We all have days when our to-do lists go on endlessly - it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you manage those busy days.
You may have a pile of things that need to get done, but it doesn’t mean they’re all equally important or should all be treated with the same urgency. The next time you’re faced with a laundry list of things to do, ask yourself what the highest priority is. If you can’t decide on one, you should have no more than three, otherwise they would not be priorities.
When you boil it down to what’s essential, you can refocus your efforts.
Glass and Rubber Balls
Our Founder and CEO, Jessica Herrin, balances running three brands and her homelife, where she is a mother to two beautiful daughters. How does she do this? She decides the difference between glass and rubber balls. When you drop a rubber ball, it bounces right back up; however, if you drop a glass ball, it will shatter. When you know which tasks are under time constraints, you can get these done first, and leave your other tasks to be picked up later.
I’d Love to Help You, But I’m Overextended
“No” is a difficult word to hear and, sometimes, it’s even harder to say. Often, we want to help the people around us with our time and energy, but if we’re not careful, this leads to an even longer to-do list, or constrains the amount of time we have to complete everything we need to. The next time you are requested for help, pause for a moment to decide (1) whether you would like to devote the time and (2) whether you really want to do what is being asked of you. Of course, there’s no perfect way to decide on how to best allocate your time, but being selective about what you commit to, and kindly declining when you’re overextended, may take some pressure off later on.
Optimize Your Space
Clearing the clutter is a great place to start. When your workspace is messy, it’s much harder to focus on your tasks without being distracted. That’s a drain on productivity! So instead of working around your space, work with your space. Take an extra few minutes to clean up around you. Organize your space today and spend 30 minutes every Friday morning thereafter, as a new your practice.