Each one of us is blessed to have the same amount of time each day–24 hours.
Yet some of us get so much more done in the same amount of time than others. And I am noticing that people who can accomplish more in the same amount of time that we are all given are happier people.
It all comes down to organization, focus and work ethic.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your day.
1. Go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time each day.
Some people say this is boring. Ok then I am boring. I go to bed by 8:30pm, 9:00pm at the latest, everyday. I wake up at 5:00 am every “workday” and 6:00am on weekends.
As a teacher, even on my holidays off, I follow the same schedule. If my husband and I are traveling we do so also.
This helps our body have the sufficient energy levels each day for whatever is planned.
If we stay up late for a special occasion we still keep to the same schedule and in a few days our bodies have “caught up” the hours of rest needed to continue whatever our lifestyle dictates.
2. Be organized in everything you do.
Being organized is a tremendous time saver. If you know me or have been reading my blog for even a short time you will know I am a planner.
I plan everything from the chores of the day–and the days of the week certain chores get done– to our meals, our workdays, family activities and events.
For example, grocery shopping happens once a week, we follow a list and we don’t go back to the grocery store that week. If we forget something we just work around it until the next time.
If you are organized in everything, less time is wasted and more is accomplished.
3. Keep your focus.
It is great to have lots and lots of dreams of what you want to do with your life and how you want to spend your days–but without focus you will spend days and years going from one thing to the next and never accomplishing anything.
Keeping your focus on beginning and finishing your tasks–whether it is an obligation (like your career)–or something recreational like a hobby or project–is the only way things get done.
Think of all the things you began but have not finished yet…you have lost your focus for those things.
If you feel you have lost your focus because you don’t have enough time see tip # 2.
4. A strong work ethic will help you accomplish anything.
If you want to live a full life with days packed with accomplishments and successes a strong work ethic will get you there.
Whether it is washing dishes, or building a successful company, raising intelligent resourceful children, or being the best you can be at whatever it is you want to do, you have to have a stick-with-it-ness that only comes from a good work ethic.
Here’s the good news–if you don’t already have a work ethic you can get one–they are free!
4 easy steps to a happy and productive life…remember we are all given the same 24 hours a day–how are you choosing to take advantage of them?