In this day and age, we often feel rushed, that there isn’t enough time in the day, and we have a whole lot on our plates with no light at the end in sight.
With these 15 tips, you can get back your life, live on your terms and reduce the constant pressure.
1. Start a daily meditation or exercise routine.
Meditation and exercise help to give your non-stop thoughts a break. This break helps to improve your focus and stamina, thus using your time much more efficiently.
2. Carry a calendar.
Schedule everything and add a buffer for unexpected tasks. Use the traditional paper calendar or an electronic calendar. It doesn’t matter as long as you are using it. Once you get in the habit of putting everything on the calendar, you will stress less and use your memory for more important things.
3. Look at your calendar and make list of the next day’s goals the night before.
It is much better to know what your day looks like the night before so you are first, not surprised and second, can plan, delegate or move things around as needed.
4. Spend the first 30 minutes of each day planning for the day.
For me, this looks like me looking at my calendar for the week ahead, prioritizing a to-do-list, and crossing of items once completed. Whew, what a great feeling! Being organized, knowing what’s ahead, and completing tasks.
5. Spend your mornings on the most important, most difficult and largest tasks or goals.
You will not only have more motivation for the rest of the day knowing these tasks or goals are accomplished, you will have more time for you. This does not mean, accomplish these goals and then move on to the next goal. This means step back, congratulate yourself for what you have done, and give yourself a well-deserved break.
6. Schedule time for responding to emails.
I know from experience that reading and responding to every email as they come in, that it is a distraction from accomplishing other goals. Decide to check your emails first thing in the morning and then another time during the day if you must. If someone really needs you, they will call you.
7. Take breaks.
By taking breaks as you work, you are recharging your brain and will end up with a higher quality product than working on fumes.
8. Get a mentor or coach.
It is much easier to have another perspective looking from the outside in to help you achieve your goals. The mentor or coach can also help you organize, plan and take action.
9. Block out distractions while you’re working.
These distractions could be emails, phone calls, checking social media, and watching tv. There is a time and place for these distractions and you can reward yourself for accomplishments.
10. Reward yourself.
You’ve finished a big project. You’ve worked 10 hour days for 4 days straight. Take time to rest and do something for you. If you have to put it on the calendar, than so be it, as long as you take this well deserved time for you. Believe me, this reward will invigorate you and make your next time to work a more focused, efficient, and productive one.
11. Don’t forget, you are only one person.
Do not put more on your plate than you can handle. Delegate, reschedule, say no, whatever is reasonable to make sure you have a workload you can feel good about but not one that creates excessive stress or fatigue.
12.Use people, technology, whatever to make the job easier.
I know you are not possibly one of these people but I have known people who like busy work, people that don’t want to ask for help, and people that want to continue doing something without the added help of technology because “we’ve always done it this way.” Take the help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but strength. Delegate task to the team who are itching to learn more, to take on more. Learn how technology can help improve efficiencies and run with it. Delegating, asking for help, and using technology for what it's intended helps you to quicken your work, reduce stress, and get more things accomplished. Who doesn’t want that?
13. Be an imperfectionist.
Say what?! Yep, I said it. Leave that ego and idea of perfection at the door. If you don’t, you will be spending way too much time on something that is already perfectly imperfect. Get it out there. Sure, if you find room for improvement, go for it, in the form of iterations or phases.
14. Think positive.
Do not spend time thinking of all the things you have to do and how there is not enough time. First, you are taking time doing this and second it doesn’t help. A positive mindset that knows you have your calendar, you are organized, you have your to-do-list, you only have 2 hands, and you have added support from your team and technology, will make for a great day!
15. Live life on your TERMS.
Write down everything you have on your plate. Start big with work and home. Then drill down to individual commitments you have made. Write down the TIME it takes to do the task, whether you ENJOY it, if it is REQUIRED, and if it is MEANINGFUL. Reflect on what you have written and sift through the unwanted. The next time something doesn’t fit your TERMS, say no. Learn more about this process I have created by emailing me at [email protected]
I truly know these tips will help, should you choose to use them. I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email [email protected] to describe your aha moments, the tips that work for you, and just to say hi.
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