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How to Get Things Done

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How to Get Things Done

"There's just not enough time in the day to get it all done." Right?! I used to feel that way every day. {And from time to time, I still do}. But implementing this one strategy has actually helped me get things done and find more time in my day!

Get more done today

Time management is so incredibly important for all of us, and many of us could do a better job of managing our time. We are all incredibly busy, so it’s very important that we use every minute of our days wisely. Sometimes we get so busy that when we have a couple of minutes, we literally just zone out or spend time on our phones instead of doing something that’s productive. So what's a girl to do? How can we use that time to do something meaningful? {Continue Reading...}

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Time Management Strategy: Batching

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Time Management Strategy: Batching

"I'm so busy, I just don't have time for anything else... Help!" This is the conversation that I have daily with my clients - busy moms who are struggling with how to get things done! I get it. I've been there. {And let's just be real - I'm not perfect, so I still fall into this trap from time to time!}. If you've been struggling with time, I want you to share with you what might just be my favorite time management strategy: batching.

What is batching?

If you’re a busy entrepreneur or even a busy stay-at-home mom, batching can help you finish your to-do list more efficiently. I personally utilize batching a LOT in my life and it’s helped me tremendously. What is batching not?  {Continue Reading...}

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Stop Procrastinating: Don't Just Learn, Do!

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Stop Procrastinating: Don't Just Learn, Do!

Are you a procrastinator? If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have told you “of course not!” I mean, come on! I kind of pride myself on being highly productive and organized. The word “procrastination” doesn’t really fit the bill! But then life started to happen… the holidays came and went… and suddenly, I looked up and realized that I wasn’t being very productive. Yes, I was still organized. And yes, I was soaking in all kinds of amazing information, but something was missing. All I knew was that I was feeling overwhelmed, overworked, tired, and just plain frustrated.

And then it hit me.

You know when you have one of those big “aha” moments, but it’s the totally embarrassing kind. Like the “Oh man, I totally should have known better” moments.

Well, that was me. And here it is…. {Continue Reading...}

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Get Organized: How to Create an Effective To-Do List

Are you making this mistake with your to-do list? Here's how to Get Organized and How to Create an Effective To-Do List that you'll actually accomplish {and that will move you one step closer to your goals} each day!

Do you get overwhelmed with your to-do list? Do you have so many items to check off that it just seems out of reach? I've been there! I have so much that I want to get done every day that honestly, sometimes it’s a problem. When I am looking through my list {the things I’d love to do this year} - I want to get smarter, I have some really exciting financial goals that I wanna achieve in my business, and I have so many ladies that I want to help with my online boot camps, and with my business building blocks, and with my upcoming Pinterest Academy. I have all these goals and all these dreams and all these things that I want to accomplish. But here’s the problem: When I look at it from that perspective, there are so many things in life to choose from that I end up overwhelmed and frustrated with my To-Do list.

We all have only 24 hours in a day. None of us get 36, and none of us can buy a few extra hours so we can get everything done. We have to realize that our time and my energy is finite. And when we go to create our to-do lists, we have to realize that we don’t have to save the world tomorrow. That’s just not just realistic. So how can we create an effective to-do list? Let me share my top three tips!

Decide on Your Priorities

First and foremost, when I’m creating my to-do list, I take a step back and decide on my personal priorities first. These are the priorities that I’m going to wrap my life around. And that’s the first step we talk about in goal setting - to define these priorities for the year so that when we're creating our to-do lists from our action items, we're wrapping it around those priorities.

Get Back to the Basics

The second thing that I do is start with the basics. What are the basics? Well, my family has to have food to eat, we need to get enough rest, we need to have clean clothes, we need to have proper hygiene. As I'm brain dumping, I think through the essentials that have to be done, no matter what.

Now let me just pause and say that I know some of you ladies, you are single moms, or you’re taking care of loved ones who have life-threatening illnesses, or you have a child with special needs, or you have lots and lots and lots of little ones... for those of you in this season, your day is likely going to be made up primarily of these basic things. And friend, that is awesome! Because you are literally saving lives, and growing lives, and shaping lives. So don’t get defeated by that, don’t feel like you’re not saving the world, and don't get caught up in what you wish you could have been doing, because what you’re doing is important work. Yes, it's basic, but it's what matters. Truly, I believe that it's the exact thing you’ve been put here on earth to do.

Create Bite-Size Action Items

Once we’ve decided our priorities and we've started with the basics then what we need to do is pick a few bite-size pieces to tackle. {Now remember, we've already prioritized our goals and our list. Next, I take my priority list and my action items and I rate them and then focus on getting the most important items accomplished first.

I know in Brian Tracy's Book "Eat That Frog"* he says to make sure to do the most difficult task on your list first. While I don't disagree with him, I've found that for me, doing the most important thing first {the thing that will move my family, my business, and my life forward the most}, is the best method for me. It's choosing my "Best Yes"* first!

@@Do the most important thing first. Eat that frog. #getorganized #fitfluential@@

Keep it Short and Simple

I keep my list super-short and super-simple. I pick one action item from each of my goals that I would like to tackle each day and then I sort it based on order of priority. Then, when I have time in my day {when I have 30 minutes here or an extra 15 minutes there}, I schedule in these action items.

I’ve decided my personal priorities, I’ve started with the basics, I’ve picked some bite-size pieces to tackle, prioritized that list, and then keep it short and simple.

If you want to set yourself up for success, you can’t accomplish 42 items on your To-Do list today. It’s just not possible. Instead, let's plan to accomplish the most important tasks on our list - the ones that will push us toward our goals. Let's commit to following through on these few things rather than trying to do many things and accomplishing nothing at all.

