For me, the new year is always a busy season. Everyone has a resolution, a goal, a plan to get healthier, eat better, increase fitness, become more organized. Which translates to a lot of fun and exciting projects and new clients for me. However, as baby Darby’s due date is fast approaching, my usual to-do list has slowly become a very daunting list. I generally only give myself 6 top things to get done each day, and add other small things as needed, maxing out at 10 tasks in addition to appointments. But with my waning energy, 6 things has now become 3 or 4 some days. And as I’ve come to embrace this as both necessary and okay, it is making my days much happier, leaving more margin for the unexpected, and letting me appreciate the work I am doing more fully. One of my goals for February was to cross one thing off my to do list each day. That as well as a few other tips have been extremely helpful in letting me slow down. So whether or not you’ve got a baby coming soon, these ideas are still helpful in helping to make any day just as full and present.
For me, it’s 6. For you, it could be 3. Or 10. Pick a number of MOST IMPORTANT items you know you will want to get accomplished in a day. That is how long your to-do list is. Get everything done and ready to tackle more? Start on tomorrow’s list. Or add to it. But don’t give yourself more than that number of things to focus on for the day. You know your limits. Don’t stress out over what isn’t as important.
2. Cross one thing off.
This doesn’t mean cross off one thing you don’t want to do, or one thing you didn’t get to at the end of the day. Look at what you’ve given yourself as agenda items each morning before you start your workday and consider the feasibility of everything. Is your list realistic? Is it manageable in the time frame you have for your day? Find what doesn’t work and cross it off! Move it to another day. Or just eliminate it all together. Breathe a sigh of relief.
3. Just do it.
First thing. Work on those most important tasks first in your day, before distractions and emails and phone calls pile up. Carve out time to focus on your tasks before checking your inbox. Especially if it’s a hard item or something you have been putting off and procrastinating doing. Don’t think about it. Just do it. And then breathe, take a break, and get back to the rest of your list.
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