Wake Up & Eat an Elephant: Final Part
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Do you know women who are super productive and organized?
I’m so jealous of those mama’s that are on-time, hair done, kids looking cute, and seem to get so much done each day. To top it off, they still manage to look calm and kept together. I, on the other hand, have a messy bun—that probably hasn’t been washed in 2-3 days—looked stressed, and have gotten almost nothing done by 5 o’clock. And yet, I’m exhausted and feeling like I’ve been going non-stop since I woke up.
I feel like they have to have some sort of superhuman abilities or something.
So how do they do it?
- Schedule your top 3-5 to-do list the night before. Keep it short. Have you noticed the longer your list is, the less you get done? I see a long list and avoid it because it feels so overwhelming to me. See 1 of the series to learn more part.
- Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. Put your phone on silent. I talk about this more in my last blog.
- Skip the snooze. You’ll have a more productive day if you do. See why in this blog.
- Have a morning routine. I go more in-depth in part 2 of my series.
- Exercise gives you natural energy and makes you feel great. It’s great to get it knocked out first thing in the morning so you can feed off that energy to get stuff done.
- Learn to say “no” to yourself as well as others. I covered this in part 3.
- Limit distraction during your set times to work on your to-do list. Turn off social media notifications, shut off the tv, and give all your attention to the task at hand.
- Don’t multitask. Yes, no multitasking if you really want to be productive and do it right. When we multitask we lose focus in between projects, and it causes us to make mistakes. It might get done faster but if you are going to have to redo it because of those mistakes, did you really save any time?
- Knock the hardest task out first. It gets it out of the way, so you are not dreading it all day. Plus, the feeling you get after you have finished is awesome. If you haven’t read the book Eat That Frog, you should check it out.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. We all have our strengths as well as our weaknesses. You can’t see what’s going on behind closed doors for that “perfectly kept together, productive mom.”
- Read/listen to Personal development for 10 or more minutes a day. When someone suggested to me to do personal development I just blew it off. It seemed like a waste of time. It took me a while to actually try it and then I felt dumb for waiting so long to try it out. Even if you aren’t reading a book that has to do with productivity, it really does help. Choose a book on anything you feel you would like to improve on; parenting, marriage, productivity, organization, how to garden, DIY projects, etc. This is my favorite go-to book when I need a boost. You Are A Badass.
- Get EXCITED. You’re probably thinking, how is doing all these things exciting? You’re doing something that is going to make your life better and easier. Call me crazy, but when I try something new, especially when it can potentially make my life as an adult a little easier, I get super excited. Plus, that excitement can make getting up early, exercising and all these new habits easier to do.
Don’t overwhelm yourself, try adding a couple of tips on the list into your routine every few days. To much change can scare you away. And as always, be patient with yourself. Change can be uncomfortable; it can be hard, but all worth it when you see the positive impact you have made in your life.
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