Five months ago I started a new Journey. One that has taken me far and away from what I was accustomed to do. It has driven me toward such new paths that I stopped writing on this blog to dedicate all my focus and energy to that new endeavor.
Now that we have achieved balance in that new business, it’s time to return to do one of my favorite things, BLOGGING!
What Has Transpired So Far This Year?
With a new thing added to my plate, time has become a very valuable resource.
Soon, I started to find that resource was becoming scarce. I was struggling to complete all the tasks I had on my agenda, swimming training was conflicting with times I had to be at work, I was arriving late at my clients swim classes, and most importantly I was not spending enough quality time with my family.
I was waking up early to get articles finished on time. Start of swim practice had moved from 6:45am to 6:00am. I was rushing through my responsibilities at work, and it started to show on my productivity. Swim classes I previously started at 6:00pm were starting at 7:15pm. Time of arrival at home felt like the start of the graveyard shift!!!
Stop!, Get Your Life on Track!
No one had to hit me over the head with a club for me to wake up. No longer was I willing to sacrifice my sanity. Here’s what I did to get my life under control:
1. I Started to Wake Up at 5:00am to Meditate
I wasn’t dragging my body out of bed anymore… My spirit was lifted as I looked at the day ahead differently, and it showed on the things I did throughout every day.
2. I Began to Schedule my Calls and Email Responses
This one was huge! I was taking calls and answering emails at all times of the day. My stress level skyrocketed and my productivity sank like lead on water.
I became proficient in scheduling when my emails went out, and negotiated with colleagues and providers when I was available for calls. Soon I saw I had plenty of time to get tasks off of my agenda, which opened up time to hold discussions with my team and injected much-needed energy to some projects that were falling behind schedule.
3. I started to Break my Time into Smaller Batches
For this, I picked up an app I had used in the past, that helped me improve my productivity at a time I was managing several projects simultaneously. The app is called 30/30. It allows you to schedule batches of time in increments of 5 minutes. It allows you to schedule productive time as well as rest.
I started using it to schedule time to work on my job responsibilities and my swim clinic business. Now that I’ve found my magic formula, I will also use it to schedule time to publish on this blog again.
4. I Stopped Scheduling Afternoon Meetings that Conflicted with Evening Swim Classes
Meetings are one of the most time-consuming things in the business world. Most of the time, what is discussed at meetings can be resolved over the phone or email. I find that meetings are more productive in the morning, thus I scheduled all my meetings for the morning hours every Monday.
It took some time for my team to adjust, but eventually they did. That opened up a lot of time to go over reports and to make enormous progress on important projects. I even found time to write articles for my swim clinic business blog.
Break Away from the Routine, Conclusions
Becoming a prisoner of time is a trap most adults fall for. A life routine can be so distracting that it may take people years to break away from it.
Don’t fall for this trap yourself. Take a day and think about the things that matter. Find time to get those done, and do them well. Anything that is not creating value for yourself and your loved ones, outcast it from your life.
Only those that find the time to use their heads to break away from routine tasks will ever have the opportunity to manage their time appropriately. Only those will be able to push through the challenging times and eventually reach their milestones and freedom.