I’ve always been a bit of a stickler for good time management, but as a recent first-time Mum my time mastery talents have been well and truly put to the test over the last four months. Of all the lessons I’ve learned, there’s one that’s kept me sane during this time and you don’t need to be a parent to take advantage of it. Here’s how to get ahead AND end your day feeling great…
For most people life’s busy and there’s an ever-growing to-do list hanging around, waiting to be ticked-off. With so much to be done, your list can end up being like a memory bank helping you remember what you’ve got to to do next, rather than focusing on what’s most important in your day.
If that sounds like you, beware! Whilst writing everything down can appear to make life easier, seeing a heap of actions in front of you can also be stressful and overwhelming, creating quite the opposite effect it was designed to do and instead stopping you in your tracks instead of helping you get more done.
Since having my daughter my to-do list has grown faster than the weeds in my garden. Not only is work stacking up, but I also now have a whole ‘other job’ to fit in to the same 24 hours which can be overwhelming, stressful and extremely tiring at times. On the other hand, it can also mean that I get to experience an even more rewarding and fruitful day than I had previously, as I juggle so many different challenges and demands. So what’s the secret to making sure your day end on a high instead of feeling frazzled and unsatisfied?
Hindsight’s a great thing so here’s what I’ve observed:-
Plowing through your to-do list and getting lots of little things done can make you feel good, but you also run the risk of not completing anything that really mattered, and instead ending the day with a high-priority task still hanging round your neck, vowing to crack onto it tomorrow (….until the same vicious cycle happens all over again!).
Instead, what I do is start my day by picking just one thing that I really want to get done and then do everything I can to make sure it’s completed by bedtime. That ‘one thing’ doesn’t have to be big or time consuming, but it needs to be something that will make you feel satisfied when it’s complete.
So today my ‘one thing’ is writing this blog post …. it’s been three months since I wrote my last one and I know I’m going to feel fantastic when it’s done. There are 101 other things I want to do in my business, in-between feeding my daughter, fitting in lots of cuddles and play time, going to the gym, cooking dinner and walking my dog. It would be far too easy to drop the blog post and to carry on with all of the other things that have to get done everyday, but with that mindset I would never move forward personally or professionally. That doesn’t mean to say that everything else gets dropped – all it means is that the other 101 things on my to-do list wait until they are high on the satisfaction scale!
By focusing on just ONE task that gives me a sense of achievement I end the day on a high, move my business forward, and give myself a personal sense of satisfaction that boosts my motivation levels. It’s a no-brainer – get picky!
So what are you going to do today that will leave you feeling great when you switch the lights off tonight? Post a comment below and let me know…
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