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Schedule time each day to work on your to-do list
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Take care of yourself
Have you ever said, “There is just not enough time in the day!”?
Or, maybe you feel like you are busy all day rushing from here to there yet at the end of the day you find yourself saying, “I didn’t get anything done!”
Before we can talk about finding time in a crazy busy schedule, we have to look at Time Stealers - those little pesky gnat-like things that absorb your time and lead to a sense of overwhelm.
Time Stealer #1:
Hitting The Snooze Button
Seriously, if you hit the snooze button 3x every morning, you probably just lost 20-25 minutes right smack at the beginning of the day without your foot even hitting the floor. You are now 20-25 minutes late to your “perfectly” planned day.
If you have trouble getting up in the morning, then you probably need to evaluate your bedtime. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep. You can’t burn the candle at night and expect to start your day feeling rested.
Time Stealer #2:
If I told you that your job this weekend is to clean your house, what is your immediate reaction?
Are you overwhelmed?
Are you thinking that “I can’t clean this entire house in 1 day!”?
What if I told you to just clean the kitchen.
Do you feel less pressure?
What if I told you to clean the refrigerator, the oven, and the counter tops?
Do you feel a bit of relief that you only have 3 things to clean now?
This is what it means to be SPECIFIC.
When you have a big goal like cleaning the house and you break it down into SPECIFIC tasks, the big goal becomes much more achievable.
It is overwhelming to think of the big goal. It can even seem insurmountable.
If we use our cleaning house example, let’s say you have a 3 bedroom - 2 bathroom house. You also have a kitchen, dining area, and living room. You have a laundry room. And you have a finished basement. That’s 10 areas to clean and each of those 10 areas has lots of stuff associated with it....
With school, sports, music, theater, and club schedules often overlapping, the life of a student and a student’s parents or family can be a little chaotic.
When students participate in multiple activities, the schedule can be overwhelming, meal time is often on-the-go, and sleep schedules are often disrupted.
Keeping everything organized is the key to getting everyone where they need to go and keeping them healthy along the way.
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