3 Reasons You aren't as Productive as You Think You are.
But instead, I am pretty sure your days go something like this:
Work on your business (emailing clients, making and packaging orders, etc).
Finally in bed and it takes 2 hours to go to sleep.
Phew! I am exhausted from just typing all of that! Most women live this scenario (give or take a few details). Other people see you as Superwoman, while you see yourself as a chicken with its head chopped off. Don't you feel like that?
There are multiple reasons you're so busy, I'll just focus on these 3:
1. Doing too much at once.
Write down everything you do (from church events, Facebook group admin, to PTA, work, etc). Determine which activity you can cut out to relieve yourself from the stress of overbooking yourself. You need to lessen your load! I had to do this myself. It was challenging, however, so freeing once I relinquished the idea that I had to do everything and be everything.
2. You have a messy, unpredictable routine.
If you don't set up a healthy routine throughout your day, then you'll be left with feeling defeated before you even get out of the door. A routine isn't a schedule. It's simply an order in which you do things. Instead of getting the kids ready first, take some time and primp yourself. Even if that means....dare I say it....waking up a few minutes earlier GASP!!
Spend that time with yourself. Do a devotion, meditation, or a self-affirmation session. Wash and moisturize your face. Get yourself ready. Then get the kids ready, or teach them how to get themselves ready (if they are the appropriate age).
I know focusing on ourselves first sounds selfish, however, you can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first, fill your cup, then pour into the kids! It's a struggle to get past this mindset, I've had to overcome the exact challenge, however, it is healthier this way.
3. You don't have a Plan.
If you don't have a healthy routine, chances of you having a plan for the day is likely slim to none. When I say, "have a plan" I do not mean a detailed schedule of what to do and when. I am referring to being prepared for your day. Simply have a goal (if you need help creating one, feel free to snag the "How to create a goal and crush it workbook).
Planning your day simply means that you know what you're doing ahead of time. You're not just "going with the flow". This leaves wiggle room (yes, I just wiggled in my chair as I typed that) for idleness, for wasted time, and for wasted energy.
I hope that has helped you! Before you head out, be sure to be a part of The Magnolian Tribe on Facebook. We have so much fun. You'll be encouraged to be productive and accomplish your plan for the day!
See you next week, when I talk about planning to be productive!