Discover how to take control of your day.
Does it feel like there’s always something else to do? And then, when you get some time to relax, do you find yourself sitting there thinking what else do you need to do?
Meagan Mackenzie shares a few tips to help you complete what you need to do, but also fit in some R&R as well.
This is a way to block out certain times of the day so that you know exactly what you’re going to be working on in that period of time. It’s great to make a ‘to do’ list, but what happens is we keep adding to that list without taking into account how much time each task will take. So, we add more to the list than time or energy will allow. Then at end of day, when we haven’t completed everything on the list, we get overwhelmed and disappointed. So instead, take control. Megan recommends blocking out specific times in the day when you’re going to do particular tasks. This adds more structure to the day rather than adding more and more to your list, while hoping there’s enough time in the day to complete everything.
Track your progress
For every item on your schedule, make sure you mark it as completed. This helps you feel a sense of accomplishment that will encourage you to keep going with the rest of your tasks. You’ll feel relieved that you’re on the way to completing all your tasks, which helps to alleviate stress.
Only focus on one thing at a time and that one thing is what you’ve scheduled into that particular time block on your calendar. So, take control. Turn off your email, cell phone social media – all the things that distract us. You can always time block when you will check your emails and return phone calls.
Have you ever gone onto Facebook to quickly check your status, and an hour later, you’re still scrolling through? Social media drain is a huge time waster, so Megan advises making an effort to ensure you don’t get distracted by time wasters like Facebook.
It’s also important to block out time for relaxation. This might be the odd half-hour throughout the day where you take a walk. Or at the end of the day, settling back to watch netFlix, which you can do because you’re completed everything on your list. Megan emphasizes that breaks are very important so you can re-charge your batteries. Then, you have the mental capacity and energy you need to complete everything on your list. It also gives you something to look forward to throughout the day.
Keep in mind there are going to be times when you need to eliminate something from the list or re-schedule it, because there isn’t enough time to get everything done. Things can pop up and sometimes our days can take an unexpected turn, forcing us to focus on things we didn’t schedule. If that happens, Megan reminds us that’s life! So, don’t be too upset about it. Just re-schedule the task for another day. Know you did everything you could to complete the task. Due to circumstances beyond your control, you couldn’t get it done.
Get a good night’s sleep
Nobody can be productive when they’re tired and dragging their feet. So, Megan recommends getting 7-9 hours’ sleep a night. This will help you to think straight, and will give you the energy you need to get through your day.
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