The concept of time management isn’t new. As technology has gotten more complex we find it harder not easier to find extra minutes in the day. As a busy mom, whether you are working out of the home or are CEO of the family, it feels like there is never enough seconds in the day to get everything done.
It starts with mindset. Many years ago when my daughters were younger, it seemed impossible to be on time to school. There was one year in particular where we really were challenged to arrive before the bell would ring. There is a feeling of always being rushed, panic sets in and the adrenaline is pumping (not always in a good way). Then we shifted our thinking and everything changed.
One of the biggest influences on how to feel more in control was looking to mentors who had systems. New York Times Best-selling author, entrepreneur and the creator of many top fitness videos, Chalene Johnson developed a program called 30 Day Push. Chalene started the video series just prior to the launch of her book Push and it is incredibly easy to follow with small incremental tasks to do every day.
Four Tips To Help Find More Time In Your Day
Start Each Day Early: One of the proven ways people stay on track with time is to get an early start. For some it is meditating, others it is doing exercise. Whatever activity helps you focus, try getting up 30 minutes earlier. It can seem impossible to imagine waking up earlier but once you try it for two weeks, it becomes easier and feels like second nature.
Try These Apps and Schedulers: If you have an iOS device, there are several apps to help stay organized. Awesome Note is a favorite for creating lists on the phone where you will always see it. Another tool is IFTT (If This Then That) that sends scheduled text message to your cellphone. You can create a recipe for anything and the app has many suggestions if you need ideas.
Block Time and Stay On Task: Chalene Johnson has online academies and podcasts where she teaches the benefits of completing single tasks. Our brain can only handle one thing at a time and you will gain minutes and hours by just doing one thing during a block of time.
Eat The Frog: Even the most organized person procrastinates and pushes off the thing that is the hardest to do. In his book “Eat That Frog” Brian Tracy gives 21 great ways to stop procrastinating. It was developed after Mark Twain who said “if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.” The idea is to get the biggest most important thing done first.
Try implementing just one of the above ideas and see how it goes. What is your favorite way to gain an extra 10 minutes? Share it with us below or on Facebook. We love hearing from you!