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…
- 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.
- 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.
- I don’t sit and listen: For about one conference call per day, I can listen while I do the dishes
- I don’t fuck around at the store: Wunderlist – really any list – is my friend, and I stick to it at the store.
- I don’t watch TV: Because I notice that when I do, I can’t focus on anything for the rest of the day
- 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.