Most of us often think about how we can make the most of the 24 hours given to us every day. With work, school, house work, errands, etc., we often miss out on viable time with friends, family, significant others and most importantly OURSELVES! We miss out on personal time, self care, our aspirations, focusing on our business, and MUCH more.
Here’s the deal… You CAN have it all.. But you CAN’T do it all (at once)..
Let me explain.
You CAN take care of your family, yourself, go to work, relax, etc..
BUT you CAN’T accomplish every task on your extensive to-do list by the end of the day it’s not possible..
The good news is that you can get SOME things done. Some will turn into more. And before you realize it you’ll complete the the tasks and your goal.
The truth is there will always be something to do, some task to complete, some appointment to go to, something for your child, but if you take away the mindset of having to do it all right now, you will begin free yourself from the anxiety of feeling like your not doing enough, or the rut of not doing much at all because of the “mounting” pile of things to do before you.
Organization is key to getting things done. Organize your thoughts, appointments and tasks by writing everything down. Now a days you can type/ speak everything into your electronic device which is great! However, writing things down is more effective (as long as you look at it often). Things can get lost in your various apps. Furthermore, your device can be a distraction. You may start out in your Google Calendar and end up on Facebook. Having a balance is key!
I have a calendar located in a common are of my home (the dinning area). It is hanging up so I can see it often. The spaces are big enough to write multiple appointments/ due dates in the blocks. I try to update the calendar as often as necessary, which can range from daily to weekly depending on the month. This is a good tool to use (as long as you use it) because it is easy use and is highly visible.
I also like the Panda Planner Pro. It allows you to schedule monthly, weekly, and daily. It aids in achieving new habits. The weekly and daily sheets are very detailed and even have places for you to work toward your passion! There is a lot of information that comes with the purchase of the planner as well. I’ve noticed such a difference since using this vs. a convential planner.
Things to remember
- Use pencil. If you cancel an appointment or need to make any changes it will be much easier to edit.
- You can go out of order. We’re human beings not robots and lets face it, stuff happens.
- It’s okay if you don’t get everything done. That’s what the next day is for. If you are missing important tasks, rewrite your list according to priority and do the highest priority things first, i.e. finish that project before you do the house work for that day.
- Do whats best for you. If you work better with your cell phone use that instead of the paper and pencil method. For maximum optimization, sync your computer and your smartphone calendar together, for dual reminders. If you feel like having three separate tools for organization is too much or maybe you think you need more (I also have another notebook for lists, business, and budget), do accordingly to you.
- Stick to it. If you don’t do it – it won’t happen. It’s that simple.
- And last but not least.. don’t forget to add your family, friends, and mainly YOURSELF to your to-do list. While your writing down appointments, after school activities, meetings and more don’t forget to include “dinner with the family”, “10 minuets of yoga”, “work on my craft from 8 pm-9 pm”. Don’t forget to add LIFE to your to-do list! Once written down and prioritized, I’m sure that you will see that you DO have the time.
These tips have really helped me stay on top of things as a single parent, stay at home mommy/ employee, and entrepreneur. I am much more organized and have much less anxiety and stress when it comes to getting things done. I am able to get things done and focus on my son, getting my site up an running (more info coming soon 🙂 !). I hope they can help you as well. These simple little tricks help me get some major things done!