Stop the glorification of busy.
Have you got time for (insert whatever is on your current "to-do" list)?
January is when folks typically set resolutions and promise themselves this coming year will be better - that they'll finally get everything together. Everything, and everyone seem to be moving at a much faster pace. We've been conditioned to think of time as our enemy - but maybe we just need a mindset change and a little scheduling (OK - maybe a lot of scheduling) to turn things around.
Routines can help many people. They don't have to be complicated, but they can make all the difference if you set some up, and of course, follow through. No system is ever going to help if you don't use it! It's about trying different things to see what works for you. This year I'm trialing bullet journalling. I'll let you know how it goes. So far it seems really therapeutic and it helps to get all those "to-do's" out of my head and scheduled.
Check out these really simple examples of how making small changes can make a big difference. They're not rocket science, but if you use them, they will work:
- Make your bed as soon as your feet hit the floor. There's lots of YouTube videos about how this can help. If nothing else at the end of the day you'll be able to get into a nicely made bed.
- Open the mail when you collect it, preferably over the recycle bin so you can dispose of the envelopes etc straight away. Don't even let clutter enter your home.
- Have certain times or days scheduled in your calendar for client appointments, professional development and admin jobs. Time blocking has made a huge difference for me.
Setting up really simple systems that become over time habitual will get you focussed. And of course it's pretty cool to be in control of your calendar and scheduling, instead of always running in reactive mode.
It's all about using your time wisely to be productive, proactive and to reduce pressure.
Onwards and upwards!