From the Archives: Putting Plans Into Actions

We all are passionate about our jobs, otherwise we would have chosen a different path by now. That's not to say we don't have other passions outside of our jobs. Sometimes it can be exhausting to think of expelling any additional energy to these other things when we have to be "on" for so much of the day/night.  How are we supposed to find both the time and the energy to do everything we want to do and sleep on top of that? Some of us have second jobs, school, children, significant others not in our field (what?!).  How are we to find the time to balance everything and how can we truly have it all?

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about this and trying to plan my days better.  I am in the midst of working a very busy, demanding job and at the same time balance my personal life and starting a new business.  To say I feel stressed is an understatement -- BUT! There is hope!  I've started talking to a lot of people in my small business development class and picked the brains of many of my friends on this subject. I have tried anything and everything to stay motivated. Thus! I present a small list to re-inspire you, my fellow Weekend Warriors.

You can have it all--you just need to make a few changes:

 

1. My friend recently told me this nugget of wisdom his mother passed on to him: Get up one hour earlier every day. 

If you do this for a full week, you will have added another "day" to your week.  Mind. Blown. I know you're saying to yourself, "But I need that sleep..." But really...

 

2. How you feel about sleep is ALL WRONG.

As your iPhone's new operating system will tell you, most people only need 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Science will say 7.5 to 8 is good. Anywhere over 9 hours is too much sleep. Think about it... You come home from work at 12 am and pass out by 2am. You should get up by 9-10 am. That sounds really, horribly wrong, doesn't it? AND! I tried it. I literally felt like I had a lifetime before I had to go to work the next day. It felt like I had a surprise day off. And you know what? I had energy!

How can this be, you ask?

 

3. If you get too much sleep, you feel tired.  

All. Day. (It's true.) It's also just not good for you.

 

4. I've written about this before: exercise.

Even just for 30 minutes. 30 minutes isn't that long, but it motivates you. I tried to do this as soon as I woke up at that un-godly 9am hour. I felt like I had a cup of coffee without ever touching the stuff. I'm telling you -- it works.

 

5. Think about what you want to do, and schedule time for it.

That means treat it like work. Maybe you only have 1 hour. Maybe you have 3. Put your phone away and treat this time as sacred 'you' time. You need it, and you deserve it.

 

6. Your down time needs to be down time.

Another great time to hide your freaking phone. Our worlds are fast-paced, chaotic, walking, breathing social experiments. Why on EARTH would we spend our free time trolling Facebook and Instagram? This down time will really help you calm down.

 

7. Schedule lunch dates with the people you want to hang out with.

Not only does this get you out of the house when you could be, oh I don't know, binge-watching Friends, but it also ensures you have a social life. Lunch dates are my new favorite thing. Even better to help stick to an earlier schedule? Brunch or breakfast dates. I know, I know -- one thing at a time.

 

Get ready for this one... I've saved the best for last...

8. DON'T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF.

I was venting to a friend the other day about how I needed to better manage my time and to make more time for X, Y, and Z and he stopped me mid-sentence to remind me of that. We work hard. We also need to accept that some weeks are going to be more difficult than others to find the motivation and to do all the things we want to do. Take a breath and realize that if you are enjoying every day, it's still a win.

 

It's all about planning, thinking ahead, and listening to what you need. If you can do these things (and stick to them!) I assure you: you will find more time for the things you love, and more peace in each day.

 

 

This blog was first published on usbg.org September 23, 2016.

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