Do you often meet yourself coming in the door as you are once again leaving? In this GO HARD or GO HOME world we rarely find enough time to get ourselves dressed... we are trying to get more done in less time and would you do it YESTERDAY already? Between working as a full time nurse, working on and growing my business, getting in my own fitness, getting in family time, keeping up the house I often struggled trying to get everything done (and I don't even have kids yet!) - some days I would wake up and my mind was already spinning before I got out of bed! Wondering where to start I would find myself not getting anything done! So? How have I overcome this?
I have come up with a few tips that have helped me overcome the head spins. Of course there ARE days, but I have found that if I stick to these tips I do very well! I hope that they will help you too!
1. Get a planner that works for YOU and get one you will USE and stick to! I used to be one of those people with the best intentions: buy a planner, use it for a few months and then it would hide in the bottom of my bag UNUSED. It can't help you if you don't use it! My planner of choice is the Whitney English Day Designer. Each day has it's OWN page and room to plan out your day HOUR BY HOUR! Also has a monthly calendar with plenty of space. Each day has a daily quote and a place for a daily gratitude, what you are making for meals and a spot to list your three daily priorities. I can't speak enough about this planner! Target even has a version now! I order mine online through Whitney English - check her out! It is worth the investment and has helped me bundles.
2. Make a list - but not too long. If you write down 15 things you MUST do In a day you WILL freak out. Been there. Maybe list out all these things to do that week - and break it down into smaller bundles of things to do each day. Write down FIVE things per day and make THREE of them a PRIORITY. Things come up! Don't get down on yourself if not everything gets done! Life goes on....I promise. If I'm having a hard time sleeping, making a list for the next day before going to bed has helped! That way it is out of my mind and down on paper.
3. Start your day with personal development: this has been life changing for me. No seriously - I'm not being overly dramatic. (this time anyway) I take TEN minutes at the least EVERY SINGLE MORNING for a reading. I have read a TON of books this way in the past year! I tend to be interested in books that are motivating, about leadership and business, devotionals, etc. Choose something that you want to learn more about. It sets my mind in a good place for the day!
4. Move yourself and get up your heart rate! It is a FACT that exercise makes your more creative and more productive. It goes those GOOD vibes going and makes you FEEL GOOD! I have SOOOO much more energy on the days I work out! Make it a goal to get your heart rate up at LEAST 5 days a week. This does NOT have to be a formal workout and does not have to be 30 minutes at once! Go for walks throughout the day, take the stairs, take the farther away parking spot, but whatever it is GET YOUR HEART RATE UP. I can't stress this enough. Find an accountability partner that shares this same goals - it helps so much when you have someone else to move with - you can't skip out on your friend! Need one? Email me :)
5. Develop systems - I am CONSTANTLY developing systems for myself to save myself time in the long run. Systems are a SCHEDULED way of doing a task so that you do it consistently. For example: in my business I have created my own "Power Hour" These are tasks that I MUST do every single day. I made a list on a mini chalkboard and keep it on my desk and I work through that list every day! It reminds me what I need to get done. Sometimes it takes me an hour, sometimes more and sometimes less. And I don't always do it all at the same time - but no matter what I get it done! You could make your own power hour list with things you do every single day!
6. Multi-task SMART - I once heard this: pair a mindful activity with a mindless activity. I do this all the time! To get in my personal development i'll listen to a podcast while on a run or in the shower. Don't do everything at the time same - its actually counter productive. But by pairing simple tasks together you can do more. Ex: Food prepping: get your meat in the crockpot, while boiling eggs on the stove and cleaning and cutting fresh veggies and fruits. You could be listening to a motivating podcast at the time same! Multitask. But make it SMART.
7. Slow down to speed up - this kind of goes along with #6 on the list. If you are doing something FOCUS on it. Be intentional with your actions. I have found that I need to DECIDE what I'm going to focus on in the next hour (or block of time) and just DO it all distractions put aside. Don't' rush through it. Focus on it and enjoy each thing you are doing! If you are rushing through your life what fun is that anyway? PLUS you most likely are going to do it poorly. SLOW DOWN and you will do more in that set block of time.
8. Fuel yourself right. If you aren't already - start paying attention to what you are putting in your body and how much of it. Are you eating to fuel yourself for the best you? Or are you stuffing your face with crap! Are you eating enough? Or are you eating too much. MAKE time for meals and snacks. Drink water. Eat your greens. (where are my shakeology people at?!) - if you don't take care of yourself nothing else matters - because you won't be there to do it.
9. Give yourself permission to not be perfect. I'm so dang guilty of this. I always want whatever I do to be perfectly done. I'm telling you now that it's IMPOSSIBLE to be perfect and you need to learn to live with it. Get over it. Do your best! Someone recently told me: it's better done than perfect. I love this and need to keep that in front of me every day as a reminder.
10. Find your power time. We all have a certain time of day that we do our best work. Some of us are morning people and some of us would rather be night owls! If you don't know what you are yet - figure it out! For me I am the most focused and creative in the morning. It is my time to rock my to-do list. I feel fresh, creative and inspired. Do what works for YOU.
11. Don't try to do it all. Have you figured out what your "non-negotiables" are? What are some things that you will NOT give up! Write out a list of five things that you will always make a priority no matter what. Here are a few examples: family, fitness, nutrition, faith and friends. These are things that no matter what happens in your day you will get them done. Don't try to do everything - if you are a YES person you need to start saying no to some things! You can't say YES to it all and do them all well and expect to not go crazy. Let's get real.
Your turn! What are your tips and tricks for saving time? What have you found that helps you? Are any of these the same as yours? What are your non-negotiables?
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