Each day, we have so many to-do’s, it can be really difficult to find the time to get everything done. But what if I asked you the hard question…does everything really NEED to get done? That’s the underlying theme behind today’s post that bravely tells you “You don’t have to do it all”. Sounds pretty scary doesn’t it? I bet you are thinking that “Of Course” I need to get it all done, and sooner than later. I’d like you to ask yourself a few questions when you start thinking that it’s a foregone conclusion that something needs to be done by you.
- Is this a priority for me?
- What will happen if this doesn’t get done in the short-term?
- Can it be delegated?
All of us have a finite amount of resources: time, money and energy. We can choose to use these resources in a variety of ways to get different results. Let’s pretend that you have company coming over this weekend, and you have determined that cleaning your carpets is a priority for you. If we interchange options of our 3 resources types we can come up with a couple of different answers to our problem.
- We have a really tight budget and its most important for us to get this job done without a lot of costs.
Energy + Time saves Money
You decide to do the job yourself (energy) and use regular household items to get the job done which will take a little be longer to do (time) but you will have very few expenses (money)
- Another option is that you still need to save your budget but you know that you only have a few spare hours to get this done.
Energy + Money saves Time
You decide to clean the carpet yourself (energy) but rent a carpet cleaning machine (money) at a local store to help you get the job done faster (time)
- A third option would be that time is in short supply so you are willing to spend some money have someone else get the job done
Money saves Time + Energy
You call a professional carpet cleaning service (money) and set up an appointment for Thursday morning (time) to get your carpets cleaned for the season (energy)
Getting back to the idea that “You don’t have to do it all” I hope that these examples have given you some hope that there are many ways to solve a to-do item. Sometimes it makes the most sense for you to do it yourself, but sometimes there are other possibilities that might make the flow of your life a little less stressful. It’s up to you to choose the solution that works best, at this particular time. And always remember that if something is just honestly not a priority at this point in time, it is within your power to put it off to a future time or (gasp) even delete the to-do from your life altogether.
Take one to-do on your list this week, and try working up 3 options using the Time, Money, Energy equations. Enjoy the power that this “choice” will give you on getting things done this week. I’d love you hear about your choice in the comments below.