Many people think they are working but they are actually “puttering away” at things other than their work (i.e., reading blogs, talking on the phone, taking long breaks, answering personal emails). When it is time to work, concentrate on the work that needs to be accomplished. Push aside all other matters. If you do this, you will be amazed at how much of your necessary work you can accomplish before the end of the day.
Throughout the day, there are many small periods of down time or unscheduled time. By using these 10 to 20 minute periods of time. an amazing amount of work can be done, such as returning phone calls, working on a teaching lesson, or reading through a book. It has been said, “Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes.” Don’t waste these short periods of time being idle or simply drifting. Always carry your work with you. This is a very important principle for busy elders. At the end of a year, these small amounts of time will add up to hundreds of hours of accomplished assignments.
Why is a clean desk and an organized workplace healthy for the mind of a busy person?
Why does a teacher of the Word of God need a good filing system?
Organize your workplace and keep it organized. An organized workplace reflects an orderly mind.
Carry a 3x5 card on you for one week, and record all the small units of time throughout your day in which you putter or idle.