SillyGrrl Guide to getting shit done
Lately I’ve been really, really, really busy. I wake up at 8 and do a little emailing & blog reading in the morning, work at my 9 to 5 all day, and then either head to aerial practice or home to work on designs for my freelance clients. Somewhere in there I also squeeze in dinner with my family and hangs with my friends, plus a few nights off.
I’ve gotten to the point now where being bored is not an option. If I find myself with down time I have a to-do list a mile long that can easily fill the space. Though I’m not always checking things off, sometimes I just crash on the couch and read a book or surf the web (do people still say that??) for fonts and design inspiration. But I am always doing something productive that’s taking me a step closer to my goals.
Even if I can’t dive right into a big project, working on little bits while waiting for an appointment or in a boring meeting gets things moving and helps me feel focused and productive. Like this article…at some point in the past few weeks I wrote a good chunk of it in Google Docs while eating lunch, so when I finally decided to create a post I already had a great start.
I’m also a big planner. I know exactly what I’m doing every night this week and what will be popping up on the blog at least two weeks out. I am notorious for whipping out my calendar for even the smallest note, like emailing a client or making sure I have time at night to stretch. I have big dreams so knowing where I’m headed every day keeps me on track. It’s important to prioritize and not try to do everything all at once. Some items CAN wait until tomorrow or next week or not at all. Of course everything is subject to change because sometimes you just can’t pass up an invitation to go out.
I try to avoid being workaholic 24/7. I find every week or two I need a night off…completely off. That means I’m not going out, I’m not touching my laptop, the dishes are staying in the sink and the laundry can wait another day. I literally do nothing. During my nights off I usually have to remind my brain multiple times to stay away from my to-do list and focus on relaxing and breathing and being in the moment.
I’ve never been an all-nighter type person. At about 11pm every night I set my cell for phone calls only. Which means no email, no Twitter, no Facebook, no BBMs, no text messages. If someone wants to talk to me bad enough that they’ll actually call I’m happy to answer, otherwise I will respond in the morning. It’s a strange feeling to know my phone will not be interrupting me as it seems to be buzzing and blinking all day long, but there is actually a sense of relief having it silenced.
Bottom line…I’m really good at staying focused on my goals and getting shit done. Make a plan, don’t waste time, work when you have the chance and take a break before you burn out.
How do you keep on track and plow through your to-do list or complete a big project? Do you use your time to the fullest or procrastinate until it passes you by?01.28.11 in achieving goals, silly grrl guide