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What's on your to-do list today? What's your best tip for creating an effective to-do list?

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How to organize your morning routine

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How to organize your morning routine

Are you a morning person? Or do your mornings feel stressed and chaotic as you run around from here to there, trying to get everyone out the door? I'm not a morning person! {Are you surprised?} I mean, I used to be... I remember waking up at 5 AM every morning to head to the gym throughout most of my 20's. But somewhere along the way, my early morning routine turned into a late-night routine, and then my mornings got hectic!

Did you know that there are countless studies and statistics that evidence the importance of a morning routine? The majority of successful people wake up early. When I read this I knew that things had to change. And to be honest, I'd just plain had it with feeling stressed in the morning - trying to find our shoes and pack our lunches and make it out the door without someone {usually me} losing it!

It's no secret that these days, I have systems and processes for pretty much everything in my life. Whether it's brain dumping or meal prepping or grocery shopping or almost anything, I've probably written down a process or "system" for it. So why in the world hadn't I done this for my morning routine? Simple. Because I like to sleep! {And because I wasn't sure if I could really do it.} Well good news... I can! And I still get plenty of sleep. But now, I have much more peaceful mornings, too.

Before I share my secret recipe for a great morning routine, let me just be candid... this is my ideal morning routine. But as a Type A planner, I have to constantly remind myself that this world does not revolve around me and that my plans are not always the Lord's plans. So while this is my best-case scenario every day, it's not always my reality. And I'm truly ok with that! Now let's get started...

@@An Ideal Morning Routine Starts with A Great Evening Routine #getorganized@@

An Ideal Morning Routine Starts with A Great Evening Routine

(1) Pick a Bedtime. A great morning routine starts the night before because, let's face it - if we don't get to bed early, we're much more likely to hit snooze when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am {or whatever time you choose}! Which means the first step to a great morning routine is figuring out what time you need to go to bed. Now, I'm the kind of girl who functions optimally with 7-8 hours of sleep. Anything less than that, and it's a 3-cups-of-coffee, pray-for-lots-of-grace kind of day! So if I want to get up at 5:30 AM, I need to be asleep by 10:30 PM at the absolute latest!

(2) Make a list of 5 "to-do's" before bedtime. Now I know that there may really be 150 different things that need to get done before you go to bed, but the fact of the matter is that when it comes to routines, simpler is better. Routines aren't meant to be rigid, they are meant to be attainable. In the printable at the end of the page, I've given you several examples of night-time activities. The ones I make sure happen every night are:

  • Load dishwasher and start it

  • Quick 10-minute pickup/straighten around the house

  • Pack lunches for the next day

  • Make to-do list for the next day

  • Get ready for bed

(3) Determine what time you need to start your evening routine. Work backwards from the time you would ideally be asleep, and make sure to give yourself a time-buffer! In order to make sure these get done, I start my bedtime routine no later than 9:00 pm. Sticking with a consistent bedtime will likely be the thing that makes or breaks your morning routine.

Start Your Morning Off Right By Being Intentional

(1) Pick a Wake-Up Time. Ideally, I try and wake up about an hour and a half before my daughter. This gives me time to read, workout, and shower before her sweet little toes hit the floor. I've found that when I've filled my cup this way, I have much more to pour out throughout the day. I like to use this analogy with my clients: you know on the airplane, how they tell you to put on your oxygen mask first and then help those around you? It's the same way in life. If we aren't getting enough oxygen {taking care of ourselves} we won't be fully equipped to serve others well. I know when I'm tired or overwhelmed, I tend to be less patient, less kind, and less self-controlled. And that's why my early morning routine makes such much of a difference, not just for me but for my family!

(2) Make a list of 5 "to-do's" for the morning. Ideally, these are things that you would like to get done during the first 1-2 hours of the morning. I truly believe that at least one of these needs to be a way that you take care of yourself {e.g. quite time, workout, etc.}. I mean it! You are that important! I've given you several examples of morning activities in the printable, but the one's I try and accomplish every morning are:

  • Quiet time

  • Workout

  • Shower & get ready

  • Unload the dishwasher

  • Start a load of laundry

Ideally, I'll also make the bed {a task that until just a few months ago, I truly didn't value}. I didn't include breakfast on this list because these are the things I try to get done before breakfast, but your routine may look different and may need to include breakfast in your list.

Give Yourself Grace

A morning routine is just that - a routine. It's not a rigid doctrine. It's not a mandatory get-this-done-or-you're-a-failure list. In fact, it's quite the opposite. For our family, a morning routine is what allows me to be calmer and more collected throughout the day. It's my happy-place. My safe haven. A way for me to quickly feel like I've accomplished a lot before my baby girl even opens her eyes. And yes, there are days that I still hit snooze. There are days when I don't get in bed early enough, and I just can't pry my eyes open at 5:30 AM. And there are weeks like this past week when my baby girl is sick and I'm sleeping on the couch next to her so she can find some relief from these crazy allergies we all have right now. And so my morning routine gets put on hold. But I have to tell you - I wouldn't trade these precious moments with her!

I also need you to understand that what works for me may not work for you. You may prefer an even more flexible routine. I have friends who wake up at 4 AM to start their day, and know others who sleep in much later. They do what works for them. And that's what I want you to do. Below, I've attached a printable that you can use to determine the best routine that works for you. And remember - it's just a routine!

You can download my printable worksheet for Designing Your Ideal Morning Routine here.

Do you have a morning routine? What time do you wake up each morning? What is essential to your morning routine?

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