Recently a concept of coping with the many juggling balls of life revealed itself to me. How often do the many ‘things that ought to be dealt with NOW’ end up by being far too many things to cope with? All of them being tossed haphazardly into the air, like 9 juggling balls, and each and every one of them coming crashing to the ground, uncontrolled completely.
Simply by prioritizing each ball, and picking up the most important ball by itself, juggling this one ball becomes EASY!
In the example I found, each ball gets assigned a $ value. One of $1000, three $100 balls and five $1 balls. You are told that if you can control the balls for one whole minute, you get to keep the $ value of all the controlled balls. With my juggling skills being virtually non-existent I am simply going to pick up the $1000 ball, and hang onto it for a minute. It’s a no-brainer!
Why bother trying to cope with all the balls at one time!? Not all of the tasks that are the juggling balls you are considering managing today, are of equal value. By picking the most important one, the ‘$1000 ball’, and leaving the less valuable ones lying where they are, there is absolutely no difficulty in achieving the ‘hold’ of the ball for the extent of the task. The other balls aren’t going anywhere, they are there to tackle one at a time later on.
The trick is to write down in one place all the tasks, (balls), therefore identifying them, and selecting the most important one to deal with by itself. The rest of the ‘balls’ will be there, written down when it is time to move on to the next task for the day. The less important balls can be totally disregarded, forgotten, and ignored!
I have found this method to be particularly helpful with regard to making it easy to stay focused on the ‘job at hand’, and eliminating the problem of being distracted by each and every thing I come across which requires my attention! When I see something that needs doing, I can just recognize that it is not in any way related to the $1000 ball I am holding currently, and it is EASY to ignore it, and move on with the task of holding onto the single ball until the end of the task.
I found this information at Passion Planner website from a pinterest pin. http://www.passionplanner.com
To hear more regarding being distracted, not focusing, or ‘job at hand’, stay tuned! Follow me because this week I will endeavour to post more along these lines! (I have now selected the ball to hang onto for posting this week… can I hold onto it long enough to complete the task?? We will find out!)