Moving Life from Coarse to Sleek
At one point or another, some of us, myself included, have encountered such a busy and hectic schedule that we felt unable to consider our organization, routines or the goals we had set. Over the past couple of years, I have been putting in overtime each day in order to put myself in a better position to be able to provide the most value to as many people as possible, while enjoying the life I live. I continue to focus on specific actions that help increase my productivity and efficiency. The tips that I will be sharing with you this month have proven to have a huge impact on mitigating mental and physical stress!
Start off by "time blocking".
Select 20 minutes to an hour to dedicate a moment of rest and reset. This tip was a pretty hard one for me to adapt as it was tough to even fathom the idea of stopping everything and doing absolutely nothing for even just 20 minutes. After a few practices, though, I soon realized that I was able to actually focus better and increase my productivity in whatever it was I was engaged in. This practice can be done first thing in the morning, during lunch, right after work or even right before bed. Similar to your body after it's been through stress, your brain would also appreciate a break from time to time.
Write it down.
You already have more than enough going on upstairs, as it is. Writing things down removes some of that mental load that tends to build up on a daily basis. I try to write everything down that needs to be done the next day before going to bed. Once I began making lists each night, going to sleep became a breeze, and I ended up with more structure for the next day. I was no longer up, rolling around and thinking, "Did I forget something?" or, "What was that thing that I've been putting off for so long?" I found this habit to be very helpful in organizing my life and increasing my sleep quality.
Respect your time.
You can tie the previous tips into this one and let everyone around you know when you are and are not available. Just like everyone else, you are a very important person, and you have habits to crush, routines to stick to and goals to achieve. Put your phone on airplane mode and set a schedule for checking emails (once in the morning, afternoon and evening, for me) or throw those headphones on. This may upset some people at first, but they will soon understand and respect this time just as much as you do, if you stay consistent.
Continue to review and reflect on how things are working for you. Go over your lists at the end of the day and see how you did. Look for areas where you can improve. Analyze your time blocks and record the effects that this break has had on the rest of your day. Continue to respect your time. These can be challenging as "life happens", but it will put you in a better position to move from coarse to sleek. Next week, I will be diving in even further, so stay tuned!
"Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?"
-Roy H. Williams