It's Tuesday and we are finding ourselves in the first week of September... when did that happen? Is summer really over?
Labor Day Weekend has passed which marks the "unofficial" end of the summer. Kids are back in school, vacations have come and gone, and we are starting to feel the pressure of to-do lists that already seem to be a mile long.
How do we keep it together so we can get it all done, actually enjoy the process & keep our summer state of mind?
While it may seem this falls into the "easier said than done" category, here are a few simple tricks that can help you feel productive and balanced and even maintain (most of) your sanity as we transition into the fall.
1. EAT THAT FROG - This simply means to "do the worst task first".
There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. Brian Tracy wrote an entire book on this concept, aptly titled, "Eat That Frog".
Your "frog" is the thing you don't want to do but actually need to do. Your frog is also the one thing you've been procrastinating on, filling your day with other tasks that rank much lower on the important scale but are easier to get done. When we procrastinate we can turn a tadpole into a bullfrog in no time, making it even more challenging to tackle.
We all know that when we actually get that BIG THING done, we wonder why we took so long to get started and realize it wasn't that bad after all.
What are your frogs? Create a habit of eating your frog first thing in the morning and watch your productivity soar!
2. THE 3 D'S: DELETE, DELEGATE, DEFER
What can you let go of? Summer is all about letting go and is more of a state of mind than anything. What's on the list that doesn't really need to be done?
Kids? Husband? Friends? Cleaners? Nanny? Who can help you? What things on your list drain your energy that someone else might enjoy doing? Offering to alternate with someone or swap out tasks can help here too.
What can wait until tomorrow, next week, next month? Identify those things on your list that aren't urgent and do not need to be completed today. When you start with your frogs (#1), this becomes much easier to do.
3. FILL YOUR CUP
This time of year it is so easy to say "yes" to so many things that we can hit "E" very fast whereas the summer was about doing fun things just for fun and for you.
You can't pour from an empty cup. Remember to take time for you. Schedule your workouts in your calendar, plan lunch dates with friends, enjoy a manicure or pedicure once in a while. Do things that fill your tank up.
We have conditioned ourselves to believe that doing these things is selfish or a luxury or that we must accomplish a number of things to feel like we deserve it. Spending time on you isn't selfish, it is a matter of self-preservation.
As women we love to give and in order for us to keep giving to those people in our lives that matter most, we must refill our cup and give back to ourselves too.
4. THE ONE THING
If all else fails, simply ask yourself, "What ONE THING must I complete today?", and do everything you can to focus on that.
There you have it. A few tips you can use to let go of the "I have so much to do and not enough time," mentality we all experience around this time of year. Let go of what you can, focus on the most important items, and remember yourself in the process.