Oh how I wish there were more hours in a day! I know it’s never going to happen so I’ll have to find a solution that’s a little more… realistic; meaning, how to be more productive. A myriad of information is available on the subject; here are the ones that I’ve found most helpful.
Create a List
The goal is to complete all of the tasks we set for the day. It’s therefore important to be realistic and to allow sufficient time to complete all of the tasks. For example, it’s more worthwhile to set three tasks that can realistically be completed in one day rather than set ten that we won’t be able to complete due to lack of time. One way to create an effective To Do list is to prioritize.
I complete my tasks for the day according to the order in which I have prioritized them. By taking this approach, I complete every task on my list regardless of unexpected interruptions.
Take Care Of Yourself
We’re all familiar with the expression “getting up on the wrong side of the bed”. The way we wake up sets the tone for our day and it all starts with a good night’s sleep. Some people need a solid eight hours of sleep while others need only four. The key is to listen to your body and respect its needs.
You can’t put a price on good health. Good nutrition is key. The goal is to choose foods that energize us rather than those that make us feel sluggish.
Create a balance
It’s important to do things that make us happy and to take care of ourselves, after all, “You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first”. Most of us wear more than one hat (mother, spouse, best friend, girlboss…) and face the pressure to be hyperproductive. The key lies in creating and maintaining a balanced life.
Several of my friends have experienced a burnout at one point or another in their lives. Know when to press the PAUSE button in order to catch your breath. Imagine, if you will, that you are a battery. A battery’s energy will eventually be drained from usage unless we recharge it. Well, the same goes for us.
Taking breaks also increases creativity. We often get our best ideas when least expected. Just like Archimedes, I get my best ideas when I’m taking a bath. I call them my Eureka moments.
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