Somehow you drug yourself out of bed at 5 am to capture those golden hours of the morning while the house is quiet. Determined to make progress on your top priorities, you take a seat at your desk.
Then you sit. Staring at a blinking cursor, and your mind replays the events of last weekend. Why did you discuss conspiracy theories with your friends at the BBQ? “Now they all think I’m a nut job. I need to call and apologize,” you say to yourself.
STOP! You’ve just spent ten minutes reliving last Saturday and you’ve made zero progress on the content calendar that’s due tomorrow. You did not get up before the sun for this.
You need to keep focus, but how?
Let’s look at some tactics to get you into that blissful flow state.
I’ll go first and admit I’ve eaten lunch at my desk more often than not during workdays. In the name of productivity,...
Every night before bed, I grind coffee for the next day. I’m a coffee snob and fresh ground tastes so much better. The grinder is LOUD and would wake up my household if I set it off at the crack of dawn when I get up.
If I forget, then I’m stuck drinking instant coffee. GROSS!
The coffee grinder is a key player in my shut down ritual. It sets me up for a great day. The rest of this ritual includes reviewing my calendar for tomorrow, choosing my top 3 priorities, and setting my clothes out for the next day. All of this takes only a few minutes.
The morning brings another set of routines. I start with coffee (of course) while it’s brewing I meditate. A fresh cup of coffee in hand, I settle into my cozy office chair and read. Then I will journal and if there’s time left before the clock strikes 6:30 I will stretch and stare at my inspiration board.
We define routine as, “commonplace tasks,...
Variety is the spice of life, but when’s the last time you grabbed the pepper grinder?
We all get stuck in ruts, especially with making progress on our goals. There you are at the bottom of a deep well. Sitting in the dirt. Looking up to the greener pastures above. You’ve tried to claw your way to the top, but you just keep ending up with your butt on the ground and dirt beneath your nails.
It’s time to change your game. Here are some unusual time strategies that just might work:
I saw that eye roll. Keeping a log is the death of so many diets. I will ask anyway. Try it for just one week.
Here’s a list of apps to make it easier. Or, you could just take notes the old-fashioned way. Whatever you chose, this will give you a detailed look into how you spend your time and where it’s wasted.
This goes against what that little voice in your head is telling...
What do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid, you answered that question all the time. And the sweet response of “ballerina” or “astronaut” brought smiles until sometime around puberty.
The sweet girl that aspired to be a ballerina may pursue a career in dance, but what does that mean? Even for a Broadway star, there’s more to life than what happens on stage.
So the question becomes, what do you want out of life? This is a deeper question. The adult version of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Don’t take the easy “I want to be happy” you most often hear as a response.
Life planning is putting in the big rocks of what is important to you before someone else claims your time. For example, you want to plan an epic getaway with friends to Scottsdale for your hubby’s 40th birthday next Fall. As a planner, you will lay claim to that...
You pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and head into the office. It’s Monday morning and you have a to-do list that could take you into next month to complete. Plus, take Parker to the dentist today at 3 pm. Taking a deep breath, you turn your attention to your computer and start checking email.
Now it’s 11 am and you haven’t checked a single thing off your list.
There’s got to be a better way. And there is... it’s called prioritizing.
Before you click away, hear me out. Has anyone taught you how to prioritize?
Let’s try going through that Monday morning routine again. Instead of brushing aside your extensive list of tasks, you take time to plan. Look at your calendar and the blocks of time you have available to cross things off the list.
Starting out your...
What is going on with the coaching industry? There are coaches to help your high schooler apply to college. There are coaches that teach you how to use specific software applications. If you want to get great at something… there’s a coach for that.
We’ve been struggling with getting our kids in bed before we want to pass out lately. Yep, there’s a coach for that too.
Is there a coach for the frantically busy? Someone to ease your mom guilt and give you the tools to seek a purpose in the everyday?
Yes, it’s called productivity coaching. Here’s why it’s life-changing:
The power of an outside perspective. Remember when you were trying to perfect your pike jump in high school? You would practice over and over in front of the mirror at home, but it wasn’t until your coach pointed out that your arms needed to fully extend did you nail it.
The same goes for your personal...
Today I will take you back to science class. Don’t worry, we won’t dissect anything. The smell of formaldehyde still brings back images of large toads and awkward safety goggles.
Just a brief lesson on the autonomic nervous system and how it regulates our internal organs. This system has two sets of nerves, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
The sympathetic nervous system regulates the fight-or-flight response. When you are working from home and the kids fight in the next room, you lose focus on responding to that email. Your heart pounds and all you want to do is jump out of your chair and run down the hall to scream at your kids. That’s your fight-or-flight response in action.
Now picture yourself at the beach. You’re lounging with your toes in the sand. Feeling relaxed listening to the waves crash and watching your kids play happily building sandcastles. This state of bliss is your...
“Mommy, what are we doing today”
“Why do we have to go?”
“Who else will be there?”
“How long are we going to stay?”
I thought this Spanish Inquisition style questioning would end after the toddler years. NOPE, this was a conversation with my teenager.
Each day I work through a to-do list, with little thought to WHY. I love the thrill of checking tiny boxes. This interrogation seemed like a waste of time until I discovered my daughter is a Prioritizer. That means she needs to gather data on what she has to do so she can focus on the most important thing.
This “AHA moment” was thanks to this assessment that helps you find your personal productivity style. Go ahead, take it. Who doesn’t love personality tests?
Did you take the test? What’s your style? Prioritizer/Planner/Arranger/Visualizer
We take for granted that each of us has...
How is it May already? I have a confession. The task of packing up our winter gear (Uggs, rain boots, ski stuff) has been on my to-do list for weeks. And now it’s MAY!
I started by cleaning all the boots but now I have a line of clean boots to put away. A cute line of Uggs reminding me of my unfinished project each time I walk into the garage.
Somewhere between finding my soft bristle brush to whisk away dirt and letting the clean boots dry before the next treatment, I lost motivation. Where’s the fun in storing away winter?
Motivation is a fickle thing. It can up and leave during projects big or small but nobody want’s to leave a party when they’re having fun.
Our newsfeeds are turning from chalk messages on sidewalks to protests. It’s time to get real, dig deep, and find meaning.
I’ll go first. Here are some thoughts I wrote at the beginning of this crisis (six weeks ago) and my reality check on where we are now.
First I have to give props to my husband because he’s been a trooper through all this. We’ve been able to create a daily schedule that evolves each week. Distance learning is more challenging with my fourth-grader than we had expected. We’re learning the emotional language to talk about things before they get too heated.
Sidewalk chalk sure had a moment. We were able to get our hands on some but the novelty has already...