How to do more in a day

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 Comments
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Here’s the scenario: my husband is out, and I am home alone with an 11 month old, mobile baby, a super social dog, and a lonely cat. In other words, everyone is needy. Oh, I also work. Despite all of that responsibility, I was able to get a whole bunch of stuff done today:

  • Worked 8 hours
  • Delivered some freelance work on top of that
  • Fed, bathed, transported, and played with baby (after daycare)
  • Cleaned my entire downstairs
  • Went grocery shopping
  • Emptied all trashes & took the cans to the curb
  • Took an hour to work out
  • Ran two loads of laundry & one load of dishes
  • Wrote this blog
  • Had a cocktail

& to top it off, I’m headed to bed tonight at 10 PM. This is a normal occurrence for me.¬†

Here’s how you, too, can do more in a day

The secret is not in what I do, but in what I don’t do.¬†For example…

  1. I don’t commute: I can never leave my job because working from home saves my family so much stress. I cannot express how amazing it is.
  2. I don’t cook (during the week): I’m a huge fan of make ahead meals (especially chicken salad when I’m alone!) and pre-cut veggies/fruit/cheese to grab and go.
  3. I don’t sit and listen: For about one conference call per day, I can listen while I do the dishes
  4. I don’t fuck around at the store: Wunderlist – really any list – is my friend, and I stick to it at the store.
  5. I don’t watch TV: ¬†Because I notice that when I do, I can’t focus on anything for the rest of the day
  6. I don’t deprioritize myself: Even though everyone needs something, I set aside that hour to work through my yoga intention no matter what.

The other key to a productive day is planning. In order to avoid cooking, I have to prep on Sundays. In order to double up my meetings, I have to match chores to calls at the start of the day. In order to make errands as quick as possible, I have to decide their order & purposes.

 

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