It’s been a busy and productive season already! Full of lots of exciting things, which I hope to share with you soon, but full to the brim nonetheless!
During this time, I’ve been thinking a lot about effective time mastery. It’s not easy to do, but it is possible to do it well.
I’ve created a great time mastery course (which I hope to release spring 2019), but for now, one of the key components of time mastery has to do with how much margin you build into your schedule.
I know when I start to hit burn out, it’s because I didn’t leave enough room in my schedule to recharge. I didn’t think I needed that – and maybe you don’t either, but not only does my productivity and joy-factor show otherwise, so do a lot of studies.
Did you know you actually get more accomplished if you schedule time to relax? WOW!
Time may be finite, but energy is renewable! (That’s good news right?!)
“The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology,” says Tony Schwarz, chief executive officer of The Energy Project, and author of Be Excellent at Anything.
“Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.”
Schwartz has researched a myriad of studies on productivity and found that short daytime naps (yay naps!) and workouts boost productivity and performance as well as a longer night’s sleep, more time away from your desk, and more frequent vacations.
So before we continue, please pause this blog post right here!
Yes. Right here.
Get out those bunny slippers, pour yourself a big cup of hot cocoa, go sit by the fire in an overstuffed chair and cuddle your pet if you have one (my dogs are HUGE stress relievers for me 😁).
Ahh… now, isn’t that better? Take a deep breath and exhale. Now, take another one.
Here are three steps to help you stop spinning those plates.
- Block out time for your most focused work. You probably know the time during the day that you are firing on all cylinders. (Early birds, where are you?!) Whatever time that is, block it out and place your big rock projects in that window. That way you are not trying to do your most high-level thinking during a time when your brain is already exhausted. That’s the time to do simpler tasks!
- You can do it all, but not all at once. We all have responsibilities we can’t choose, but there are extra responsibilities that you might find yourself roped (even guilted) into, that add unnecessary clutter to your week! It might be taking on extra projects at work, volunteering for all five of your favorite causes, being room mom at school, or making all your meals from scratch. All of these are great things in their correct timing, but you can’t do them all at once! Try to clear your plate of all the extras and stick to what’s most important right now. There will be time for those extras in your next season. Things will shift! They always do. 😊
- Choose your friends wisely. This one might not seem as intuitive as the others, but it has everything to do with time management. Do you have those friends who just drain your energy? They’re “all about me” and have forgotten that friendship is a 2 way street. Are you spending too much time with people that aren’t helping you advance in life? Choosing your friends wisely and investing in your core few will give you focus in your friendships and help you optimize your time. Choose people that champion you to success. Great friends are real gems – true treasures in this life!
You are my gem. And I treasure you!
Thank you for spending time with me today, friend. 😍
We love MannaFesting with you!
In joyful loving service,