Making small adjustments in our daily life can make a huge impact on reaching our goals.

 

write

 

Spend a minimum of 10 minutes writing.  While writing:

  1. Designate your 3 most important tasks each morning.
  2. List 3 things you did well yesterday.
  3. List 1 thing you will do better today.
  4. If you have time left….write free form…it is amazing the ideas and clarity you will come up with!

 

focus

 

Do one thing at a time…no multi-tasking.  Give each task your complete attention.

 

email

 

Read and respond to emails twice a day.  I know, this is a really hard thing to do…but you will get a lot more done if you curtail your attachment to your email box.  Resolve to have a 0 inbox.  That means…on your twice a day email times…clear it.  Don’t leave emails for later.  Attend and archive.

 

move your body

 

Most very successful business people know that they must take care of themselves.  Exercise a minimum of 25 minutes a day.  Don’t sit at your desk all day.  Get up and move.  Set your fitbit to vibrate if you have to and LISTEN to it.  Get up and walk.

 

take breaks

 

Don’t eat at your desk.  Get up, walk away and eat your lunch and/or snacks at the table.  Focusing on what you are doing includes taking a break for food.  Schedule time during the day to de-stress.  Some of my favorite de-stressers:

  1. always break for hugs
  2. short 5 minute meditation, prayer
  3. step outside for 10 minutes in the sun
  4. breathing exercise
  5. music break!  Our people at Club Med could be found dancing at the end of the day to let loose.  It works.

 

isolate

 

If you are at home or in an office, make sure you have quiet and privacy.  If you have to set up acoustical barriers…then do it.  Turn off the phone and focus on your work.

 

say no

 

Treasure your time and learn to say no to anything that is not important to you.

 

eat healthy

 

Don’t fall into the trap (easy to do) of grabbing the first easy thing to stuff in your mouth when you get hungry.  Plan ahead…green juice when you know you need energy is a healthy habit to get into.

 

what would your perfect day look like?

 

 

my day 2015

my-survival-changes

 

My Day 2016

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If your day is like mine, it can probably use some improvement.  How would you change the way you spend your day?  Many of us spend way too much time on social media, the phone and emailing.  I spend my weekend creating (because it is quiet)…something I should really do during the week.  There has been a lot of valuable family time sacrificed the last few years.  I know that if I were to make a couple small changes to my day that I could get more out of my week days.

In looking at where I was in 2015 with my time management, I made great improvements in cutting off and moving away from work.  That doesn’t mean that I never work at night, but most of the time is spent in relaxation and family activities after 5:30 p.m.  That was a huge achievement for me.  I also did pretty good in getting moving – this year, I’m going to double the time moving, add in some meditation and move away from my desk to eat – no more eating lunch or drinking green juice at my desk.

You are probably like me…we LOVE what we do.  It is sometimes important to manage our time for longevity instead of indulging and overworking all the time.  I challenge you to join me in making changes this year.  Let’s let each other know how we are doing with it!

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Cristina

    I agree 100% . The better day is when we have it planed. I am IN!

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  2. Donna

    Thanks Cathy for sharing this “kick in my butt” that I truly needed! 2016 is better already!

    Reply

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