It seems that people are always saying to me “I don’t know how you do it all.” Then they look at me like they are expecting me to reveal my secret. Well, I don’t really know how I manage to do it all either. So, I started to think about some of my little habits that I think make a big difference in my daily life and decided to share five of them with you.
- Make a game plan for the day. This year I switched from an electronic calendar to the Erin Condren planner, and I have to tell you my life is so much better. I needed to be able to have my calendar for the day laid out in front of me all day so that I could always glance over to see where I am on the list and what I need to be doing. I am so much better at keeping track of everything and staying on task because I have my game plan in front of me all day. At first I was worried that seeing my day completely full would stress me out, but I have actually found it to be just the opposite.
- Take care of yourself. You want to give your best to everything you do, and that is not possible if you are not caring for yourself. I admit that I struggle with this too. Eat healthy, drink water, exercise, get restful sleep, and get regular check-ups with your doctors.
- Find things that give you little bursts of joy through the day. That might be a piece of your favorite candy or a phone call with a friend. My bursts of joy are usually related to fashion. I might look down and see a favorite piece of jewelry, strut down the hall in my cute shoes, or enjoy my new nail color. These little pieces of joy renew your spirit and energy, so surround yourself with things that make you happy.
- Pray. I acknowledge that I am not the source of my strength or energy and am only granted those things through the grace of God. I pray for the strength to do His will each day.
- Saying no. Successful women have a hard time saying no because they know they can get the job done well, and so does everyone else. We, however, have to learn to say no every once in a while. Don’t say yes to something you really don’t want to do. If you said yes to all those things, you would not have enough energy for the things you actually care about in your life. You’ll resent the time you have to spend on the commitment, and it will suck precious energy from you.
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