I am a fire prevention specialist. I got that title, when I learn that was easy to prevent fire than try to extinguish it.
The last weeks had been insane, the amount of things to do are honestly overwhelming, I know we all ave more things to do than what we can do in a lifetime, but when everything looks like is coming fast, and at the same time, you need to choose, what you are going to do. I had discover, that check priorities, deadlines and things to do is the best way to prevent fire for happening.
I have like a lot of people I know, too many responsibilities, the ones that are impose and the ones I create in my goals and objectives.
When things get crazy, you should slow down, and make sure you are spending the right time on the right stuff, otherwise, all that you are going to do is drive yourself crazy; and that include time to recharge, if you can’t recharge you can move as fast as you need later on.
I have learn, that when things got crazy, you need to stop, and recheck your priorities, and somedays this happen more than once a day. This is were a system can help you. I am a GTDer and have a system that has mature over the years, for the three days I have been doing some king of weekly review three times a day, because there is too much, that is the only way I know I have to keep things in track. The reason this work, is because it help me prevent fires and emergencies, even that has been absolutely insane, I had move forward, and had accomplished a series of important stuff.
Making all this checking, and reviews, allow me to make sure that I am spending the time in the right stuff, when things are this insane, I can trust nothing but the system I had.
So three times a day I check my lists, empty my inbox, and focus on the next. I make sure that I take time to recharge, including new in my routine, exercise at 5:10am before the day start, keeping my extraordinary hour, making sure I don’t have lunch in my desk, but use that time to do another review, read well, review not work, and one before I am leaving home, making sure that I will have time to work more, and recharge.
All this steps, allow me to keep me sane, allow me to keep the fires to get really big, allow me to be a Fire Prevention Specialist. How do you prevent fires in your life?
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