by Rivka Caroline | Featured Contributor
1) Write It down
Whether it is on an app, an ipad, a fancy planner pad or a plain notebook get in the habit of writing things down. Our brains are like faulty alarm clocks, they will remind you to buy the lasagna noodles at 3am, trust me.
2) Identify The Tasks for the Next Day
Anyone who knows me, knows that one day this will be engraved on my tombstone. Take the time on a daily basis to identify the key 5-8 tasks that must get done the next day. Here’s the trick : it’s alot easier to write down the crucial items when they get to be completed tomorrow and not today. Here’s another bonus – when you have those quiet 12 minutes you wont be overwhelmed with choosing what to do – your list will tell you and your productivity will thank you.
3) Make fake mini deadlines
Remember last time you travelled /filed taxes / moved home ? How was the stress level ? If you are like the majority of people the last minute stress level was pretty rough. Here’s the good news going forward – how about making your own fake deadlines ? Then there is no last minute panic. Next time you travel / have a work assignment / move across country go ahead and head fake yourself by moving the deadline up a day or two. Then with the bulk of work done you will have the sanity to remember that tuna fish sandwich you left on the couch / fridge / garbage. You get the gist.
4) Find time for what you love
You are not a machine. You can’t live a happy life if you don’t make time for fun. You will become resentful of those around you that do. Want to run a marathon ? Do it. Want to have a spa day ? Work out the details and escape. Same for learning to play piano, knit or scuba dive.
5) Stop trying to do it all
There just isn’t the time to do all the things we want to. Learn how to say yes to the important people and tasks in your life by saying no to the items you can’t afford to take on right now. It’s a classic case of ‘ my heart says yes but my calendar says no’.
Taking on any of these 5 tips will most certainly reduce your daily intake of ‘frazzle’ and up your absorption of ‘focus’. Good luck!
It takes more effort to be disorganized than to be organized
From Frazzled to Focused: The Ultimate Guide for Moms Who Want to Reclaim Their Time, Their Sanity and Their Lives
This book will organize your life and give you back your sanity – guaranteed!
Time Management Guru – Rivka Caroline, author of Frazzled to Focused Ultimate Time Management Guide for Moms & CEO of SoBe Organized, Miami, Florida
Rivka is a Mom of 7, Author of Frazzled to Focused, Rabbi’s wife and CEO of the professional Time Management Consultancy SoBe Organized. She teaches both individuals and small businesses how to leverage their time to work effectively and find time for the things that count. She loves the psychology behind time management and will be finishing her Masters in Psychology in October 2013. Perhaps more importantly, Rivka is still quite relaxed and surprisingly sane and able to find time for what matters. People often ask her how she ‘does it all’, her tweets @sobeorganized, blog posts and book is her detailed response ( spoiler alert : she doesn’t actually do it all and doesn’t want YOU to either).