Time Management

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Your ‘To Do’ List

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Your ‘To Do’ List

Do you Schedule and write lists?

Do you have a ‘to do’ list that you never see the end of?

The good, the bad and the ugly of that ‘To Do’ list.

Firstly, the ugly truth about that never-ending list, it’s often another source of massive stress. We don’t need more stress right now, do we?

 Thing is, it may not be quite as bad as first thought….

It can feel pretty bad when you have the best intention to get those import jobs done in your day. But, pretty rotten when the day goes ‘pear shaped’ and very little gets ‘ticked off’ that long list.

To make that list making/ schedule scheming process really work in your favour. Without making your life more stressful is the key to a ‘good’ list or schedule.

Stress is perhaps one of the biggest contributors to poor health known to humans. Stress messes up your hormones. Makes you cranky (not fun for those around you, often your loved ones cop the brunt of this). And, super important as it depletes your immune system.

While I could go on for pages with ways to support your immune, hormone health and get you out of overwhelm. Today I’ll just focus on what you could implement at home right now.

I’ll throw in a bonus tip at the end. 🙂

Having worked from home since I was 18…like 40 years! (yikes, feeling old when I write that down!) I’ve developed some tricks to getting it all done, often with 3 kids and 2 dogs in tow.

Play along with me while we get your list sorted.

Grab a piece of paper, jot down all your weekly/monthly commitments.

Put everything on that list. Including family stuff, your work or business hours, your exercise, your meals, and your chill time. Also, community, church, club activities you are involved in.

Now is your chance to have a little fun, give each a colour…as an artist I just love colour. Colour it gives me an instant visual of what’s on, and what might be missing.

You can do this either on paper or in your online calendar. That’s the easy part done and dusted. Well done you!

Now to the nitty gritty of sorting that ‘to do’ list.

When you create your schedule for the next day…this is important and keeps you on track, so please try to get into the habit of this one. Sit for a few minutes each evening and plan out the day ahead. Sunday evening is the perfect opportunity to plan the week ahead, update appointments etc.

Take a few moments to review each item on that list and give it a category.

Always keeping in mind that you will have to be flexible with your schedule, open to moving things.

Categories:

A – These things cannot be changed or shifted. Things like picking the kids up from school, attending appointments like Naturopath, Dr, Vet, Hair etc.

B – This group have to be done by a particular time, you must allocate the time to get it done. Paying your accounts would be one of these.

C – This group will contribute to your results, but could be done later, or even delegated to someone else. The skill of delegation is possibly one that mothers and solopreneurs have to most difficulty with.

D – This is where you gain to most freedom, this lot doesn’t really need to be done. This group is that big bunch of stuff you say YES to when you really mean NO! It does NOT contribute to YOUR results, and it can be put aside indefinitely.

My challenge to you, is once you have your schedule down, see how many “D’s” you can take off.

Just imagine how freeing that will feel!

Dig Deep

Next time we will dig a little more into your time freedom. Stress reducing schedule with another sneaky secret I’ve used for years.

One of the things busy mums and solopreneurs must master is the art of adaptation. Flexibility in the schedule when the best laid plans go out the window. Adapt or react, I believe it’s best to respond and adapt to crisis rather that a stressful reaction.

Often easier said than done I’m sure you will agree.

Ta dah say hello to this amazing group of herbals called..you might have guessed it ADAPTATOGENS.  This is a class of herbals that provide amazing stress reducing support. Bringing about a feeling of calmness in the face of chaos..well maybe not totally but they totally help a LOT!

I take mine every single day, and have done for 11 years. They are safe for adults, I do say adults as they have a slight aphrodisiac quality. Which could be nice if you have been missing that with all the stress. (just saying;-))

The ones I take now are made on Kombucha base and have a slightly sweet watermelon flavour. I just love my daily shot first thing each morning. The light bubbles dance on my tongue and wake it up. Just delicious!

They come in single dose bottles, and the most economic ways to buy is a month’s worth at a time. You can order online here. Open you own account and get them the same price I pay, even better savings. J

Until next time Stay Safe and Well

Kathy Edwards is a creative wellbeing coach, artist, and naturopath based in Australia. She helps her high-performing clients simplify holistic wellness so they can increase energy, prevent burnout, and power their creative passion and profit. Sign up here to get her free weekly wellness tips straight to your inbox

Kathy Edwards

Kathy Edwards is a creative wellbeing coach, artist, and naturopath based in Australia. She helps her high-performing clients simplify holistic wellness so they can increase energy, prevent burnout, and power their creative passion and profit.

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