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Top tips to help make your life that little bit easier...
Brain dump a list of everything that you need or want to do.
- Work – social media, marketing, finance
- Home – shopping, food, finances, homework help
- Housework – clean bathroom, wipe windows, hoover, dust, washing, ironing.
- Is there a deadline?
- Is someone waiting for you to do something before they can do their bit?
- Is this really necessary for me to do?
- Can I do this later?
- What would make me feel better if it were done?
Block out some time each day in your diary. Don’t jump from task to task, spend that time concentrating on your to-do list. It is much better to focus on one task at a time – jumping from one topic to another makes you lose your thread or have to find your place again. Plus that feeling of achievement when you can tick something off your daily list! You could block out time for work, home, family/me/exercise time.
Plan in some rest breaks during your day so you can find time to refocus.
Try to combine errands so you waste less time between trips i.e. if you need to go to the petrol station, or chemist to pick up a prescription, could you combine this with another task such as shopping for groceries or picking up that pint of milk? Can you go to the supermarket or pick something up before the school run?
If there is something you need to do regularly i.e. send the same information out to customers/clients, try to simplify it. For example, I have particular information that I need to send out regularly. I now keep a word document with that information so that I can copy and paste it into an email then personalise it. This could extend into daily life too e.g. create a mail merge document with all your Christmas card labels on it or get some Christmas labels printed off to stick on Christmas presents (with Love from the Smith Household).
Make sure you put in some time for you/your partner/your family life – all of which are important too.
Learn to say no and to delegate. This could be at work or at home, assigning a few household errands to the children each week.
Spend a bit of time prepping for the next day the night before so that you are ready to go. In our house, the morning is a mad rush so school uniforms/my clothes are laid out, lunch boxes are prepped as much as possible and even cereal bowls and cups are left out ready on the side.
In terms of work, if you have to go to a meeting somewhere new, check out the address in advance, have a look at a map or train route planner for the likely journey time, make sure you have your train route (if applicable) mapped out or potential places to park. Have your bag ready to go with the equipment you need.
If you are planning to go to the gym early in the morning, have your bag ready the night before. You are more likely to actually make it to the gym!