Do you work a 9-5 job?
Or a few part-time jobs?
Do you struggle to balance all of your work, while also trying to balance reaching your goals and dreams?
I know how you probably feel.
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a work-life balance? One where everything ran perfectly fine with just the right amount of time being used for different activities. And also being left with a good amount of time where you could relax and rejuvenate yourself so you are ready for the next day.
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It can be hard, but I want to help you feel like your life is more balanced so you’ll be able to get stuff done for work while also reaching your personal dreams or side- business goals.
Someone once told me that there is no work-life balance in life because you only have one life. Which makes sense, right?
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But then why can it be so hard to feel zen about everything that needs to be done or about the never ending to-do list sitting on your desk?
The person who told me that was right, but it all comes down to how well planned you are or how good of a schedule follower you are.
Have you ever felt super unorganized? To the point that you feel like you’ll never finish the projects that are on your to-do lists, because when it comes to the end of the day you just want to sit in front of the tv and relax?
I know I’ve felt that way! But you know what? You have to stand up tall and brush the dust off your knees. Pull out your schedule book, because you’ll need it.
You know what, though? In order to get there, you need to stand up tall and brush the dust off your knees. Pull out your schedule book and a notebook, because you’ll need it.
5 Tips To Get You Organized And On Track Again
An unorganized life comes from the lack of planning. I know that planning things can be difficult especially if you are busy and tired. But it takes some time and work to get on track. Here are some steps that’ll definitely help you get on track again.
1. FIRST OFF
At the beginning of the day make your bed. You will have accomplished one thing.
2. Eat a frog. Okay, not really.
Mark Twain was known for saying:
“Eat a live frog first thing every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Aim to get the hardest thing done first thing in the morning so that you can go on with your life. You won’t have to constantly worry about getting it done when you’ve triumphed it first thing. Do you struggle
Do you struggle getting to the gym? Do that first thing in the morning. Set up your gym clothes and shoes the night before.
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3. Write out a massive to-do list.
Write down everything you need to get done. Everything that comes to mind. And it doesn’t matter if this is all things you need to get done today or next month. Write it all down.
4. What are three things that you’d like finished by the end of the day?
Now, pick 3 things that you want to have accomplished by the end of the day. Jeff Atwood suggests that you ask yourself every day what three things you want to have finished. And then ditch the other ideas. Or save them for another day.
What are the top three things you’d like to have finished today:
1. Most important thing that MUST be finished.
2. Something that would ALSO be nice to get done.
3. Something fun.
5. Write out your week, month, and year.
Pen down what you’d like to have accomplished by when. Another thing I’ve found very helpful is using colored pens. Use a different color for different activities.
Also, if you have things you need to do, but you don’t want to mess up your planner. Write out the things you need done on a sticky note and post it on your planner page.
Focus and really focus on the thing you are doing at the moment. If you feel the ping to check your cell phone or your email kick that out of your mind and continue working. This will be hard but it’s helpful to get you through your project. (actionable steps to do this.)
Stop lying to yourself and telling yourself that you will get more done than you can. Set realistic goals.
You can sort them out kind of like this:
The Next Three Months:
And if you can think far enough in advance, what are some dreams you’d like to accomplish by next year?
6. Time Blocks
Block off your time. Using time blocks is a great way to set and reach smaller goals that will help you reach your bigger goals.
You can do this with your work, creative projects, side businesses, and also the things around the house that need to be done.
Here is an example:
9:00 – 9:10 am – Make some tea, while making your to-do list for the day ahead.
9:10 – 10:00 am – Finish painting.
10:00 – 10:45 am – Finish the new blog post.
10:45 – 11:00 am – Start writing new product post.
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Lunch and walk with the dogs.
At the end of the day you can also prep for the next day by following the same time-block steps. Then in the morning you don’t even have to waste time.
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7. Have a content planning meeting with yourself or your team.
Depending on whether you have a content marketing team or if you fly solo. Take a sticky note pad with you and fill out all your ideas onto the sticky notes.
I have a giant calendar on my office wall, where I stick the sticky notes so that I can see when things need to be published.
You can do this too!
There are two steps that I take.
Step 1. What categories will your posts cover?
On the right side of the photo you will see a list of pink sticky notes with little green ones attached to them. Each of the pink stickies have topics or characteristics that my blog persona would like reading about.
Each of the green stickies attached to the pink ones are blog ideas that have to do with that category.
Some other things to keep in mind while listing out things that your readers might enjoy:
1. What kind of things would your audience like hearing about? Or reading about?
2. What are their pain points? What troubles them?
3. What are your competitors writing about?
4. What questions are their readers asking?
Use those prompts to help you come up with some content ideas.
