Have you noticed that some things that you want to get done are harder, even though you are excited about them, but actually more excited for when they will be done? Procrastination can be our downfall or at least a big hinderance. Today is another chance to have another go at it! You know best how you like to work and get into your rhythm.
Just a few tips to help you get those things done, so you reach your goals is to:
- Start with the hardest project first, while you are at your freshest. (At the end of the week, if this is your biggest thing done, you will most likely still feel really good about your accomplishment, especially if it has been on your “have to do” list for a while).
- If you need uninterrupted time, it can help to schedule it in your calendar. If you need multiple days, but with shorter time blocks, schedule these in also and try to stick to it as much as possible. Be flexible though, as unpredictable priorities do tend to pop up.
- Make your daily to do list shorter. What things can be moved to another day?
- Close your door if needed, if your situation allows.
- Take breaks as needed to help rejuvenate and pep back up. Often just a five minute walk can help.
When you have reached your goal, Congratulate yourself, You have done it! Everything else you do is just icing on the cake! Now STRETCHHH, You can do it!
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When you are told something, do you feel you need to help make it right somehow? Are you a constant fixer? Does the person want you to just listen or to fix? In the workplace, is it something that someone else wants you to do that maybe isn’t really yours to own? Is it the same people in your life that you are frequently called to help? Granted there are those who truly need our help, but you also really know who those are, such as children, the sick, and the elderly. But what about those you know can or should be able to figure something out for themselves? Would you feel guilty if you said no?
If you are a fixer and helper, often the first inclination is to jump right in and do something about it, to fix it or to help them fix it. While that is often admirable in someone, when is it too much? It is not uncommon to start to feel resentful or you just don’t have time, which is often true. You might start feeling burnt out. Do you stop and take care of things brought to you so often that you find yourself getting behind in your own responsibilities or cramming in long hours of a day or week to get everything done? While it is a good thing to be able to help, ask yourself first, is this mine to own? Why do I feel this is mine? Will it get done otherwise if I don’t do it? Do I have to be the person to do it? Again, is it really mine to own?
Wow, so many questions above, but the real one — Is it Mine to Own?
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Almost everything is done, actually a little ahead this year, which is a great feeling! But then I have already entered into the land of cutting back or cutting out so that I can get it all done. Baking is in my first cut to go, though there is a pretty nice looking pumpkin pie done. Hopefully, it tastes as good as it looks! I still need to bake an fresh apple spice cake for those who don’t like pumpkin pie, plus it is a brand new recipe that I did earlier this fall that was a big hit. Did you know though that St. Valentine’s Day is also a very good day to make sweets too? Will just move some of the sweets agenda to then. Nothing like thinking ahead. Besides it will be good for all of our Fitbit tracking as we start looking at our next year resolutions, right?
One of the UFO (unfinished object), a beach quilt, that has taken up residence on my sewing table more years than I can remember, is nearly ready for wrapping as a BIG surprise! Woo Hoo ! Some other homemade gifts are done, that’s “my ahead of schedule part”, as I’m usually still working into the wee mornings of the very last day to finish them. Exactly why I decided to not make my wedding dress. So see, I’m finally learning after all this time how nice it is to finish up earlier.
Too busy to slow down? What can be pared down? Do you really need all the great things you had planned or wanted to try this holiday? There are some great shortcuts out there you know. There are also other special occasions and holidays to spread all those new recipes around. Trust me on this, store boughten bake goods will still be eaten. (I must remember this for next year). You can keep some things warm a little ahead in the crockpot or broaster oven if you have one. Of course, for wrapping, gift bags are way so easy.
Then when you finish up early, you can put your feet up, put on those Christmas socks, while you sip on eggnog (or wine), listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas Story, or whatever makes you feel the holiday best. We’re supposed to have a White Christmas here, so maybe I’ll just turn out the lights and watch the earth turn all snowy white while big fluffy flakes float down in the winter light. Merry Christmas & Good Night!
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra
Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned? I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup. The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small! But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.
Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.
12 Tips for living “your” day:
- Keep a calendar that is reasonable
- Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
- Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
- Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
- It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
- Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
- Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
- Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
- Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
- Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
- Make “Sleep” a priority. Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
- Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)
Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be! Thank you for taking time out to visit today.