Here at the Little Wife household, I've been very mindful lately about being efficient- especially since I'm taking 14 online credits to finish up my degree this semester!
One of the things that I've noticed about myself is that I thrive on plans. Left to my own devices, after finishing a task (like a chapter of my homework), I'll check Facebook. Or Pinterest. And then I get sucked in, and an hour later, I'm kicking myself for wasting time that should have been much better spent. So then I work on another chapter of homework... and when I'm done, it's back to the Facebook. Or Pinterest.
It's not that I don't want to move on to the next thing, that's not the problem. The issue is that I'm not always sure what that next thing should be. Should I fold laundry, or should I read another chapter? Should I work on my Algebra homework, or should I clean the bathroom? That little bit of indecisiveness leads to procrastination, and that is definitely not being efficient.
My solution is to make a schedule. I have a small piece of cardstock paper (actually trimmings from when I made my wedding invitations), and I write, to the minute, my schedule for the day. It also helps that I know how much I can handle. After an hour staring at the computer doing Math, I need to get up and move a little! I plan small breaks into my day to allow me some "up and around" time.
Here's today's schedule:
6:30- Devotional time, activity with the hubby
7:30- Breakfast, clean up dishes, put away clean dishes
8:15- Dance workout!
9:00- Shower and dress
9:30- Start laundry, wipe down kitchen counters
9:40- Look for last resource- Lit paper
10:00- Algebra Ch.2 section 4
11:00- Switch laundry, sweep kitchen floor
11:15- Lit Reading- first piece
11: 50- Take out garbage
1:00- Algebra Ch. 2, section 5
2:00- 15 minute tidy up
2:15- Finite Math
3:15- Fold and put away laundry
3:30- Lit Reading- second piece
4:00- Lit Discussion Responses
And it goes on. You get the picture.
Now instead of wasting time (and falling into avoiding everything by sitting and watching TV when I just can't decide what to tackle next), I make a list in the morning, or even the night before, and make a schedule for my day. No more inefficiency! And boy, does it feel good to cross stuff off my list!