Learning to juggle...my time

Learning to Juggle…My Time

My life has become much more jam packed as of late.  I’m grateful for all the opportunities coming my way, and I’m loving every second of it.

However, it also means I’ve had to learn to juggle multiple projects/events at the same time.

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Taking these things on while trying to maintain a healthy work/life balance has be informative.

I look back to even just a couple of months ago and compare what I thought of as “busy” then to what I’m doing now and laugh.  I’m realizing how much time I had been wasting each day, and how much I can actually get done in a day when I’m intentional about what my goals are and what I’m working on.

Here are a few tips from my recent experiences:

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Scheduling Is Key

I’ve always scheduled, but lately I’ve become much more detailed in that schedule.

Here are a few tips that may help you better manage your time

 

Describe exactly what you’re going to work on

Instead of “maker time”, you might schedule something like this

  • write “intro to X” post
  • film tutorial intro

Being very specific reduces the mental barrier to getting started.  You don’t have to think about what to work on, you just do what you’ve already decided on.

 

Be deliberate & consistent in your routine

Instead of “morning routine” you can break down each piece of the routine

  • journal
  • exercise
  • get ready
  • write

Knowing exactly what is part of your daily routine again reduces the mental effort needed to carry out the plan thereby increasing consistency.

 

Decrease distraction through scheduling

Do you spend too much time on social media?

Does your pressing work take a back seat to catching up on the latest blog posts?

 

Try scheduling social media time where that’s all you do.  During that time, like, share, tweet, etc to your heart’s content.  But during core work hours or maker time, stay away.  Let yourself focus on the task at hand to be more productive during that time.

Similarly, you could schedule time to catch up on interesting articles you’ve found throughout the week

  • Bonus Tip: I’ve started using Buffer to schedule sharing these articles on social media so I don’t suddenly spam with a week’s worth of posts all at once 🙂

 

Start earlier

We all have the same amount of time in every day.

However, we don’t all use that time the same way.  Many of us commonly think “I wish there were more hours in the day.

The great thing is, there actually can be.

we all have the same amount of time in every day, but we don't use that time the same way Click To Tweet

 

Starting your day earlier is a terrific way to carve out more productive hours in your week.

I definitely struggle to stay consistent with this, but when I do wake up earlier (5:30am – 6am) I’m able to get more done before my typical core work hours.

It also changes your mindset.  The discipline required to consistently wake up earlier also leads to a “seize the day” attitude and makes it easier to stay focused throughout the day.

 

Try gradually waking up earlier.  Even if it’s just 5 minutes earlier a day, within a month you could be adding several productive hours a week to your schedule.

 

Understand Your “Why?”

Having a strong understanding of why you’re taking on new projects, hobbies, etc will help you stay consistent and engaged; even when you don’t want to be.

Knowing what your goals are, and how a project or opportunity relates to those goals, is a wonderful filter for removing unnecessary distractions from your life.

What's Your 'Why?' Click To Tweet

 

When you’re then really focused in on things that closely align with your personal mission/goals/ambitions your “why” then becomes extremely motivating.  In the moments where you don’t feel like waking up early, or you don’t want to sit down and write/film/code etc, your “why” can be the extra incentive that keeps you going.

 

Rest

Find time to rest.

Tying it back into the earlier points; schedule it out if you have to.

Lately, I’ve tried to plan 1 day a week where I don’t plan for productivity.  I give myself the opportunity to relax, to rest, to binge watch the latest Netflix show if I want, or to go for a hike.

Maybe you’ll be in the mood to work on something, or maybe you wont.  The point is to give yourself the freedom to enjoy the downtime without shaming yourself for it.

We can’t sprint forever.  To consistently be productive, we need time to recharge.

... give yourself the freedom to enjoy the downtime without shaming yourself for it Click To Tweet

 

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All of these are things I’ve been wrestling with lately.  I certainly don’t have them all figured out yet, but it’s getting easier.

The more you focus in on what’s important to you; and stick to a plan for reaching those goals, the easier it will become.

 

 

Thoughts or advice on organizing, planning or scheduling your life? Comment below or share on social media.  I’d love to continue the conversation.

 

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