Its 9 pm, the kids are in bed, you are exhausted but there are still a thousand things to accomplish before you can even think about having some me time, let alone go to bed yourself. You have been going nonstop all day and yet you feel like you have not achieved anything! Why? You are not setting yourself up for success. Read below to discover the 3 reasons you don’t feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Setting the Tone and your Mind for the Day
The alarm clock goes off and you hit the floor running. Even if you have planned out your day the night before, if you do not take some time for you, even five minutes you are setting yourself up for a mediocre day. Every person, especially the busy working mama needs a minute to reflect and gather her thoughts before facing the day head on. I work on this daily. And, I fail sometimes. I try and read a quick devotional before I get out of bed in the morning. I am successful maybe 1 day out of the work week. My one year old is still dictating my life right now! But, I make sure that I take this time in the morning at some point.
I really like Upper Room Devotional. It comes in my email, takes about 5 minutes, sometimes less, and sets my day right for me. There is a scripture, a small devotional and an even smaller prayer at the end. I usually do this right when I get into work. It help settles my mind that is already cramming way too much into the day and gets me focused. If devotionals are not your thing, us a meditation app, soothing music, or anything that will be a calming force to focus your mind!
I used to think goals were the stupidest things ever. Why would anyone create goals once a year, stick them on their bulletin board and then never look at them again. Waste of time. Then I realized that I was going about goal setting all the wrong way. Those big yearly goals have a purpose, but what I needed were achievable daily goals. When I get to the office in the morning, I write down the 3 things I MUST accomplish in the day at the top of my to do list. And, then, guess what? I DO THEM!!! We are all busy, and I am sure that every one of us has a thousand things that need addressing in a day, but by setting SMART goals, you are able to achieve high priority items AND feel accomplished to boot!
I use my “Organizing the Work Day” printable and set my priorities. I even go so far to create my morning, afternoon and evening to do lists as well. Setting up my day helps me be efficient, effective, leave on time and feel like the day was a success!
Ironically my goal this year was to set yearly goals and refer back to them frequently. Part of me still thinks this is really silly, but I am sticking with it! Find my “Goals” printable here.
Sure, you thought about some of the things you wanted to do today and you have a general idea of what needed to get done, but did you plan out your day? Like hour by hour? I’ll bet not. Strategizing the day starts the night before. You can read about the “Seven Things to do at Night to make your Mornings Bearable” here. By planning, I am talking hour by hour. I know in a certain hour what needs to be accomplished, the time it will take to meet my goal and any additional information such as contacts, meeting info or data I will need.
If hour by hour scares you, use my “Daily Work to List Printable” to set up morning, afternoon and evening goals. This will make the million things that need to be accomplished seem manageable in time blocks. There is nothing more satisfying than checking off things as you accomplish them.
Do you plan your work day well? How about your evening? I do. I know what I need to do at home in which hour until Nugget goes down. Even after that I have my “post Nugget” to do list. I know that this sounds like I live in a military boarding school but I don’t I promise! By scheduling everything, even fun time, play time and adult time :), I know that I can fit in everything I want day. This allows me to focus on enjoying the day instead of worrying about the next thing I need to do.
Some days, I am on point and go to bed feeling successful. Others, well I try and forget those! I am not perfect; not even close, but setting my mind, my goals and planning helps me create an environment where I will more often than not achieve what I want to, when I want!