Updated: Apr 27
My tips on how to prioritise your activities, and hang on to some work-life balance.
Good planning, time management and structure actually leads to more freedom, and importantly can help alleviate feelings of stress and overwhelm.
Weekly planning on a Saturday or Sunday can help you start the week feeling organised.
Start by blocking out the time when you are committed to attending meetings, have family obligations, your exercise classes etc. – anything that has to happen on a given day at a given time.
Now look at the time around those things. Schedule in the activities that are important and will move you in the direction of your business goals. These might be training webinars, business presentations, contacting prospects, product launches. Look at the other activities and schedule in those around the things already in your diary. Be mindful of some activities that are not time specific so you can add those in at times that suit you.
I like to make a list at night, before going to bed, list of the things that I need to get done the next day, both business things, exercises and errands.
Tick off the important activities first if you can and work in blocks of about 40-50 minutes, taking a 5-10-minute break. Try not to multi-task; hopping on and off emails as they come in is draining energy-wise, and studies actually show that multi-tasking actually harms our productivity and the quality of what we produce.
Taking a 5–10-minute breaks every hour or so conserves energy so we have some left for our evenings.
Every evening review your list and acknowledge your achievements by writing them down, and write down your new list for the next day - it is okey if some items go back on the list day after day.
You can only do your best, and your best today might not be as good as your best last Tuesday. That is just okey!
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