How do up fit everything into a day, there is just not enough time!
Have you ever felt this way? How can you possibly get it all done…
Kids to school, lunches, dinner, driving to activities, laundry, homework, oh and YOU HAVE A FULL TIME JOB TOO!
The mental load burnout is real. So what you don’t need is another productivity course that promises you will find more hours in your day, what you really need is a manageable workload.
I used to say that plans were for pansies. As an artist, I felt that scheduling my day or week would cramp my ability to create. I used to let my wild mind decide what was important each day because I was a creative, and you can’t tie down an artist and expect great work. Boy, was I wrong!
That mindset led to me never having a handle on my workload and having my business happen to me instead of me happening to my business. I was always putting out fires because I failed to plan, which led to planning to fail. No longer am I that person. I have finally understood that scheduling does, in fact, lead to the freedom to create. I am more creative now that I give myself time to create and it is not interrupted by something I failed to plan for.
Let’s start with your calendar.
Everything includes things that have to do with your business and things that have to do with your personal life, your family, and your free time.
Over the next few weeks we are going to discuss a few easy tools to implement that will start to open up your calendar – and your mind!
Today’s tip is the SUNDAY NIGHT PLAN.
Every Sunday, I sit down with my electronic calendar and my paper calendar. I transfer all of the concrete appointments into my paper calendar for the week and then look at the tasks that must get done and how long each one needs to be completed.
- Methodically assign each hour of my day to all of my commitments. All hours are scheduled and assigned to all the people I have commitments to – including myself!
- Work meetings
- Work projects
- Work tasks
- Meal prep
- Driving time for meetings
- Driving the kids to their activities
- Reading books
- Education for myself
- Time with my partner
- Schedule downtime – so I can feel good and not like I should be doing something else
I schedule it all so I can make sure I have time for all the things that are important – most of all, me. If I am missing the mark at home, it throws my whole week off. If I miss looking after myself, it only takes a week or two for my body to remind me.
Join me again next week for the second part of this series on getting your time in order.
As always I am here to help you get to the next level in your business.