We all have 24hrs in a day, it all comes down to how we manage the time we have.
We have all heard that before and it never gets any less aggravating. How do some people seem to get so much more done in their 24hr period than others? Personally, I thrive on what could qualify as organized chaos I feel so much better about myself if I have accomplished A LOT in a day. I want to help give you some inspiration and tips to stay focus and accomplish more in your busy day. My two main points I want you to grasp are actually quotes in a book by Dave Ramsey.
- Tell your day where to go so you don’t wonder where it went.
- If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time. -Zig Ziglar
Starting with take away number 1: Tell your day where to go.
Every evening make a to-do list for the following day. Once you have all of your to-do’s on there go back through and put an A by the items that need to be done today. Thinks like places you have to be, grocery shopping because there is not enough in the cabinets to make a meal. Things like that.
Then put a B beside everything that would be nice to have completed today but does not have a time or due dates such as bills or Dr. appointments. Now once you have a letter assigned to every item on your list go back through and give each item in the A’s a number (Example; A1, A2, A3), now do the same with the B’s. Now you should have a to-do list that looks something like this.
- A1. To-do
- A2. To-do
- B1. To-do
- B2. To-do
If you are anything like me you probably have more on that list than humanly passable to complete.
This is were the spice comes in. If all you get done that day is the A1 item THAT’S OK! Just move the others to the next day. You got the highest priority accomplished and that is what is important.
Get a Planner:
Yes, even you male readers out there.. I am sure you can find a manly one;) get a planner and put EVERYTHING you want to accomplish in that planner. I personally have two planners and I will explain why in a minute. My favorites are the planners with one full page for each day so you can write you to-do list in the planner. You may not have an “appointment” each day but we all have things that need to be done. This a where learning to say no comes to be an important part of plan your day. Sure you do not have anywhere to be. BUT! You do have a full day.
The peace it brings knowing I do not have 50+ things on my to-do list weighing on my mind helps be enjoy the times spent fellowshipping with others so much better.
I also have a 2nd 2-year planner for events and keeping track of livestock breedings on the homestead, Larger projects like building pens or lean-to style hutches for the show rabbits. Or any other projects that need to be done in a specific time of the year. This may not be necessary but having a “month at a glance” is extremely helpful when someone wants to set up a meeting and you can quickly look to see who busy your week is.
I know what your thinking “I just put everything on my phone, I don’t need a planner”. What happens if you are on said phone and you need to make an appointment or see when you are available?
Take away number 2: Set Goals for yourself.
If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time – Zig Ziglar.
That is so true whether we have a business to run or are stay at home moms (which is a business in itself). Making a to-do list and sticking to it is a goal. They do not have to be huge goals just as long as you have one.
Rather than running around crazy hoping and praying we make it to the end of the day alive, let’s take just 15 minutes the day before to help calm our day to come.
Shared on the simple life homestead mom blog.