Step 2. Pick out your winning ideas and then fill up your calendar.
Want To Get More Done During The Day?
Are you struggling to get the things on your to-do list done? Once 2pm comes around do you feel the itch for a pop or maybe even a nap? The latter can be hard especially if you work during those hours.
Here are some things you can do to get more done during the day.
1. Take a mini vacation during the day.
You might wonder how that could be possible. It’s not exactly like you could fly to Hawaii over lunch break, right?
Yeah, that wouldn’t be doable.
When I say, “Take a mini vacation during the day” what I mean is take a minimum of a15-30 minute break away from the computer.
Get up and go for a walk. Go to the park near where you work. Keep a blanket in your car and take it to the park and lay it out and then take a small rest, read a book, or draw something. Take a break. You do deserve it.
They say that you should actually get up every 90-120 minutes throughout the day.
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement said that at “Somewhere between 90 and 120 minutes, the body begins to crave a period of rest or recovery. Signals include a desire to yawn and stretch, hunger pangs, increased tension, difficulty concentrating, an inclination to procrastinate or fantasize, and a higher incidence of mistakes.”
- You must ask yourself, how can you take a period of rest? A mini-vacation, if you will.
- Where can you fit in the time? Schedule it out. Use a smart watch or set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get up.
2. Stay hydrated.
Water is super important. You may already know this. Do you ever get sick of the “blagh-ness” of water? If so, why not try making some spa water with some strawberries and mint? Get some other awesome spa water recipes and other great creative living exercises here.
3. Go To Bed Earlier.
You might already know this too, but it’s a must especially if you want to wake up earlier and want to get more done in a day.
Tips to get to bed earlier:
- Take a bath with Dr. Teal’s bath salts. I really love the milk and honey kind.
- Get an essential oil diffuser and fill it with water and 2-3 drops of lavender oil.
- Turn off your technology at least an hour before bed.
- Set out your clothes for the morning.
4. Set A Timer.
If you struggle to stay focused on working on a single project. Set a timer for just 20-30 minutes and dedicate that time fully and completely to the project on hand. Ship it! Don’t focus on too many other things at the same time.
This is also known as the Pomorado technique. Don’t get lost in the small details. Ship.
5. Keep a “later” notebook next to your keypad.
If ideas come to you a lot, like they do to me. Then jot your ideas down quickly before you forget them. And then go through it at the end of the day when you make your to do list for tomorrow.
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Weary? Need Rest?
Yes! Who else?
Raise your hand.
Maybe you need to take an “unplugged” day if you can. An “unplugged” day is one that you stay off of the computer. If you can’t go a whole day dedicate a few hours to being unplugged. Turn your phone and other technology off. Go for a walk. Read. Take a bubble bath, or take a nap.
Some Things You Probably Haven’t Thought Of
1. Who Are You Becoming?
Are you giving up too much of yourself to the wrong kinds of people?
This makes me think back to a sculptor named, Constantin Brâncuși who knew Picasso. He said he couldn’t hang out with him because then he’d be drained and unable to continue working on his projects. But, after Picasso hung out with him, he’d be full of energy. He’d sucked the energy from Brâncuși. Picasso was an energy vampire.
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Do you have an energy vampire?
How can you get away from your energy vampire?
The longer you spend holding onto your vampire the more your work and creation is going to suffer.
Tips To Deal With Your Vamp
When you hang around these people it can be hard to hold onto your sanity.
I can hear many of you asking “What do you do if a relative is an energy vampire?
- Love them, but maybe schedule the amounts of time or the best times to see them.
- Schedule seeing them after you’ve created or worked on your things.
- Afterwards, take a nap. Sometimes that’s all you can do to re-energize yourself.
2. Rearrange Your Schedule
If you are a night owl, have you ever thought of trying to switch up your schedule to the opposite?
Or have you ever thought of working on creating or making a new habit at a time where you wouldn’t usually work on it?f you usually go straight home after work have you ever thought of going to the gym right after to change up your workout schedule?
For example, do you usually go straight home after work? But would you like to start getting in shape? Have you ever thought of going to the gym right after to change up your workout schedule?
3. Outsource your work or ask someone else to do something for you.
Are there some things that you just can’t deal with doing?
Do you struggle with scheduling your social media? Or setting up your blog? Or maybe even cleaning your house?
Have you ever thought of hiring someone to do those things for you?
Sometimes that’s all you need in order to stay focused on what you are working on.
You Are All Ready To Have A Work-Life Balance?
You’ll be able to use all of these tips and tricks to get more organized, feel less stressed and tired, as well as getting more of your own creative work done. You’ll also feel more energized and relaxed.
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