It’s definitely apparent after spending a few minutes with me anyone would tell you I juggle many hats, and try incredibly hard to pull it off effortlessly. For as long as I can remember I have been a morning person, I have always been on time (this means 10 minutes early in my book), and seldom have I asked for help.
Since I was in elementary school I literally wake up, and my head is filled with a million thoughts of what I have to get done that day. I am ready to jump out of bed with my feet firmly planted on the floor ready to DO…ok maybe after my morning cup of coffee.
Here are some crucial pieces to my week that truly account for my success.
- I have a routine, and I seldom waiver from it. I am always categorizing and making systems for how to solve problems. From color coding, to utilizing a number system, it all makes a HUGE difference with keeping control over your schedule vs. your schedule running you.
- I keep things as simple as possible when it comes to daily repetitive decisions. My work wardrobe is 95% dresses. This means that I put on a dress, accessorize with a pair of earrings, and a belt, grab my shoes, and I am set!
- While drinking my coffee I try and focus on gratitude and being present in the moment. My biggest take away to crushing a day is your attitude and focusing on what you have.
- Breakfast is typically on the go, or I will have it while responding to any pertinent emails. My lunch is premade, and I learned awhile back that to eat healthy, and save time I needed to delegate this out. Thank goodness for meal delivery services. I choose my meals for the week, and they deliver them to my home or office that Sunday before. No excuses for not eating healthy and maximizing my time.
- If you are a parent it is no easy task to get yourself ready, as well as your kiddos, and get out the door to school, then work. I have always gotten up earlier then my boys since they were babies. I curl my hair with hot rollers so that I can do my make up while my hair is setting. I also can attend to their needs while my hair is up, and out of my way. I keep my makeup bag with me in my purse to finalize my makeup in the car with natural light if I am dropping my boys off.
- When working I typically utilize email because it is the most productive use of my time. It allows me to always reread my thoughts, and check for grammar, as well as pull up an email I previously sent within seconds. I am a big believer if something is not in writing it did not happen. Multi-tasking is much easier when writing emails than in person.
- When scheduling out my day I use three colors. Green for revenue producing activities, red for urgent/important matters to get done that day, and yellow for calls/follow up that are interchangeable. This allows me to clearly see what I can and cannot do, and focus my efforts on prioritizing every few hours.
- I know my peak performance hours- I maximize those to the fullest and allow myself to regroup during my poorest performance hours.
- I have trained my mind to think before committing to a task or event. For everything I say yes to, I am saying no to something else.
- I have lists and a notebook to keep it old school, and cross off what I have done, and visually see what else I need to complete
- I do not answer calls or emails just because. I use my yellow coded times to respond to calls/emails that are not urgent.
- I delegate out what I can based on my hourly rate. Know your worth, and how much your hourly rate coverts to be.
- When it comes to events/friends/ and personal time I always look at the whole week, and what are my must do activities, then balance out my week with a night in to work on my personal needs, and a night catching up with a friend for dinner/work event. Now a days we don’t have traditional 9-5 hours, especially for an entrepreneur. It is important to keep track of the number of hours you truly work in a week, and make time for reflecting, and uplifting activities.
One must always sacrifice in order to be successful at some point along their journey. Whether that’s the time with loved ones, time for yourself, or time doing activities you love. Remember your why. Always know why you make every moment count. Who are those precious moments adding up for?
Remember that when you’re not working that’s precious time to recharge, and be present with people. Make sure to place your phone somewhere completely out of your reach, or face down if it needs to be near by. I always have set hours where I try and place my phone in another room to enjoy my boys. If a day doesn’t go as planned forgive yourself. There is always tomorrow.
Enjoy every moment. Make every moment count, and remember that everything you chose to do is just that, a choice.