Do you live in a constant state of near-anxiety?
When you sit down at your desk in the morning, do you also feel a little frantic, like you’re not sure where to start?
I know that feeling all too well. That feeling of “will I make it through today with everything I need to do?” Or maybe you feel like you’re drowning in work and you’re just not sure where you’re going.
It’s like the blind leading the blind sometimes.
Some coaches make you “feel into it” and “make priorities”. But when you’re in that state of anxiety and often, fear, it’s a near impossible task.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of “feeling into it”. Half of what I do comes from “feeling into it”. But then again, I’ve had a LOT of practice. And it takes guidance. Making priorities means you need someone to mirror you, throw things back at you. Ideally we need a coach to help us through this. And I know a lot of people don’t have coaches for a myriad of reasons. So let’s see what we can do without a coach, for now…
Every week, I line up my coming week. I look at the appointments that are made, I make a mental note of how many other appointments might trickle in (that often depends on how many people I’ve been speaking to), and then I make commitments to myself. I write it on a sticky-note that follows me around all week until I’ve completed it.
I know every week, I want to dedicate:
1 hour to post prep
1 hour to membership program
2 hours to group program
2 hours for blogging
They can take different shapes, sizes, forms each week, but this is the lowest standard I set for myself. If nothing else gets completed this week, at least I know this will get completed. So I get to work.
When to Time Block
I know that Mondays are great for content. Coming off the weekend, I feel more refreshed and inspired. That’s when I’m best-placed to write content. Wednesdays are usually my group call days, so I tend to steer clear of too much other brain-power. Maybe I can plan blog ideas instead, so I don’t have to strain too much. Tuesdays are usually a good day for recording videos, I am still relatively well-rested from the weekend and can make some time to get camera-ready…
You see where I’m going with this? See how this fits in your own life. Mondays after school Sarah has BJJ so the house will be quiet. Wednesday nights are family games night, and that’s the day you typically run errands so steer clear of long calls, maybe even block that day out on your calendar. Pick a day to do certain things- I always do my washing on a Tuesday, so I don’t have to worry about laundry on any other day except for a Tuesday. It cuts down on time spent worrying about things.
The Night Before
So now that you know what time-blocks you want, and you know where to slot them in… it’s time to actually do them.
This is important guys: Set your Intentions the Night Before!
If you’ve already put it in your calendar, if you’ve written it out in your diary...whatever way you are doing it, make sure that you review what you’ve got on tomorrow, tonight. I have gone as far as asking my clients to tell me what their schedule is the next day so they can really get it into their systems.
There is a lot of science to this that I won’t explain here, but basically, when you do this, your subconscious actually gets to work on it, so by the time you get to it, it’s basically already half-done. I have seen remarkable results: getting up easier, more motivated, and getting through work more efficiently, with far less writer’s block.
This post, in fact, was ‘written in my sleep’ as I had chosen the topic the night before, and this morning it just flows out of me!
Your Own Process
I can sit here and tell you all I want guys, but at the end of the day, it’s all about you and how you do things. It’s about how well you know yourself. How well you know you’re going to get things done.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to mess up a little. It’s part of growing up and being British, as my dad always said (I think he got it from Monty Python). By learning how to enhance your best self through time-blocking, you can get so much more work done.
Now, having said that, this isn’t a cure-all. I know for a fact that having someone to hold me accountable has been the real secret to my success. Want to find out what it looks like to coach with me? Why not book a call?