If you find yourself saying, “I’m so busy” or “I don’t have time to…” you might have a problem with time management. Life Coach, Barb Churchill says most people believe they don’t have enough time but really, it’s all about how you manage your time.
- Working Hard + Working Extra Hours ≠ Being Productive
Getting to your desk each day without a plan for what you’re going to focus on is setting you up to work longer hours than you need to. By planning your day ahead of time – either the last 15 minutes of the day prior or the first 15 minutes of the morning – you’ll know what each day will bring and won’t have the stress of trying to get it all done. You’re planning ahead of time rather than being reactive. Do this for meetings as well. So much time is wasted due to the participants not being well prepared. Start on time, have an agenda, follow it and end on time. You don’t have to suffer through death by meetings anymore.
- Create a self-care routine
Whether your best time is in the morning or early evening, create a routine for your self-care. Our now-normal means that you’re probably working from home and if you’re not used to that, there are distractions all around you from the dog to the kids to your in-laws. Plus if you have kids, you’re probably teaching them as well as trying to get your work done. All this stress isn’t healthy and typically the first thing to go is our self-care. Block out 30-45 minutes for reading, journaling, listening to a podcast or exercising. Things that fill you up and keep you healthy physically and mentally. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep as well. Apps: Naturespace (has timer) and Rain Rain.
The most important piece of this is honoring your word to yourself. And that’s what the whole calendering process is. It’s you taking the time to live your life consciously, plan your time consciously and, most importantly, follow through on what you say you’re going to do.
If you’re a procrastinator, that’s not who you are, it’s a habit you have that doesn’t serve you. You can change that if you decide to. Commit to putting all the things you need to do in your calendar – vacations, doctor appts., kid activities, personal care appts, personal time, work time, shopping – everything. Make sure to allow space for things that may pop up unexpectedly.
When you do that, you won’t be missing anything.
And filter out the items that really aren’t urgent. Decide what really needs to get done and prioritize those items.
We all think we’re so busy, but the reality is, our minds are busy thinking about everything we have to do – rather than actually doing the things.
We do have enough time to get everything we need to get done. It takes commitment to yourself to honor the life you want to create. It takes being conscious about how you’re showing up and what you’re doing.
Create a conscious and deliberate life.