“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” -Lucille Ball
Isn’t the Lucille Ball’s quote SO TRUE?! Busy people really get more stuff done, and it seems almost effortless!
Do these people have a special super-power that no one else has? Do they eat a bigger breakfast? Were they born with more energy?
But I promise you that with the right habits, you can also be a powerhouse of getting (more) stuff done.
You Don’t Need to be Super Strong
I’m not a physically strong person. If you’ve seen me on video, you’ll know what I mean. I’m not one of those people who can crush weights or run a marathon. I’m more of a zen walker/yoga type.
Despite this, I get more done in one day than most people get done in a week.
I run a part-time business, work full time, have two sweet little girls, and clean my own house. Oh yes, I also make my own meals, from scratch (even bread)!
You CAN get a lot done, even if you don’t have a lot of time.
I’ve got four tips for you on how I make this happen.
Tip #1: Write it all down .
This is my #1 secret. I’m amazed at how many people don’t have a planner. If you are a working Mom, you need a planner. It is not an optional expense. It is a requirement that goes with the job.
I like to use a physical planner since if I use an app on my phone, I’ll get distracted and click on Gmail, Facebook, anything that will take me away from my to-do list. Having my planner on paper lets me refer to it throughout the day and it reminds me of things I need to do. Truthfully, I’d be lost without it.
Your planner doesn’t need to be fancy. It should give you enough space to write a to-do list that you can refer to daily. There are so many options out there — have fun choosing one that you’ll LOVE and WANT to use!
You’ll get so much done!
If you don’t use a planner regularly, you’ll be amazed at how much you get done (in the long run)!
You may not get things done right away. You may need to transfer your undone items to the next week, next month, or even the next year (LOL). But eventually, many of the nagging to-do items will get done. It can be a slow process so you’ll need to give yourself grace. But I promise you that if you write them down, you’ll get MUCH more done than if you had the to-do items in your head.
You’ll feel a sense of relief
If you have your to-do items in your head, you are carrying a burden that you don’t even realize you’re carrying. Your subconscious mind is holding onto your-do’s and it’s working hard to keep you from forgetting them.
Once you write things down, the burden will be lifted from your shoulders. You’ll be amazed at the sense of relief and calm you suddenly feel. I can’t wait for you to try it and feel the calm that you’ve been missing, perhaps for a very long time.
Tip #2: Focus on Your Top Three Priorities
Even if you already use a planner religiously, this trick will get you rocking your to-do list.
To actually get stuff done (even stuff you REALLY don’t want to do), every day pick three things that you will get done, no matter what.
These three things don’t need to be big. They can be as small as sending a quick email, making dinner, or paying a bill. But the key is to get THREE things done and off your to-list.
The power of getting three things done every day is life-changing. It sounds small, but if you consistently get three things done every day, you will be more efficient than most of the population.
Why does this work?
You may be thinking that three things are too little. You’ll never get anything done if you just limit your priorities to just three items.
The reason why I suggest you limit it to three is that three feels doable. Even if you’re crazy busy, you can probably manage three things.
So many times we give up before we even start because we feel overwhelmed. We already have so much on our plates, the thought of doing anything else makes us want to vomit.
Keeping our list manageable makes us feel as if we’re in control of our lives— rather than our lives controlling us. Our to-do list feels more manageable, so we are more likely to actually do the things we put on it.
You can certainly do more than three things, but if your priority is to get AT LEAST three things done, you’ll free great at the end of the day. You’ve accomplished some important things and made progress. And that’s something to feel great about.
Tip #3: Work A Little Bit A Time
How often do you tell yourself, “I don’t have time?” It’s such a common mantra, we don’t even notice we say it.
But what if we use the little pockets of our day to get things done? I used to watch a TV series called 10, 20, 30 minutes to sew by Nancy Zieman. The premise of the show is that by using little bits of time, you could make a whole garment from scratch.
This is a beautiful idea, isn’t it? If we keep working at something, even if we only do a tiny little bit at a time, eventually, it will get done.
If you’re feeling energized and have a little pocket of time, consider working on a project (keep it listed in your planner so you don’t forget about it!). You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done when you consistently work on something, even in little chunks of time.
Writers can create whole books working this way. I do almost my entire side-business using these little chunks of time.
Don’t discount 10 or 15 minutes that you have available. Use this time well and watch your to-do list shrivel up…until you think of new projects to add to it!!
Let me know what you think in the comments. Which tip spoke the most to you? Are you ready to get a planner?
Wish you a lot of success on your journey!