5 Time Management Tips for The Overactive Brain

Hi, All! I just wanted to share my latest video on time management. I hope that this is beneficial to some of you!

1. Use A Planner; heck I actually use THREE! I know that that may sound like a bit much for some people but I work best when I “group and contain, “ like items. For example, I have one planner that is specifically for my full time job. It is a weekly glance and I schedule patients on the hour. Due to HIPPA regulations, I only use this planner for work. I wouldn’t dare be caught out in public flipping through this planner amongst friends.

The second planner that I use is a Day-Timer Flavia. This is where I store all of my personal appointment for child and myself. I also create my to-do lists here, our social calendars, bill tracking, budgets, cleaning schedule, vet appointments and our dog’s grooming schedule. Basically, this is the planner that goes everywhere with me.

Finally, I use the Erin Condren Life planner for everything related to “The Sweatpants Diva.” This is where my creative juices reside. Ideas for blog posts, YouTube videos, and all things related to my Life Coaching business, are found here. This planner rarely every leaves my house. (If you are interested in purchasing this planner, I’ve attached a $10 off coupon above).

2. Pause, before Committing! Don’t commit to appointments, volunteering, etc. until you check your calendar. I look at my calendar daily so I typically know what I have in store for the week. Other than that, I’ve learned to say, “I’ll need to check my schedule first and then I’ll get back with you.” This also gives me the opportunity to say “no,” if I need to. A good part of time management is not filling it with things just because you’re free. It’s important that you also consider yourself and/or your family as well. In my case, if my daughter has an event that ends late, then the chances of me agreeing to something at the top of the next morning that requires me drag her out of bed at the crack of dawn…probably won’t happen.

3. Prioritize. If there is one thing that 2014 has taught me is to prioritize my time. I have always been one that runs a TTD list 100 items deep and you had better believe that I was going to have the pleasure of crossing them off! Well, I have now learned that it is nearly impossible to be everything to everyone. I’ve also learned that life happens in cycles, and it’s important for each individual to prioritize what’s most important to him or her at that time. For example, currently, my focus is on my goals for 2015. That blog post and video may be found below. So, other things may be pushed to the side for now. I may skip out on folding laundry daily in place of getting in my workout or making a grocery run for whole foods. In order to make the most of your time, it’s better spent on the things that matter most and the things that will make the greatest impact to your happiness. If that’s cleaning, then schedule that and make time for it.

4. Use a timer. Most creative people have a very difficult time remaining focused on one task for a long period of time. This is where a timer comes in handy. I actually learned this technique from the FlyLady in 2004 and I’ve been using it since. When cleaning my house, I set the timer in increments of 15-20 mins and I focus on one room or one task. Once the timer goes off, I move on to the next. Before I would continue to re set the timer and stay in the same room until it was perfected but now I’m learning that a little of something is better than nothing at all. 15 mins of returned emails is better than 0. 15mins in the kitchen is better than 0. A 15 min workout is better than no workout at all.

5. Forgive yourself- There will be times when no matter how organized or well thought out your day seemed to be, things may not go well. Things may go undone. Things may be left incomplete. Forgive yourself. No one is perfect. We’re all just striving to be the best versions of ourselves as possible. Revisit, see if there’s something that you could have done differently, learn from it and MOVE ON!

I hope that these tips are in some ways beneficial. Great time management will not only save you time, but will also save you money and lots of headaches. I would love to hear from you in the comments section. What are some of your best time management skills?

2015 Goals

Hi, All!

I hope that you have enjoyed your holidays and are all geared up and ready for all that this new year has to bring! One thing that I do love about the flip of the calendar is that it generates a new sense of freshness. It’s like a clean slate to fix all of the things that you screwed up the previous year and to continue to progress with the things you’re doing right. For me, it’s also time that generates creativity and defines goals. Here’s a video where I share the information that’s also listed below.

At the end of 2015, I would like to have accomplished the following things in the following areas:

Home

• Continue to create an environment that I feel good about. In 2014 I purchased a new nightstand and a new mattress for my bedroom and those additions alone have brought great joy to my sleeping area.

• Be mindful of the things and people that I invite into my home as well as the type of energy that it brings. It is my goal that when people enter my home, that they immediately feel safe and loved. With this in mind, I am learning that it is important to be a bit more cautious of what and who makes it past the door. There once was a time when I never paid attention to this, because I was so “nice,” but being a mom first and foremost teaches me that not every movie, every piece of clothing, every lyric, every food, every friend of a friend, should be invited into our safe haven.

• Continue My Personal Growth with God

• Continue to watch and guide my daughter in her growth, but to incorporate more scripture into our day-to-day life.

Health

• Create more time for myself to do whatever the heck (Southern girl) my little heart desires. Whether that is to workout, sleep, having a pedicure, write, take hike, cook a meal, I just want to do it with no regrets!

• Sleep- 6-hour minimum, most nights of the week. This is a major improvement in comparison to the 2-3 hours that I’ve been doing in the past.

• Follow a plant-based diet. This has been a HUGE change for me and I’m loving it! I’ll update what I’m eating in a later video and blog.

Social Life

• This is a BIG year! Many of my friends are turning 35 this year and WOW, the celebration requests are rolling in! Many of them are going BIG with every right to, because the gift of life is a celebration within itself.

• Family- My family knows that I love them, but I need to stay in better contact. Point. Blank. Period.

• My plans for this year is to actually send more mail through the postal system, call, and visit more.
Letting go of the “All or None,” mentality

I am learning that a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. Perfectionism has made and gotten the best of me over the years and I’m gradually letting go. I will talk more about this in a future blog/video.

Well, that is all for now, but I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments section! What are your goals for this year? Are there any areas in particular that you would like to give more attention or time to? Feel free to share!

Laughter is OH, Sooo Good for the Soul!

Life has a way of knocking us all on our butts from time to time. Sometimes it may be something that seems so small and meniscal such as the sky opening and a huge downpour of rain occurs as you’re leaving the salon, to things that are much more massive like losing your job or a experiencing a death in the family. Regardless of the situation, it is important to remember that although we cannot control many of the things that happen around us, we CAN control the way in which we respond or react to them.
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As for me, I’ve realized that retreating to the beach and/or a good laugh often aids in resetting my “happy.” So, that’s what I spent the weekend doing and boy am I so “happy,” that I did. Not only did I visually take in lots of beautiful sites, but also, I laughed so HARD, and in such abundance. You know, that type of laughter that is so deep that it hurts, and trying to stop laughing only makes you laugh harder? Yasssssss! That’s it.

(please note, these pics are not from this weekend, but are a collection of happy moments with friends)
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I’m telling you, laughter with your family/friends and sometimes even alone at yourself has many amazing health/psychological benefits. Here are a few:

1. It decreases stress.
2. It aids in coping skills.
3. It boosts your immune system.
4. Talk about a workout, laughter burns calories and releases endorphins as well.
5. It impacts blood sugar.
6. Laughter also impacts your blood sugar.
7. It manages pain.
8. It’s universal, and aids in boosting your social skills.

So in celebration of healthy laughs everywhere, I would like to giveaway 2 tickets for an upcoming Comedy Show that will be held on Wednesday, September 17th, 6pm, at the Chateau Élan-Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, FL. This show will feature the following Comedians: Bob Lauver & Grandma Lee (as seen on America’s Got Talent). One lucky winner will win both tickets, because, let’s face it; we LOVE having someone to laugh with, right? I would love to hear from you in the comments section! Do you love a good laugh? Has laughter helped you through a difficult time? Are you capable of laughing at yourself? Speak your mind…
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