What I’ve discovered in life is that there is only 24 hours in a day, so how are we suppose to fit in everything, plus work, plus family, plus friends, plus have a life. Then there are certain tasks out there that you just do not want to tackle, because you know it’s going to go badly in some way or another.
The fabulous five is about diminishing all that so that you have the time to do other things in your life that you want to do and isn’t on your phenomenal to-do-list. What it is about is allocating only five tasks in a day, that’s all but when I break it down it’s more like work for four and play for one.
When you allocate yourself an achievable time to complete the task then you will need to give yourself 100% focus when doing the task. It’s what Robin Sharman says in his book, it’s focus management more than time management. So get rid of distractions and give yourself that time, what you may find is that when you focus on that task at hand, you may complete it sooner than the allocated time which then gives you more time for yourself.
Reward yourself after each task, get a coffee, play a quick game on your phone something short but fun, this will help reset your mindset, for then next task. I prefer to do a quick visualisation of what my next task is and how it will be achieved and what energy I will need for it.
Firstly - the task that takes priority of the others, this the most important task that needs to be handled sooner than later. By getting this important task done before tackling any other task will give you a sense of fulfilment. As they say nobody is too busy it just a matter of prioritising.
2. Falter - this is the one you just don’t want to do, that task that you hesitate in doing. When you complete this task, you will be satisfied that you have done something that you really didn’t want to do in the beginning but now it’s done, you won’t have to worry about it again. “You may delay, but time will not.” - Benjamin Franklin, Once this task is done the other three tasks for the day will be so easy.
3. Fair - Middle of the list, this is the task that you may say to yourself, nearly there may do something else. Prevent getting distracted by other things, you may be halfway there but the reward at the end is the best.
4. Finally - the final task that you have allocated to do for that day. When completed and you look at the time and see that you have completed all tasks before the expected time, don’t add anymore tasks for you to do, leave them for another day. In fact you may have a little time of what needs to be done the next day.
5. Fun - yes this is time allocated for you to do something for you. Have a bubble bath or watch a movie, go for a walk, catch up with a friend, or just relax in quiet. This time is all about you and what you want, look within yourself to see what it is that you want to do, listen to your mind, body and soul. You are the best compass of what you need to do to recharge your batteries.
This is guideline which has helped me reduce my stress in everyday life also it made me throw out the to-do-list. I get so much done in the allocated time that I end up having more time, where you can spend more time with your family or friends, without that feeling of guilt when you have that list in the back of your mind.