When it comes to owning your day, I certainly don’t have it figured out. And I know I’m not alone. But as we’re all navigating this with everything on our plates and our days turned upside down, I do think it’s good to note what helps get through this difficult time.
Before I get into those tips, I want to point out that right now all we can do is take things day by day and do our very best. This is a lot – things will not be perfect. You will not be perfect. Give yourself a whole lot of grace as you figure out how to structure each day.
- Stick to a morning routine. Many of our days aren’t as structured right now – we don’t have to get to work or get the kids ready for school. I’ve found though, that sticking to that morning routine, continuing to wake up a little early, have some time to myself, to map out my day and get in the right mindset for the day is so important. Do whatever feels good to you – movement, meditation, reading. Mine involves a lot of coffee.
- Prioritize 3 things – I’m a list maker. I love making a list of things to get done each day. Right now, even that feels overwhelming with everything coming at me. Really try to narrow it down – what are the most important things to focus on today for your family, work, or homeschooling or helping your community. Anything else you get done will be the cherry on top.
- Approach your day in shifts – I know all of our situations are very different so I can’t speak to all of them specifically, but no matter what your life looks like, working in shifts will help boost productivity. How can you give yourself small chunks of time so you can give something your full attention?
- Set clear boundaries if possible – So the shifts we just talked about – put them in your calendars. If you’re working from home, block time for lunch or homeschooling or exercise. It’s very easy to sit at that computer all day. I work from home all the time, so I know. We’re also getting so many more emails, DMs, text, etc. Block 2-3 times each day to check these so you’re not spending all day on them.
- Take time for yourself – You have to be the biggest priority right now to have a successful day. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t help others around you or do a good job at work. I’ve been hearing clients say they don’t have time to eat or move. That’s not sustainable. I speak from a lot of experience here, so trust me.
We’re all in this together. Some days will be better than others. Lean on family, friends and your community and like I said, give yourself grace.