Organizing in October Series
I’m oozing with so much excitement and love. Now is the harvest time. I’m feeling lots of blessed energies and seeing the fruits of our labors. What’s happening in your neck of the woods? Speaking of now being the time of harvest, as the harvest season arrives, it is also time to begin planning what “seeds” you’d like to plant for next year’s harvest. October has been our time to focus on organizing with the Organizing in October Series. A big part of that is organizing time.
Each day we are given 24 hours. How are you using that 24 hours? When I began to look at how I spent my time during the 24 hours in a day, I realized some major changes needed to be made. This quote has stuck with me ever since I read it for the first time…
“ How you spend your day is, of course, how you spend your life” ~ Annie Dillard
I realized I was procrastinating about lots of things I kept saying I was gonna do, that I wanted to do, but when I looked at how I spent some of my time, it wasn’t very productive. 15 Minutes here scrolling on Facebook, 25 minutes there doing something else, was amounting to hours in a week that I was “losing”…or better put not governing the best.
I’ve read we must be good stewards over little before we may be awarded more. How good of a steward have you been of your time?
I made this daily planner last week.
After studying myself in a day, I was able to come up with a routine that wasn’t too foreign to my normal activities and I made a list of my daily habits that keep me disciplined spiritually, like prayer, meditation, affirmations, yoga, etc. I’m offering it in my new Etsy shop. I’m sure it will help you manage your time in a day better. And you won’t forget your self-love-spiritual routine either.
The neat thing about it is, it has been infused with the transformative power of the butterfly right there to inspire you to transform your goals into bite-size pieces you can accomplish every day.
Wait! Don’t forget to read the 5 Steps to Managing Your Day Better, it’s what I used to make this planner…
Steps to Planning Your Day & Being More Productive:
1. Brain Dump.
Here you write down everything floating through you mind that you need to get done that day. Now, keep in my mind this step comes after you have created a structure for your life. Meaning, you know “where” you going and why you are going. You have clarity because you have made a decision about what you desire in your life. If you do not have this clarity, it is more difficult to feel confident about your day and how it goes. So, be sure to spend some reflecting on your truest desires, aligned with your purpose and passion and then making a decision to own them and go for them!
Now, back to brain dumping. I find brain dumping so stress relieving. When you have a bunch of ish floating in your mind that you are trying to not-forget, that can be a burden to carry. So pour those burdens on the paper and allow the sheet to contain it and hold it for you, so you don’t have to. This will feel so good! Yay, I’m excited already! Are you? I just love anything stress relieving…well not anything, but you know, within reason! Moving on…
2. Check the Daily Habits List.
I have listed some basic habits that could be included in your day that nurture your spirit. You may want to use those; they are my basic everyday musts. So, add any other of your daily habits there, which you don’t want to forget to do. Other suggestions here are working out, drinking 8 glasses of water, doing your squats, pushups or crunches, reading a chapter of the book, or tv time, sacred bath time.
3. Block Your Time.
a. Think about what time you wake up, your work hours, etc, block off time for these activities.
b. Next, frame your day by blocking time for your daily habits; build a routine that will easy for you to continue every day. For example, pray and meditate every morning when you wake up. Recite affirmations during your lunch break every day. Do what feels good for you.
c. Then, think of each hour as a container that you can use to hold space, space that provides an opportunity for you to accomplish a goal. Don’t you want to accomplish something?
d. Now, plan your day. Pull items from the brain dump and fill in with your whatever free times you have available.
4. Check In With Your Plan periodically during the day.
Scratch things off. I love scratching things off once I’ve finished with, it makes me feel like I’m making progress. You could just put a checkmark beside it if you like that option better. :-/
5. Review at the end of the day.
Write down who you need to call or what you need to do or get to keep your progress, progressing.
Prepare to do it all over the next day. Be consistent, disciplined with a freed up and open mind, not a bogged down mind with lots of stuff floating about. I know this will help.
How are you managing your day? Do you use a daily planner? What elements of the daily planner do you like the most?