What are the top tips to having more time in your week and less stress? Is that even
possible? Combine starting with determination, planning to be intentional, have a plan
then working the plan will all lead you toward being more productive and profitable like
nothing else! Allow me to show you how the Plan works with the help the weekly
calendar I developed (Private Message Me to get a copy you can use to plan each
Start with a PLAN
Have more time for your passion in life by using this tool. It lets know where and how
much time to devote to each goal. Each week the goals you set may vary but they are:
Spiritual (meditation, reading, prayer),
Physical (so I don’t forget to set time aside to exercise),
Daily routines (morning hygiene, breakfast, dress, meal prep for day, commute),
Professional (meetings, training)
Relational (time children & grandchildren). Intellectual (reading each day, class),
Recreational (have fun and get out and laugh/can be combined with Relational),
Appointment (doctor, professional)
Chores (laundry, cleaning, gardening, pet care/exercise)
To Bed routine and lights out for the restorative sleep.
Each week varies and I decide where to devote blocks of my time. My goal is to set
aside 90-minute blocks to work in uninterrupted segments to get a project done or
articles written. I set a time and limit my online time, that way I don’t get carried away
and waste precious time.
The Top Tip is for you to take charge. Only then can steps be taken to be more
productive time in each week to increase your productivity profitability.
Once the decision is made to capture more time each week, the intention to put habits
back in place regularly, some daily, which will help increase more calm in your life. For
instance, be consistent with your morning routine by getting in bed on time and the
move through the morning with each part being strategic in avoiding overwhelm to come
crashing down on you. For instance, it might help to start a load of laundry each night
before bed then move it to the dryer in the morning and fold and put it away each night.
That way you don’t run out of clean clothes. Same goes with a routine for trips to the
dry cleaner if that is something you do.
Be mindful of your habits, it is healthy to have those habits and move through them
during the day especially in the morning and evening. Skipping the habits leads to the
buildup of dirty dishes, dirty laundry, nothing to eat in the cupboards or refrigerator.
Build in regular trips to the gas station to fill up avoid seeing the big ‘E’ for the gas tank
as you get into your car.
Best Self-Measure for Being Organized
Honestly answer the question of “If you had to list your home for sale in 30 days could
you say, “Yes” without much stress? That means all the piles stacked along the
floorboards in halls and rooms are all addressed and put away. Items no longer needed
or used have been passed along to thrift stores that have a mission that aligns with your
heart. Your ‘stuff’ now is on the shelves in the thrift store to be sold or is sold already,
providing profit for the mission of the thrift store that warms your heart.
Years or decades of stuff that has accumulated has been edited down to make a move
less stressful for everyone.
Edit Years of Accumulated Stuff
Be intentional to move through each room of the home including the garage, attic and
basement to go through every drawer, cupboard, closet, shelf and stored box to
determine what can now be let go of to make any move less stressful. Keep only those
things truly needed and used. It takes time and commitment to move through that
process, so make an appointment with yourself for an hour or two as often as you can,
treat it just like a doctor’s appointment and do it. Whether it takes 2-4-6 months, or
longer you will get to the point where you can quickly answer, “Yes, I could list my home
in 30 days if something came up and I had to list my home”. Continue throughout your
life to continually let go of things no longer needed or used to avoid being a burden on
those charges with taking care of your possessions after your last breath.
Feel the ‘load’ of overwhelm evaporate when the editing is done and you have less stuff
and better order in your week; be free and be ready for what shows up next in life,
because there is always something new coming. We can’t stop change.
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson
Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.
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