When I first wake up, I peek at the clock to make sure I’m not wasting good sleep time by rising before 7 a.m. Then, I start planning my day in my head.
It goes something like this (not exactly like this, you understand, but something like this):
One step: get out of bed.
Two steps: Slip my feet into my slippers, while I yawn and unplug my phone from the charger.
Three steps: Stand up. Stand up and face the day, dammit!
I could go on listing steps, but it would just get boring. Truth is, I have a routine that isn’t a routine. I have freedom to do as I please on my side. I do generally get to my desk by 8:00, and I do have a schedule I follow once I get there. A schedule that includes walking the dog, BTW.
But, my world is not a 9-5 job. I could sing working nine to five all day long and only relate because I was once a nine to fiver. All those years ago.
For folks who are 9-5, folks who even treat their entrepreneurial endeavors as a 9-5 serious work day, here are a few tips and tricks to get yourself out the door every day.
I share these tips because time management is such a huge thing these days. We’re all overwhelmed and overbooked, and it impacts our ability to be effective.
You may find a few of these tips and tricks rather ordinary. Even just common sense. But, we all need to get hit over the head with common sense now and then. We need that reminder that we do know the answer, we do have the solution, we aren’t totally lost in some closet of our own making.
Okay, here we go:
Plan ahead. I always put my clothes out the night before. Yep, underwear, socks, and whatever else I needed. Out and ready to put on after my shower.
Have breakfast ready. If you eat breakfast. I know there is a whole group of folks who forgo breakfast because they are in the intermittent fasting craze. I approve. If it works for you, do it. But for those who do eat breakfast, even if it’s just a bagel with coffee, have it ready. Don’t stand in front of the refrigerator going, “Hmmmmm” because before you know it it’ll be nine o’clock and you’ll be, “Rats! I’m late!” and there goes breakfast.
If you drive to work, I like urging folks to vary their route to keep the mind alert, but if you take a bus or train, that’s not possible. So, if you drive, select a new way every day. Oh the places you’ll go! The sights you will see!
If you take a bus or train, vary your work or reading material. Or, just meditate. Do something unusual. Create a little early morning fun for yourself. You’ll begin to look forward to it every day.
Don’t multitask. I like to multitask with the best of them. Whoever that is. Truth be told, studies show that it doesn’t work. You need to take one task at a time, and give it your all. Don’t try to ride two bicycles at once. It just won’t work. In fact, check out Robbi’s how to have focus blog post. Good stuff.
Choose something pretty, colorful, deliberate to wear each day. Gone are the days when those of us who are a size 12 or more had to wear drab grey and brown outfits. Now, we can bring design and color and joy into our wardrobe. Yay us! We’re women with verve and purpose, parading our confidence to the whole world! And, that link is from 2006 so even if Google gets mad at me for putting it here, it’s going to stay here. The blog post is worth reading. It’s over on the Lipsticking site.
Adopt a “this too shall pass” attitude. This is especially helpful if you have a meeting to attend that you are not looking forward to. Or, if you have to meet with someone you aren’t so fond of, for lunch. Or, if you haven’t finished the Caruso report and your boss is bombarding you with unpleasant emails. This too shall pass. Everything does. And seldom does the passing deserve the tears and recriminations we give it.
Truth be told, all of this is in the planning.
Planning your day, even your week (your month if you can!) helps take the trouble and worry off of your shoulders and allows you to get up, get out, and be happy about it.
I know, I know, there are going to be times when you cannot be happy. But, those should be few and far between.
It’s your job to take the steps to bring happiness into your life, and then to share it with the entire world. We need more happy, don’t you think?
If you have other tips and tricks, won’t you share them in the comments so we can learn from you?
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