You Don't Have To Do It Alone.
For most of us, there is not enough time in the day and way too much to do. We run businesses, we manage a home, we have family members who depend on us. How can we do it all? And still enjoy life, not to mention be enjoyable to be around?
When we are stressed, it negatively affects our relationships, our health and everything we do. We aren't present, patient or work in partnership with others. We snap, we accuse, we don't trust. Because we are tired, and at times, resentful, asking "Why can't anyone help me?" it may be because we don't allow others to offer support, even when it is given.
I find that the strongest people I know are the ones that allow other people to help them. They have the confidence in others that once they are taught how to handle tasks and responsibilities, they can take the ball and run with it. If the process needs tweaking, they are available to support and guide them. They don't feel (or think) they can do it all, they don't think they are the only ones who can do something, and if they want balance, they don't want to.
Once we allow the help, we can work in our area pf expertise, and others can work in theirs. This not only gives us the opportunity to breath, it gives others the opportunity to grow and shine in their light. Different voices can help you in business and in life. As much as we may be capable, we don't live in a vacuum. It could be initially difficult to allow others to take some control from us, it benefits us in the long run.
In summary, delegation empowers others and gives you insight that can help you grow. It gives you the time to shine in your area of expertise and grow what is most valuable to you, your business and your life.
How to get the most of your day.
- Focus on your creative work first and reactive work second.
- Plan the times of day when your energy is highest for your most important creative work.
- Stick to a start and finish time for your workday.
- Don’t let your sleep slip.
- Schedule your day around your bodies natural 90-minute ultradian rhythms.
- Block off “a substantial chunk of time” each week to focus solely on your most important creative tasks.
- Treat this blocked off time as you would any other appointment or meeting.
- Keep this time free from distraction. No email, no internet, no phone.
- Close email & social media when doing focused work to avoid background distractions.
- Find a good stopping point on one project before moving to the next to give yourself “mental closure.”
- When problem solving, take your mind off the task at hand to help your subconscious generate new ideas.
If you are anything like me, you get hungry throughout the day. When that happens, it's hard to focus on the tasks at hand - all we are thinking about is lunch! What I've done is bring along healthy snacks that I know will take the bite out of hunger so I can work, concentrate and communicate healthfully and productively. The above are just a few ideas!
This is a picture I took while I was making plans. I was getting ideas on paper and making it fun. Why should work be boring? We are visual beings and should enjoy seeing our ideas on paper so we can get the big picture and quickly edit what doesn't make sense for us. Our work can be an incredible source of gratification and contribution to others if we are determined to make it that way.
Making plans doesn't mean we can't make change when what we are doing isn't working.
Mind maps are a visual and interesting way to get clear on what to do next. Starting at a focal point of where you want to be, you can design next steps and watch it become a road map to your success. This is something I do with clients and they find their dreams and goals are much more manageable than they ever thought possible! Email me if you would like help to begin yours!