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Time Management

"Take time to be deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Time is too precious to waste on perfectionism. How often do you feel the FRUSTRATION of trying to get something 'just right,' only to feel your day slipping away from you? Instead of letting perfectionism take over your life, learn to recognize these 3 messages as danger signals and win back your time!

PERFECTIONIST MESSAGE #1

I need to wait for just the right time to get started. What exactly is the RIGHT time? Perhaps you believe the right time will arrive when:

  • You feel inspired;
  • You have more free time;
  • There will be no distractions;
  • There will be no demands placed on your time;
  • Your friend makes good on the promise to help you clean out your garage.

In any of these instances, you are giving yourself the message that something ADDITIONAL is needed before you can begin. This makes you feel less powerful.

TIME-WISE RESPONSE

The right time is right now. NOW is what you have to work with. Schedule the time on your to-do list and start in. Like jumping into in a cool lake, once you take that plunge, you can enjoy the swim!

PERFECTIONIST MESSAGE #2

It is not PERFECT yet. If this is something you often say, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you consider perfect?
  • Is it attainable?
  • Whose eyes are you trying to see the project through?
  • Are you anticipating criticism?
  • Are your expectations for this project realistic or inflated?
TIME-WISE RESPONSE

DONE is better than perfect or It is good enough? Remember that the pleasure of accomplishment increases your self-confidence and satisfaction in your work!

PERFECTIONIST MESSAGE #3

I know I can make it BETTER. You may have certain weak areas. Here is where endless time can be wasted tweaking something until you can't even see it clearly anymore!

TIME-WISE RESPONSE

I will ask for FEEDBACK. This is powerful in 3 important ways:

  • Others can see mistakes and oversights with fresh eyes.
  • Delegating frees up your time so you can move on to your next task.
  • You are embracing others' viewpoints. The more you welcome challenge, the less you fear their responses. This is one of the most powerful ways to fight perfectionism.

CHANGING YOUR FOCUS

Perfectionism is a way you can BULLY yourself into paralysis. Instead, celebrate your power to be productive, and enjoy your success at finding time! What is your next step to enjoy productivity without placing unfair demands upon yourself all the time?

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Dear Amy-

We are happy to write you about Eileen Koff.

Both of us are musicians and teachers; Dorothea Cook is a violinist who teaches in the Community Music Programs at Stony Brook University, at the Knox School, and has a private violin teaching studio; Peter Winkler is a composer and professor in the music department at Stony Brook.

We live in an old house filled with the residue of many years of family life. We had read many books about organizing, but we really needed the hands-on experience of working with a wise and thoughtful professional to turn our good intentions into reality.

We met Eileen Koff at an open house at Innovative Nutrition, the health store in Setauket, and quickly decided that she was what we had been looking for.

Eileen doesn't do your organizing for you. She is a teacher, and a very good one.

One of her important lessons is that it's not just about organizing things. We are learning from her that to be organized, you have to understand yourself, your values, what you love, and what your true priorities are. Sorting all that out isn't always easy, and it can require some serious soul-searching.

The organizing process involves both tangible and intangible things; it involves time-management as well as decisions about what to throw out, what to keep, and where things go.

Like all good teachers, Eileen can sometimes makes you a bit uncomfortable, as she challenges your old habits and ways of doing things. But as she says, it takes the eyes of a stranger to help you see your surroundings as they truly are.

The transformation of our house will not happen overnight, but Eileen is teaching us skills that we will be using for many years to come. Best,

-- Dorothea Cook and Peter Winkler