There is simply NEVER enough time in a day, week, month to get it all done or to achieve all that we set out to do. Particularly not if you are a parent and run your own business. I would have to work around the clock, daytime, late evenings and take no time off. That’s not an option for me right now, since I don’t want to miss out on Luke’s childhood.
This past year I’ve tried to to get better at working less, yet more effectively, and enjoy things more.
Here are some things I try to do. ( However not always successfully.)
SIMPLIFY & PRIORITIZE
You don’t have to have an over loaded schedule to be effective. Focus on a FEW things and get them done well, instead of hundreds of things that suffer. Prioritize what’s important, and organize your to do list so that you take care of what is the most urgent first. Don’t fill your day with items low on the priority list. If something doesn’t align with your overall goal, then don’t waste your time.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING PERFECT
Don’t be afraid to try new things that you have no idea how to do. Don’t worry about it, just start. You can pick things up as you go along. Just try it, learn from your mistakes and improve as you go along.
TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF
It’s okay to say no. There is only a limited amount of time in a day, so make sure to squeeze in some time for yourself. This helps you refuel and get inspired. And certainly don’t spend time with people who steal your energy.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS & FIND ROLE MODELS
Reach out and connect with others in your field. There are lots of wonderful people who have done what you are trying to do. So ask questions and get the advice you need, then share what you have learned with them. Help each other.
To clear your brain and to be more effective and happy…find some time to exercise. Even short daily walks help.
ORGANIZE & CLEAR OUT
Keep an organized desk, office, computer and to-do-list. This is something I need to work on! A clear desk is a clear mind. I use google docs for to-do-lists for my business, and share them with my assistant and people I work with.
BE YOU & DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
You are you and no one can do “you” better. Sounds kind of silly…but nothing can be more true. You are unique. Don’t compare yourself to others and let it get you down or feel like you are not as good or talented as they are. Instead take joy in other people’s success and be inspired by what they do and achieve.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT & WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
Figure out what it is you really want to achieve and what would make you happy. You don’t have to do it the way people expect you to do it, because maybe what you want to do doesn’t exist yet? Write it down and alter this as needed. This is the most important step and might take some time to figure out.
Anyway those are some things I’ve been trying to do. Do you have any great tips? For your life or business? Please share in the comment section! I would LOVE to hear.