Ask anyone, and they will tell you that they don’t have enough hours in the day. As a mother of three small children, a full-time career, and a needy husband, here are somethings that have helped me.
There is never enough time to get everything done. Part of this is because today’s working person has more piled on them than what they are capable of handling. This is a combination of career, household chores, and family obligations. However, many people suffer from a lack of organization. Being highly organized is the key to getting more done. Here are some other tips I use to make my day more productive and less chaotic.
Follow A Strict Routine
Most people who operate on a routine seem to do better than those who don’t. The body becomes accustomed to a routine. Whether you have 10 or 30 things that you must accomplish in your day, sticking to a strict schedule can help make it happen. Even my kids appreciate a strict routine.
Don’t Sit Down All Day
There have been many studies conducted on the advantages of standing at a desk rather than sitting. Those who sit down all day long risk the chances of gaining weight. Keep in mind, their body’s joints can pay the price. A standing desk provides straight posture, which avoids back and neck issues from sitting. Additionally, when you are standing, you are more likely to bounce around a bit. Sitting makes people tired, especially for long periods of time. Many say that the difference in their energy levels and overall well-being changed dramatically when they switched from a seated to a standing desk. Some say it is easy to do some squats or other exercises while standing at their desk at work. I switched to a standing desk 2 years ago and will never go back.
I am nothing without my lists. While cartoons depict superheroes, who are invincible, the real world provides a very different perspective. With all that you need to accomplish in a day’s time, it is impossible to remember it all. Make yourself lists to keep yourself organized. If you need milk from the store and go to the bank, a list will help you group things together to save time. Visualizing all that you need to do, and crossing each one off as it is done, will allow you to have a sense of accomplishment. Many people feel overwhelmed because they don’t realize how much they do accomplish in a day’s time.
Take A Power Nap or Meditate
Some businesses have realized the helpful aspects of napping. Many have gone as far as to include a nap room at their offices. Around 12 or 1 pm, the body feels full, and exhausted, after eating. A quick nap can energize you, and it gives you the boost you need to make it through the day. A power nap can be 10-30 minutes in length. If you are not lucky enough to have an employer that believes in this “down time,” then simply use your car or a break room for relaxation. Meditation is also a great way to get rid of stress. It helps you be on your “A” game and make it through the rest of the day.
Schedule Important Things In The AM
If you are like me, you do your best work in the morning. If you need to meet with clients or have important business to take care of, be sure to do it in the morning hours. The afternoons are usually when you are feeling the crunch of unfinished daily business and exhaustion. To give a matter your full attention, handle it in the am rather than the pm.
By following these five tips, you will be on your way to a less chaotic day. Keep yourself organized, and make sure you have all your goals written down each day. It’s how I make it through my crazy life.