Time and Energy Management: Thoughts on Juggling Priorities When Your Life is Full

Nov
2010
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It seems like everyone is insanely busy these days. I’m a single mom,  a self-employed business woman, and an artist with a lot going on in my life right now. Lately, I’ve been working 14-16 hour days just to keep up with my children, my client work and my life. Recently, I’ve had to take a close look at how I spend my time and get really organized so that I can get everything done that I need to get done.

As I was walking to a client meeting the other day I was listening to one of my fave podcasts, which is Tranquility du Jour, hosted by Kimberly Wilson. In this episode, Kimberly was interviewing Laura Vanderkam, author of, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, which is a book about how we use the 168 hours in each week that we have at our disposal. I plan to read this book because it sounds like there’s a lot of helpful information in there about prioritizing your time and planning out what you want to accomplish.

While I am no expert in time management, as a busy business woman who is constantly juggling priorities, I will share some things that I have learned about time and energy management with you.

  • Always put family first
  • Keep your goals in front of you every day
  • When you are getting ready to choose an action, ask if this is going to move you closer to or further away from your goals.
  • What you focus on is what you get. Choose wisely what to focus on.
  • Stop putting off your big dreams.
  • Break down bigger goals into monthly, weekly and daily chunks
  • Add these ‘chunks’ to your ‘to-do’ list
  • Save complex tasks for when you are the most alert and energetic.
  • Schedule in time for a meditation break. (and/or a Yoga break)
  • Keep an idea book and add to it daily
  • Create the next day’s ‘to-do’ list the night before so that you can get things off your mind before you go to bed & hit the ground running the next day
  • Celebrate & reward your accomplishments
  • Express your gratitude for all that you have and more will flow to you
  • Under promise and over deliver
  • Never miss deadlines.
  • Always keep your promises.

For me, the tips about scheduling in time for meditation and Yoga during my days are crucial. I find that after a 15 minute meditation, my brain feels all tingly and invigorated and I can face the next portion of my day without feeling exhausted and drained. The Yoga is sometimes done right in my chair, but if I’ve been sitting too long, I like to get up and do three sun salutations to loosen everything up.

Life is busy and there’s no getting around it. Discovering and creating ways to manage a hectic schedule with grace makes your busy life that much ore enjoyable.

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