Eat frogs and revamp your days

 
Productivity

Wrangling time

Life Editor, Sage Grayson, recently recommended the book Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy. Its focus is on reducing the feeling of overwhelm, while improving time management strategies. I’ve always felt like I’m pretty au fait with time management but maybe that’s only when there’s enough time in the day to fit in every task… which has not been the case at my workplace for around the past year.

Four realistic lessons

In the spirit of living life with more ease, Mark Twain was quoted as saying:

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

So if you complete your least favourite task (your ‘live frog’) first thing – anything beyond that will be better than that first task. I have been working on implementing this at work for the last few months and I’ve noticed a real difference, and less horrible frogs lurking on my list all day or at the end of each week.

Some of my key takeaways from the book are:

1  Set a theme for the day – today is all about what? (e.g. productivity, ease, catching up, strategising)

2  Spend 15 minutes in the morning planning your day. Not ground-breaking I know, but it helps so much and focuses you to work on tasks that yield the most result. If I don't do this when I arrive at work, my day tends to spiral madly.

3  Rank your priorities – once you’ve made your to do list, rank the priorities. Are they A, B or C priorities? Or my personal favourite… – Ds! D = Delegate.

And my favourite lesson? I am spreading this through the land to anyone who will listen. 

You will never be caught up on your to do list. What is the most valuable use of your time right now?

Once I accepted I'll never catch up on my to do list (both at work and in my personal life), it felt like a huge weight had been lifted. Let me know in the comments if this resonates with you.

How I found an extra 2 1/2 hours in my day

 
LEFB

I’m participating in the Blog Party for Sage Grayson’s Life Editing for Beginners program. In this 5 week group program, you’ll learn the Life Editing Process and how to delete bad influences, add good habits and routines, and rearrange the parts of your life into a perfect flow.

During the course you get daily emails, stacks of videos and worksheets, 5 weekly interactive webinars, a private Facebook group and weekly challenges. Click here to sign up.

 I’m a Life Editor…and so are you! Keep reading to see how Life Editing for Beginners improved my life.

 

The lovely Sage.

The lovely Sage.

I was struggling with the flow of my day to day life before starting Life Editing for Beginners. Every day was full – work hours, yoga, time with friends and family, exercise, housework, cooking – a little too full maybe! I felt like I was ticking everything off the to-do list but it was never quite enough or there was always another item waiting to be done. This course really taught me about structuring my days in the way I want them to play out and creating a balance so I’m not just constantly adding more and more into my schedule, which is what I have a tendency to do. And as an editor by trade, Sage's course seemed destined to work for me!

LEFB has lots of great worksheets, but the time log worksheet was one of the most useful and important for me. After completing my time log for a few days, I realised up to TWO AND A HALF hours of my spare time is spent on the internet. Shame! No wonder I was feeling overwhelmed by the other things on my to-do list. One habit I’ve implemented since the course is not using social media after 9pm at night. By creating this white space (as Sage would call it), once my ‘mandatory’ to-dos are done, I can spend time reading, taking a bath, watching my favourite shows, spending time with my husband and working on my blog.

I’ve also implemented gratitude into my daily routine – I have a reminder in my phone to stop mid-afternoon and think of five things I’m grateful for. During hectic, sometimes erratic work days, I've found slowing down for a couple of minutes hugely helpful. Gratitude forms the foundation of the course and helps me stay grounded when I’m working on rearranging other, larger aspects of my life.

 

The five steps of Sage's Life Editing process. Gratitude falls under foundation.

The five steps of Sage's Life Editing process. Gratitude falls under foundation.

There are so many highlights to the course – the group calls, Sage’s videos, the Facebook group full of like-minded women. I’d really recommend this course to help you review how your daily life is tracking, something I think all of us can use. Now I’m working on entrenching my new habits and planning a review of the Life Editing process every quarter to keep me on track and help me adjust easily to any new circumstances. Thanks Sage! Here’s the link to join up to this great course: http://sagegrayson.com/life-editing-beginners/

Light links: August

 
coffee

It's the last weekend of winter here in Australia and, amazingly, it's a sunny one. Enjoy the last days of August and some links I've found around the place this last month.

The brilliant Myf Warhurst shuns the pressure of lists in favour of humour and ease.

Ditching the efficiency of Google Maps to submit to the senses. Could I slow down enough to take the scenic route? I’d like to try.

This one broke my heart a little. I spent a year living in London and this pretty much nails it. Thanks Ashleigh.

Some great tips that support ease at home. We moved house a few months back and I’m still working on number 3 – home décor perfectionism.

I’m fascinated by the ‘not good enough’ voice in many women’s heads – just one of the areas addressed by these successful women.

Holidays and the rest your brain truly needs