You’re a busy women with only so much time in the day.
Your job takes up most of your waking hours and you want to work smarter not harder.
So how do you maximise your time and get your important work done whilst still having the time for fun and relaxation?
And how do you finally stop beating yourself up for not doing more?
Step 1: Recognise that you’re doing a great job and probably getting a lot more done than you think.
Acknowledge all of the things that you’ve managed to achieve in the past day or week.
I mean it, go back over your to-do list or calendar for 5 minutes and see how much you’ve managed to tick off your list.
Give yourself a little high five and just notice what you’ve achieved.
Most of the women I speak to and work with are high-achievers and want to achieve as much as they can, as fast as they can.
Whilst that’s awesome, if you don’t stop to recognise your achievements you’re going to continually be “chasing” without enjoying the journey along the way.
Step 2: Ask yourself: What are the top 5 priorities in my life right now?
This could be getting ahead in your career, starting your business on the side of your job, spending time with your family and friends, exercise, health, travel, adventure.
It’s completely up to you.
Write these down somewhere and make sure these are in your sight every day.
If you’re a pen and paper kinda gal then write your top priorities on a sticky note.
If you’re a digital babe then put this in your calendar.
Every morning before you start your day, do a quick review of your priorities to make sure that your day and week is in alignment.
Step 3: Go back over your calendar to see what you’ve actually been spending your time on and whether this aligns with your priorities.
For example, if you say exercise and health are important but you haven’t made it to the gym or yoga class for the last 3 week’s then you have to re-prioritise.
Make sure you put it in your diary ASAP!
Step 4: Pick your top 3 to-do items for the start of everyday
I’m sure you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm.
Let’s be realistic, they’re not all going to get done today.
So just pick your top 3 for each day and make sure they get done.
I like to ask myself the following questions before I set my top 3:
- What do I really have to do today?
- What will make me feel proud at the end of the day?
I know you have 5 priorities but you don’t have to do something for each priority everyday.
If you want to then bonus points for you, but to keep it simple, stick to the 3 actionable tasks for each day.
Step 5: Use Friday to review your previous week AND make sure the following week is in alignment with your 5 priorities
I’m a big believer in doing your reviewing and prepping for the week ahead on a Friday.
That way you’re way ahead of the curve and ready to start Monday fresh and raring to go.
Plus you’ll already have your important commitments locked away so there won’t be any last minute deviations from your priorities. And because you’ve got your priorities locked down you can say yes to more of the fun stuff guilt-free!
Perhaps you’re reading this thinking, “I could try the 5 steps but I don’t like to be so rigid. That’s not my style.”
I hear you.
I’m NOT talking about scheduling everything in your life down to the minute.
What I’m talking about is to consciously prioritise what’s important to you.
Too often we get distracted with facebook, emails, phone calls etc. and it’s far too easy to let that suck up our time. And not get the important stuff done.
Marie Forleo says “If it isn’t scheduled, it isn’t real” and I agree with her.
So give it a go, just for a week and let me know how you get on.
I’d love to hear from you:
- What are your top 5 priorities in your life?
- Do your daily activities reflect your priorities?
- What are your 3 actionable tasks for today?
I love reading your responses. They inspire my weekly updates so if there’s a specific question you want answered, write in and I’ll make sure it’s covered in a future issue.
Have a lovely weekend,