Habit is something you can do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.
Last night at my Toastmaster meeting I signed up for the Timer Role. I didn’t really want to do this role because the speakers scheduled always deliver such inspiring talks I like to focus my attention on THEM so I can ruminate over their points during my drive home. But I also want to move on to the Advanced Leadership Program and I need the signature to advance.
Reading through the expectations of my development in the Time Management module, I became disheartened. I’m nowhere NEAR the things outlined in the guide. I can give an off the cuff speech with ease, sometimes having to note that my loquaciousness runs over my 5 to 7 minute time. Ask for the outline of my speech is a whole other story. With the exception of my Ice Breaker speech, I haven’t put the time in to make sure my speech covers all of the things I want to say. I jot down ideas to give myself an idea of what I want to say, but never get around to connecting those thoughts. I deliver my speech, but I KNOW that if I take time to get my speech tighter, I wold deliver a speech that was not just good, but phenomenal.
My horrible organization skills aren’t limited to lack of speech preparation Mount Laundry is the most visible testament. I have had to alter my mornings to do Miss Daisy Duties because the kids were waiting for their clothes to dry*.
Being organized is a habit I need to pick up. My addiction to Judge Judy**, the meticulous way that I prepare my coffee maker before heading to bed, the way I stumble to puff my first cigarette of the day are all things I do without thinking. These are habits I picked up and can execute without much thought.
EFFECTIVE time management is a positive habit I want to pick up. With the nicer weather I seem to be busier than ever. I already know I can be
* I have given both of them a detailed lesson on how to operate both machines so wet clothes from this point on is squarely on their shoulders.