Do you struggle to manage your time and get all of your important tasks done? Even when you have a full day to devote to checking things off your to-do list?
I used to get WAY carried away with my to-do list expectations.
Do you know the term “eyes bigger than the stomach”? For me, it was a to-do list bigger than the day.
I would write out WAY much more than what could OR needed to be completed… and then, of course, when I wouldn’t get to it, I perceived it as a failure and then overlapped that negative self-talk into the rest of the week.
Here’s how you can break that cycle:
Think of your energy like the ocean, it comes in waves, but also in tides…. ENERGY TIDES.
When do you typically feel the most productive?
If it’s only 2-4 hours a day (you are not alone).
So own that, and work around it.
Breakdown your routine by morning, afternoon, and evening zones.
Schedule YOUR non-negotiables in FIRST, for example:
Do your best to keep these non-negotiables scheduled in a consistent window, preferably first thing in the morning when you have the most energy.
A self-care routine is ENERGY GIVING, so for me, filling my cup first allows me to pour abundant energy into the rest of my to-dos.
With that, I keep my daily to-dos at no more than 3 concrete tasks per day.
A concrete task for me could be: paying a bill, going to the grocery store, or doing a coaching call.
I keep it super simple now and it’s insane how much more I get done- WITHOUT stress.
I challenge you to prioritize only YOUR self-care routine and no more than 3 daily to-dos this week (even if it feels “unproductive” at first).
When do you feel the most productive during the day?
For more on this topic, here’s a book I love, Divine Time Management.