We started thinking about where time goes and how we can make more of what we have last week. Time now to share some strategies that actually work! Please add your tips in the comments, I'll start us off with this:
First, I stopped reading gossip websites. Yes, I always enjoyed seeing photos of celebrity babies or Gerry Butler (he's a Scot, what can I say...), but on top of leeching my hours and attention span, the meanness of the columnists actually always left me feeling kinda bad. Double bonus: not reading gossip anymore not only gave me about an hour a day back, I also feel better for not being sucked into judging complete strangers anymore. Tip: Since I still enjoy movies and their stars, I now tape the late night shows that have my favorite guests on, fast forward through the monologues and silly jokes right to the interviews. 10 minutes from the horse's mouth is all the star-fix I need. Speaking of couch potatoes, hubby and I tape our favorite series to "save" advertising time (we fast forward through it, everything except Apple and Mercedes ads gets ignored), so we're cutting down about 40 % of TV time. I love DVRs!
Second, I started setting the alarm for 7.30 a.m. It was tough at first, but now I like my ritual of getting dressed, sending my hubby off to his office with a kiss at the door, and having breakfast while flicking through morning show channels. Sometimes they even have coaches on, which allows me to visualize sharing a couch with Matt myself one of these days! Double bonus: where I used to think "ah, it's the middle of the morning, it's not worth starting anything", since I'm up so early I know there's a decent amount of time to get work done before lunch. For example, one week I wrote on my handbook from 9 to 12 every morning - and the first draft got done when I wanted it to!
This has done wonders for my confidence and significantly reduced guilt-levels, because I actually feel more productive, getting things done during a few hours before lunch that used to take ages. Triple bonus: I don't know any medical or otherwise scientific proof, but I truly believe the more I sleep the more tired I am. I've noticed that getting up early and not napping for hours, my inner clock actually gets tired at a reasonable bed-time around 10.30 pm. And hey, if I do need to lay down during the day (because I still have the luxury to obey my body's signals and not drown them in coffee), it never needs longer than 30 minutes. Tip: It takes about 30 days for new habits to form. If you're a fellow non-morning person but want to make a change, be persistent. You can also ease into it by setting the alarm half an hour earlier every week until you reach the get-up time you think works best for you.
Again, let me ask you: How do you help yourself make great use of your time? Please share by leaving a comment below.
I know how I'll be spending my time from the 5th to the 7th of March, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to prepare a post for next weekend. You know I'm at the FIGT Conference and presenting "How to start your own business - Building the Life You Want" on Saturday March 7th, come find me and have a chat. For those of you who can't make it, I will absolutely report back giving you all the details afterward, you know I will. :-) Til then, be well!