Work - Life Balance
It’s all a myth. There is no such thing. We all know it, but we don’t stop trying to achieve the unachievable. Women have been struggling with wearing too many hats at one time for centuries. We have become slaves to multitasking. There just isn’t enough time in a day to get everything accomplished and if we were somehow able to squeeze in a few extra hours a day it still wouldn't matter.
Here are a few things we can do to ease the load just a little. It starts with taking back control of our day. We need to work smarter, not harder. How do we do this? First, we create a plan that we can stick with until it becomes a habit. A plan that would make our day be a complete failure if we didn’t do these things. Remember, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Don’t give up the first week but keep going. Cut yourself some slack. We can’t get it all done but we can knock out big chunks if we put our time and energy in the right place.
1. Make time for God daily. I prefer mornings when the house is quiet. I get up 30 minutes earlier than everyone else, lay there with my thoughts, say my prayers, read the Bible or devotional, listen to my music, or sit in silence and just let Him speak to my already racing soul.
2. Stop multitasking. Plan your time accordingly – break up your day into time blocks. Block out specific times for things that need to get done and only do those things during their allotted time. Stop being a slave to your never-ending open-ended to-do lists.
8:00 - 11:00 Projects
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Emails and phone calls
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 Meetings
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 To-dos
4:30 – 5:00 Prep for tomorrow
Make the first block of the day the time for your hardest projects. The things you really don’t want to do but need to get done to make money, build the business, keep things in order, etc. Spend typically 60- 90 minutes per project depending on how many you have on the list. I recommend no more than 3 at any given time.
3. Don’t deviate from 1 and 2 – It’s easy to do and happens in the blink of an eye. You hit the snooze button, get up late, and spend the day playing catch up without having that time to talk to God and get your day started on the right foot. Or the phone dings and your read the text, click on the link and you get caught down the rabbit hole because next thing you know you get sidetracked on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and now your morning is blown.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.