If you've been reading my blog for a while, I'm sure you've gathered I crave organisation by all the time management posts I write.
This month I'm interviewing Susan Williams-Goebber, who specialises in helping women schedule their lives - whether it be work, play or sleep, she's got tips for every area of your life. Susan is a teacher and she also blogs and offers group and 1:1 coaching to help women avoid overwhelm. I hope you enjoy this insight into how she plans her days - I personally love her focus on self-care and rest.
What is your usual wake up time?
Weekdays I get woken up at 5:30am, but I don’t get out of bed till about 6:30–7:00am.
On the weekends I don’t have an alarm so I wake up when my body says so, which is normally around 7–8am.
How do you like to start your day?
I love to start my day in bed with a cup of coffee or two. Oh and a glass of water with lemon that I didn't drink that night.
I write in my journal to get everything out of my head, which is the first conversation that I have.
It is so important for me to know what’s going on in my head and get all the worries that I don’t want to share down on paper. I feel much better after writing.
While in bed I go through my emails, look on Facebook, answer any questions or comment on posts.
Then I watch webinars that have happened while I have been asleep. If there aren’t any available I watch Periscope or YouTube. I have now added guided meditation to my morning routine.
I’m not a good morning person that is why I need such a long time in bed. I don’t talk to anyone and hubby has learned not to talk or ask questions 'til I’m out of bed, washed and dressed. It sounds bad I know, but I know me and it is easier on both of us. The good thing is that hubby is a farmer so he gets up before me and he’s out of the house.
Tell us about your commute.
I drive to school at different times throughout the week. When I’m in my car I love to listen to books on my Kindle. Or let my mind wander.
I also like to go through my lesson in my mind and visualise how well-behaved the children will be and how much fun we are all going to have. I will also pick a song and start to sing it to get in the mood.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
I love to plan my week. I really need to know what’s going on and religiously write it in my planner. I believe I’m not good at being spontaneous and need to plan ahead. I feel safe when I plan.
After planning I know how much free time I have, so that when things come up out of the blue I can say yes or no. So really you could call it a ‘controlled spontaneity’.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
Oh I love my lunch breaks. I hate the cooking part so I am always grateful when hubby cooks. I then go and lie down every day at the same time (1:30pm) and sleep for about 15 minutes.
I then go through the same routine as my mornings, mad moodiness and all. I then take phone calls again at 2:30pm.
My ideal lunch break would be to have a cook who has a healthy lunch waiting for me when I come home from school. I’d eat in peace, then go lay down.
What kind of workout schedule do you try to adhere to?
I love my yoga Wednesdays. My week doesn’t feel right if I miss it. And that’s it! I take my two dogs for a walk each day and that’s my workout.
I used to do so much more, and will add more to my life soon. I know that’s what everyone says but I know me and I know why I don’t do more. I’m working on changing that.
How do you like to end your day?
I like to end my day reading my emails, looking on Pinterest, watching webinars. When that’s done I will sometimes fall asleep watching something on Amazon Prime, my computer or my Kindle Fire.
What time do you doze off?
Whenever my body says so. It’s different every day. It can be as early as 8pm or at 2am. I don’t worry about it anymore.
What do you aspire to every day but never / rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
I want to read more in the evenings, not just emails, but books.
I just have the feeling that I am missing something and need to have a look on social media to be present. I know this is stupid and I need to change my mindset on that.
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
I believe that we as women ought to put ourselves at the top of our to-do list. Be more selfish – we are entitled to free time and putting ourselves first.
We would be teaching our children not to sacrifice themselves for others, and our daughters will learn not to burn themselves out as future mothers. Have a set hour just as alone time and fight for it, it’s worth it.
Can you give my readers your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
My quick go to recipe after a busy day has nothing to do with food. It’s just a cup of something warm and time to breathe. Clear your head and write your thoughts down on paper. Easy!
You can find Susan at the links below - go show her some love!