We are of course all different souls with individual needs for R&R. I do appreciate how hard it can be to tear yourself away from your work if you are really getting involved in it. The point that I am trying to make here is this: you do have a choice.
If you feel like you've worked all day but have nothing to show for it, time tracking can uncover some very interesting clues. It provides you with actual data about what you prioritize on a day-to-day basis, versus just guessing where your time is going.
Even if you hate your job(s) and are working on an exit strategy to leave, you must shift your perception and turn around your thinking of your bridge job(s). Your job can be looked upon as your secret angel investor or your sugar daddy.
Can you relate to the struggle your mind presents to you for staying focused and on task, both at work and at home? If the answer is yes, and I suspect it is, follow along. Following are 6 do-able ways to train your brain to stay focused while working.
Establishing healthy boundaries may be, hands down, the single most important step toward reaching this goal. The feeling of working harder than ever often comes from pecking away at previously established boundaries.
The lazy days of summer are yielding to the frantic days of autumn, barreling towards the holidays, and with it a new year, if not in sight, just around the corner. It's easy to fly too high, do too much, and crash and burn.
Short-term thinking gets a bad rap when we talk about time management, but if you focus purely on your long-term goals, you might be on the road to burnout. Neglecting your immediate, short-term needs can just stress you out more, despite your meticulous planning.
I always knew I would be a working mom. Long before I understood what that really meant, or even found someone to share the journey with. Reality has proven to be more wonderful, and challenging, than I ever imagined.
Trying to do everything usually means not doing anything very well. Perhaps that's why journalist and success researcher Shane Snow says that often "the thing holding us back from success is our inability to say no."
When you're working to increase your income, there are tradeoffs to make -- you don't get to just snap your fingers and make more money -- but what I didn't realize as I started this experiment is that I was falling into a subconscious trap: putting a dollar value on every hour.
Before anything else, kudos to all the exceptionally strong moms out there and I'd like to share some time management skills I've learned throughout the years trying to raise funds for my business as I try to raise my kids.
We all have our lists. Some use simple pen and paper, the tech-minded rely on software and the bold and brave keep their list tucked away in their minds. We prioritize, plan and stress about the items on it.
Now the projects are piling up and you're thinking the smart thing to do is use that hour to get a jump on, or dig your way out from under, work. It's not. You'll actually do a better job if you use that time to exercise. Here's why: