed skills! I can delay the task or if I decide that my project is a waste of time I can dump it in the bin. Even in retirement I am still putting into the practice the principles I used when I was managing a busy job. I like the DO, DELAY, DELEGATE OR DUMP time management principle. But what I really like about getting older is choice, the freedom to choose when I will do the task, when it is right to delay it, when it is right to delegate and when it is right to dump the task from my mind and life altogether. I am forever making more time and deleting emails before I read them (dump). Another way to manage all the emails is to set aside an allocated part of the day (delay). But sometimes I must get on with it and read them, without any more delay – just do it! Life is full of these moments – the “just do it” moment.
Have you tried the DO, DELAY, DELEGATE or DUMP principle? It is a golden oldie and makes life easier when you have many competing priorities in your day. Still, if you are like me “older and bolder” you can use the principle to embrace the freedom of choice.