The past few weeks haven't been easy to say the least with so much going on and my daughter having a bigger social life than me we seem to always be running around. Team this with a heavily increasing workload (not that i am complaining) it is hard to stay focused and manage on what needs to be done right now, the important stuff that pays the bills!
So every night I plan my following day in my head and then start to write it down. I don't just mean I write 'I must go to the post office' I actually time what I am doing and how long it is going to take me. I always over estimate on most things slightly as i don't want to feel deflated if I don't achieve what I've set out to do. Most of the time I work to my '30 minute rule.' 30 mins housework, 1 hour pr for a client, 30 mins phone calls etc. I find this rule very effective and working to such a time constraint I actually seem to finish most of my tasks and what a joy when I keep crossing them off my long to do list!
However, if your day changes for any reason then don't feel angry. Think about how you can adjust it to suit you. Everything happens for a reason. Today I had two clients which meant I was going to be out all day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. I had woken up this morning worrying as I have a big meeting tomorrow and i haven't really done all the prep I needed for it and I was thinking of postponing so I could give it my all when I had more time. However, my 10am morning client had to cancel our regular meeting as her daughter was ill so I saw this as a positive thing and even though it changed my day, i realised it was a sign to not cancel tomorrows meeting and to utilise the time to perfect what I needed to do for it.
But the biggest thing about managing your day is remember to take time out, take a break, go for a walk (I find running helps) remember the simple things in life and laugh. This afternoons appointment with a regular client we didn't seem to get much done, but oh did we natter and giggle and it was great to just do that and we left feeling motivated and raring to go on what we did need to achieve for next week.
So remember be strict with the time you do have, but also as importantly then remember to take time out to be you, reflect and laugh.
Have a great rest of the week!