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How To Get It All Done

I just recently had a conversation with my sister that I believe holds true for many of us.

Isabel & Vicki

After we discussed our endless to-do lists, our desires to accomplish a lot on a daily basis (as is the case for most people), and our need to take care of ourselves, my sister finally broke down and said,

"I just can't do it all!"

Have you ever had a moment like this? where you look at the daunting to-do list you've created for yourself and it seems like climbing Mount Everest might be easier?

Yup, we all do it...especially parents. We want a lot for ourselves and we want a lot for our children so we give ourselves more tasks than an army can handle.

So what is an overzealous, high-achieving person to do?

Well luckily for my sister (and now for you) I'm a bit of a time management expert...ok, this is self-proclaimed, but I think I can live up to that title with how effectively I run my life each day.

You see, I've always had a real passion for figuring out how to get more done in less time. It started back in high school when my dad told me I could keep my job at the GAP only if I kept my grades up. Because working at the GAP was super cool and gave me money to buy my own clothes, I strategically managed my time in order to get all my school work done, get all my chores done at home (which were a lot), and get to my job on time...oh yeah, and I think I also tried to sleep somewhere in there too.

Balancing Act

Fast forward many, many years later, and I had to take my time management skills to a whole new level when I was writing and developing what is now the Beyond Diet program while simultaneously running my own personal training and nutrition business. I would see an average of 8 clients a day and write every single day.

But that was not the most challenging to-do list I've had to deal with.

I really, and I mean really, had to step up my game once kids came into the picture (I can see all the parents nodding their heads now). Kids will require you to take time management to the "expert" level if you really want to get anything done. I don't mean this statement to be negative, it's really just a simple fact. Kids require a lot of your time, as do your other goals, so how do you "do it all" as my sister asked?

Here are the following strategies I use on a weekly basis to accomplish more than most people think is possible in a week. You don't need to implement every single one of these at once for your days to become more effective, so start with the one you think you can easily implement first.

1. I wake up early.

Alarm Clock

This right here is my secret sauce, my magic bullet, and the strategy that works for me the absolute best. In the quiet hours of the morning I get more done in 2 hours than I do the rest of the day. That seems like a pretty bold statement, but it proves to be true over and over again. I wake up between 4 and 4:30am and get started on my tasks right away. Now, you may not need to wake up that early (remember, I have 2 toddlers, a business I run, and I exercise and eat healthy each day) so maybe just waking up a little bit earlier than you are right now might do the trick.

What can you accomplish when the rest of the world is asleep?

Well, I'm writing this blog post right now and it's only 5:15am. I've already put in a load of laundry and completed a business document that is due today. After I'm done with this post, I'll start making lunches for my kiddos and get them ready for school. My husband takes them to school, so once they are off, I will put my workout clothes on and get in a quick 30 minute workout...and that's all before my work day gets started.

2. Plan your week.

Planner

Plan each day. By suggestion you get better at managing your time, I am in no way implying that I want you to rush through your day. Actually, it is my goal to teach you to do just the opposite. I want you to go about your tasks in a peaceful way so as not to be that crazed person running out the door, madly searching for your keys, while screaming at your kids (and yes, I have had these moments). If you plan each day ahead of time and leave a little room for setbacks and unexpected events, you will be able to accomplish a lot on any given day.

For me, I take about 1-2 hours on Saturday or Sunday and I write out what my goals are for the week (2 newsletters, 5 workouts, 4 different meetings with certain staff members...each week is different) and I then go into my online calendar and put everything in the calendar...yes, even my workouts! This really helps me stay focused throughout the day so I'm never asking myself, "What should I be doing right now?" I also plan out the week's dinners. I always have leftover dinner for lunch so as long as I plan out what we're eating for dinner each day, lunch is also taken care of.

3. Be flexible, but not too flexible.

Hey, it's life, and stuff will most definitely happen that will throw off your perfect schedule. If you come to terms with the fact that this will undoubtedly happen you won't be so frustrated when it does. When my kids were infants, my schedule was derailed a lot. But because I had done good planning, even accomplishing 50% of what I had planned was better than what would have happened if I had not planned at all. Be sure to respect your schedule and follow it, but when you need to be a little flexible and move things around, that is still ok. Remember, I want you to be strategic with your time, not hurried, rushed, or stressed. I truly believe that if you have a game plan for each day you will be less hurried and stressed and will feel more peaceful as you go about your day.

Do you have a strategy that has helped you "get it all done"? I'd love to hear it! Your tips may be just what someone else needs to hear today.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Meal planning   
       2 posts
  1. Balance   
       1 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Clean eating   
       1 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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