Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, an entrepreneur or a full-time career gal, you know that time is valuable. It seems like we never have enough of it and there’s always something left on our to do list at the end of the day. It can be very exhausting and somewhat discouraging, making you feel like you’re never, ever going to be caught up.
It’s safe to say, you’re not alone in feeling this way. Life moves at a fast pace and it’s hard to keep up sometimes. But don’t beat yourself up over it.
After years of being a control freak and compulsive planner (Hello, my name is Sara 🙋♀️), there’s a few take aways I have that hopefully will help you out in streamlining your schedule so that you have enough time for YOU!
Plan Your Day the Night Before
This is so important. Mornings are stressful and hectic enough on their own, but you can eliminate 90% of that by simply planning your day the night before.
Before I go to bed, I make a to do list in the notes section on my iPhone. The most simplest of tasks gets put on there because if it doesn’t, then I’m probably going to forget about it. I don’t leave any room for user error, lol. If I know I’m going to be crunched for time (i.e. appointments), then I’ll even go as far as planning out my day with times allocated for each task. I know this may seem neurotic, but I promise you, this really helps with managing your time. If you know you only have a certain amount of time to do something, you’re more focused and shit gets done.
If you have a family, there’s no reason why you should be doing everything. I know this may be hard for some because relinquishing that type of control can make you uneasy, but assigning tasks to different family members will help take the heat off you so you can better focus on the tasks that only you can handle.
My reminders on my iPhone are absolute life savers! I have reminders set up for just about everything, including which bills are due and how much. This takes so much stress off my shoulders; I know I won’t be blind sided because I’ll already know something is coming up.
Don’t Overbook Yourself
I used to do this all the time and it would be the most defeating feeling to not be able to get everything done I wanted to get done in the day. I finally was like, “Why am I doing this to myself? I already know that there’s no possible way to accomplish all of this in one day.”
So, now I plan more realistically. Sometimes I still don’t get everything done I have on my list, but at least it’s only a couple things and not a mountain of unchecked tasks staring at me at the end of the day. You know how long each thing is going to take to get done, so make sure you only plan on doing what you have time for.
Schedule Some You Time
Yes, you read that correctly. Make sure that you have at least one thing on your to do list that involves taking care of yourself.
For me, it’s going to the gym and making sure I get in a good sweat session. Some people may think it’s weird to actually plan this, but it helps me in making sure it gets done. If something is written down, I feel more obligated to complete it. If the gym isn’t your thing, then set aside some time to read or take a walk in the park. Don’t feel weird writing that down on your to do list — schedule that shit! LOL! It’s important to take time to unplug from everything and reboot ourselves.