Creating and following a schedule is the best way to use all of your time as efficiently as possible. Working on a schedule helps you meet deadlines, keep appointments and stay focused on the task at hand. But, following a schedule can be difficult - especially if you aren’t used to planning out your day. Here are some things to keep in mind while making and maintaining your schedule.
Make a To-Do List
The first thing to consider when setting up a schedule is knowing what you need to accomplish. Make a list of everything that you need to get done in a day, as well as a list of leisure activities or other things that you would like to do. Once you’ve made your lists, you can decide how much time you need for each activity and use this to develop a schedule. Schedule high-priority activities first and work everything else in around them.
Use a Planner
Record all of your scheduled events in one organisational tool like a planner. You can use a physical copy or an app on...
A disorganised, overflowing email inbox can be a daunting obstacle to overcome. Spam and junk email quickly adds up to a constant stream of distracting correspondence. This clutter can make you less productive, especially if email is a major part of your job. Not only that - important messages can end up getting lost among all of the others. Here are a few suggestions for clearing out your inbox and for keeping all of your important email organised.
Unsubscribe from Junk Mail
It’s much easier to delete a junk message in your inbox than it is to unsubscribe from recurring correspondence. But, does this save you time in the long run? It may take a minute or two but look into removing yourself from the mailing lists of sites that frequently send unwanted messages. This will keep junk messages from showing up in your inbox to begin with and save you the trouble of getting rid of them.
Folders and Categories
Many email services allow you to create folders within your inbox. By...
One popular definition of mindset is "a disposition, attitude or mood." That being said, it makes sense that clearing your mind of clutter goes a long way in helping you get more organised. Let's face it - when you're not clear-headed, it's very difficult to practice organisational skills. Keep reading to find out more about organising your mindset. There is no reason to put it off for another day.
Write Down Your Feelings
One of the best ways to clear your mind of clutter is to take the time to write down your feelings. You can either do this in a journal that you keep, or a piece of paper that you throw away once you're finished. Recent studies indicate that jotting down negative thoughts really does help to clear your mind and make you feel better.
More and more stressed-out individuals are using meditation to clear the clutter in their heads. When life is hectic, do you ever feel as though you're having a non-stop conversation (with yourself) in your head? If so, it's...
We all want to be able to organise our schedules and have the commitment to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how? Creating a workable schedule is typically time-consuming and often results in a frustrating battle with your calendar.
Organisation is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organised in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Efficient and Stress-Free
If you keep your belongings organised, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. This is especially handy in the case of important yet rarely used items, such as insurance or tax information.
The key to keeping things organised is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Don’t be afraid of sorting your things too much. The more...
If you can say to yourself, “I have a problem getting things done and it is because I lack self-discipline”, then you are taking responsibility for your problem, and you’re in the right place to move forward and do something about it.
Here are this week’s tips to help you tackle your self-discipline issues.
1. Cultivate Self-Honesty
The next time you tell yourself or someone else that you’re “too busy” to do something, try changing that message to yourself or to others. Try saying “I don’t want to…” or, “It’s not important”, instead of “I’m too busy”. (“It’s not important for me to meet with my top client” will give you quite different feeling than “it’s not important for me to organize George’s sock drawer”.)
Speaking your truth helps strip away excuses or evasions: You can instantly see when you need a dose of self-discipline, when you need...
Old habits die hard, but they are not insurmountable. Here are 5 more tips to cracking self-discipline to get you back on track.
1. Realise That Perpetual Busy-ness is Another Type of Procrastination
Are you doing this? A simple way to tell: Does the task you fear most not get done, or get done late, because you’re busy being busy?
If so, stop telling yourself that you’re the opposite of a procrastinator. You’re not.
2. Don’t Skip Meals
When you’re busy, the temptation is to skip breakfast or lunch and just barrel through. Not only is this bad for you emotionally, it’s also a strain on your system and brain cells. Not eating causes blood sugar fluctuations and that can lead to anything from feeling tired to making mistakes.
Taking time for a scheduled meal is another way to boost your self-esteem. You’re telling your body and brain that you matter; that you are as important as your clients.
3. Try the Kick-Start Method
You tell yourself...
Here are 5 more of my top tips to cracking self-discipline.
1. Watch Out for Downtime Anxiety
The sad fact about entrepreneurs is that the more we do, the more we feel compelled to do. We start to feel anxious or guilty if we find ourselves with downtime … so we fill it in.
Stop. That’s just another way of punishing yourself for success.
2. Procrastinator is an Indicator, Not a Sin
If you find yourself always procrastinating before starting a specific task or activity, treat it as a friend. Don’t beat yourself up with a bunch of ‘should’ self-reproaches. Procrastination is a clue that something isn’t working for you. Either it needs to be dropped, delegated, automated or outsourced, or you are feeling intimidated and need to give yourself a pep talk and Just Do It.
In either case, take the time to identify what’s causing you to procrastinate, and you’ll be able to apply the right solution without shame or blame … or further...
If you have finally come to the place of admitting you have problems with self-discipline and you’re determined to finally overcome this, celebrate this step. It’s a clear indicator that you have reached a significant milestone.
Here are 5 ways to help you boost your daily productivity and achieve your daily goals.
1. Avoid the Perfectionist Trap
You finally finish that project, but when you start proofing it or testing it, you think of one more way it can be improved. Then you think of another. Then you research another. Before you know it, you’ve practically rewritten or redesigned the beast and you’re scrambling to meet deadlines (your own, or client-driven ones.)
Learn step back and say “STOP! This is done” by deciding in advance to do so. (It’s easier than you think.)
2. Don’t Punish Yourself for Success
If you finish a project early, resist the urge to immediately fill it with another one. That’s like punishing...
Over the last four weeks, I have given you some tips about how to recognize and heal from business burnout.
It is a huge topic but I hope the ideas I have given you have helped in some way.
This week I am going to share with you my ‘How To Recognize And Heal From Business Burnout’ checklist.
The checklist brings together all the areas we discussed on this subject which I hope will help you now or in the future.
Next time I will be covering daily self-discipline for entrepreneurs.
Download my ‘How To Recognize And Heal From Business Burnout’ checklist.
Burnout happens for a reason. It can be your friend, if you don’t ignore it. People who have dealt with stress and burnout have stopped wasting time in jobs or relationships that made them unhappy.
Burnout can be a signal that it’s time … to take charge now and create the stress-free, happy life—and business—you’ve always wanted.
Here are my last 7 tips about how to recognise and heal from business burnout.
1. Get To-Dos Out of Your Head
Use easy To-Do apps like Asana.
2. Focus on Your Goal
When you complete a task, or finish a morning or stop for a break, check in with yourself. Ask yourself how much closer you are to finishing your goal.
Give yourself positive self-talk every time you take even one step closer.
3. Change Your Desk Photographs Regularly
Put photographs of people, places or pets on your desk—ones that remind you how lucky you are, or that you’re loved; or that remind you of a goal or dream.