Waking up every day and feeling like your day is consumed before you can blink?
I know the feeling. Gone are the days of letter writing, horses and carriages, fewer distractions, a slower pace of life.
We can safely say that no one from the days of old suffered from the indulgence of instant gratification. But because we do have things at our fingertips we need to adapt. So here are some tips on how to maximize your time to help you prepare for a successful day.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
While the days of old seemed quieter I imagine there were still a hundred things to do. Do you know what they had, that we don’t – the ability to focus on one thing.
Multitasking is bad. Let me say that again in case you missed it – Multitasking is BAD! Focusing on a single task at a time is much more productive. It takes 20 minutes to “get into the zone”. Multitasking robs you of that. So don’t be robbed. Make sure you focus on one task at a time.
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During your bedtime routine build a mindset that prepares you for the next day. Choose your outfit. Then lay it out so that you can get up and dressed without having to think about it. Believe me, this is a major time saver! Especially if you’re like me and sometimes just cannot decide what to wear. Planning ahead cuts out indecision and starts your day on a positive productive foot. So, plan ahead!
Set Achievable Goals
Know what you need to do and set goals that you can achieve that day. Again, don’t multitask. First, get up and dressed, then think breakfast and breakfast only. Do not pick up that phone or any distraction during breakfast. Then the next task – see the pattern? I repeat focus on only ONE thing at a time. Try it. You won’t be disappointed with what you achieve.
Take Time for a Coffee
Give yourself breaks during the day. Remember, a successful day is not packed from beginning to end with you running around like a headless chicken. Know your limits and don’t push them all the time. So, stop for a coffee and disengage. Like breakfast time – only focus on having coffee and doing nothing other than having coffee.
Success in your day relies on your performance. Guess what your performance relies on? No, it’s not the number of things you try to crazily balance with your great multitasking skills.
It’s your reliability, consistency, and focus. That all stems from the innovation and creativity that you allow your brain to work on when you take a break! Do yourself a favor. Re-center and relax. Even if it’s just five minutes, make time for a coffee.
Leave it All Behind
At the end of the day, wrap up and unplug mentally. Use your evening time to focus on one last thing, the most important thing – your family, and if you don’t have one yet – yourself.
So, start tonight and prepare for a successful day tomorrow!