Remember that time in your life – before kids (BK)?
Do you ever think back to BK and wonder what in the world you actually did with your time?
If you are anything like me, you realize how sloppy you were then with managing your time. It was just easy to be lax with it.
But not anymore.
And that’s one of the amazing things about being a working Mom. It’s an opportunity for you to up level your productivity game.
And I’m here to help you do it by teaching you the most important productivity skills.
The first one?
Plan your time at least 24 hours in advance.
This is important for two reasons.
First, you make better decisions when you make them in advance. When you are in the moment making a decision, you will most likely choose the thing that “feels” easier or better, not what will help you get the right things done.
It might “feel” better to go answer more emails. But what would really move you ahead is completing that project that has a looming deadline.
When we make decisions in the moment, we are more likely to use our “toddler” brain. This is the part of the brain that is driven by what feels good in the moment.
Think about your toddler or when you had a toddler. What was he driven by? What he wanted in the moment. The cookie, the toy, the shiny object at the checkout line in the grocery store.
Toddlers don’t make decisions for what’s best for themselves. They make decisions to feel good in the moment.
When you plan your time at least 24 hours in advance, you are using the adult part of your brain. This is the part of your brain that thinks about what is best for you, in the long run. It’s the Mom part of your brain that will say no to your toddler even if he throws a fit because you love him so much and you know what’s best for him.
Here’s the other thing.
When you constantly have to make decisions in the moment, it drains your energy. As a working Mom, how many decisions do you make in an average day?
Or at least it “feels” like this many.
So when you make a plan for your time, ahead of time, you are really being kind to yourself. You are taking care of tomorrow you and helping her use less mental and emotional energy and preventing her from the drag of decision fatigue.
Here’s your homework for this week.
Plan one thing on your calendar each day, at least 24 hours in advance.
It doesn’t have to be a big thing. It just has to be a decision made from the adult, Mom part of your brain.
Maybe it’s as simple as going for a 15 minute walk tomorrow. Or making dinner for your family one night this week. Or date night with your spouse. Or completing that one thing at work that has been nagging at you.
It doesn’t matter what the thing is. The important part is that you practice planning in advance. The more you practice, the better you will get.
You already have this skill and you are using it every day as a Mom. You just didn’t realize it’s also a skill that can help you in your productivity. But now you do. So go be the Mom of your time.
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