“The most important thing is to remember the most important thing” - Suzuki Roshi.
Whether it’s the kids or yourself returning to full time or part time school or other activities this fall, chances are, life is about to get a lot more chaotic and crazy. With more items on the to-do list, and the same hours in a day to complete them, organization and time management will become essential. We’ve put together some useful strategies and suggestions to help you bring your A-Game each and every day this fall!
In the absence of an adequate daily blueprint, we welcome unnecessary temptation, stress, and anxiety. Preparation and planning are both key drivers for success, and with greater demands placed on us to perform at our peak, it’s imperative that we remain on top of our game, having our daily plays well marked out. Learning to compromise, acknowledge and be okay with things not always going to plan with be important. As we know life happens, and we must continue to strive for excellence over perfection.
Time management becomes of the utmost importance when we have a full schedule and sadly, usually the very things we need most to remain on top of our game are the things that we push to the side first. If we do not allow ourselves adequate time to sleep, decompress and relax, we run the risk of lowering our productivity, our mood and burning out. Being aware of the non-negotiable items which we require to function optimally, and committing to making them a priority will be a key driver to our success.
When thinking about what keeps you grounded and operating at your best, take the below into consideration:
Before commencing your new busy schedule, take the time to create appropriate and effective routines for your day, which include your daily activities such as meal prep, training, personal errands and relaxation time. Solid routines can be a game changer when time constraints are tight, as they allow us to work on automatic, reducing stress and increasing efficiency. Generally, if you feel there is a faster way to do something, there usually is. When creating your routines, take the time to identify your most productive periods and ensure that the tasks which require most output are allocated according to those time slots. The more time we gain due to efficiencies, the greater time we have to play!
Increased daily duties, decreases the free and available time we have for the staple household chores and personal admin duties which are necessary to keep food in the fridge and a roof over our head. Given that we now have less time for extracurricular activities such as cable TV, magazine subscriptions etc, decreasing these luxuries frees’ up available funds which could be used to offset the outsourcing of some of our daily household chores. In order to maintain a clear mind and calm atmosphere, it is imperative that we operate in a clutter free environment. Ensuring you have your personal business is in order by outsourcing, not only frees up valuable time for yourself, it gives back into the community by creating a business opportunity for someone else.
People love to help and if we don’t ask we don’t receive. Never be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Getting the kids involved in the daily running of the house or asking your family to help out brings everyone together, creates a sense of community and gets things done!
Have realistic expectations of yourself and understand that there is only one of you. Everything that must get done will, and if it doesn’t the world will not end. When we place demands and unrealistic expectations on ourselves, we set ourselves up for frustration and disappointment. Our attitude will dictate our experience in all situations, so If expect things to go well and they usually do.
With back to school around the corner, it means it’s back to routine for many of us. With larger work loads come long days, and a greater need for fuel.
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