Whether you have a family yet or not, life always seems to be mega fast-paced. Whilst I’ve always been pretty organised, I still find it amazing that pre-kids I always thought I didn’t have enough time to do everything I wanted to do, yet now I have 3 of the ankle biters, I actually manage to do more (albeit spinning a few plates at times!).
If I know I’ve got a lot of things to do the next day, whether it’s work-related or child/life admin-related, I find that the following habits on a morning really help me hit the ground running.
1. Sort your workspace
Whether your workspace is an office desk, a home desk, or simply the place where you’ll be spending lots of your time that day, I find that having somewhere clean, tidy and inspiring REALLY helps. It’s cheesy, but I definitely subscribe to the mantra “tidy space, tidy mind”, and I find it hard to get focused if where I need to be is cluttered. I also make it appealing, with a couple of nice trinkets, decent candle, and a mint playlist. Job done.
2. Set Priorities
I usually try and set the day’s priorities the night before, as I find my ‘to do’ list floats around my head when I want to go to sleep. BUT, if I can’t do this, then I write them down first thing, so I know what to get cracking on with first. I always start with my non-negotiable’s and things that can’t be moved – i.e. meetings or events. From there, I list three main priorities that I want to get done, and put them at the the top of my list so they are easily visible. Finally, I jot down any other bits and pieces I would like to achieve that day (or week). Always remember that life is unpredictable – I try and allow room for movement and not get too stressed if it all goes a bit pear-shaped. Recently, a teething baby has scuppered some of my evening work plans, and as I write this I have a post-Halloween poorly Freddie in bed, who might not make it into school tomorrow. If I get my top three tasks done at the beginning of the day, anything else is a welcome bonus!
3. Make time for your crew
Texts, social media, What’s App…all great but can be really distracting throughout the day. If I can, I try and drop people close to me a line and catch up on chats at the start of the day whilst I’m having a coffee or feeding the baby, otherwise it will be playing on my mind later on. If I’ve done this, I really feel ahead of myself.
4. Werk, Werk, Werk emails
These can feel never-ending! I try and clear the important emails at the beginning of the day within 10 minutes (I often set a timer!), and then schedule some time to go back to non-urgent ones later.
Do you have any tips/advice for starting your day productively? If so, let me know in the comments below and I’ll quote you and add them to this blog post.
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