Just recently I have taken on an extra project which seemed like it would be easy to incorporate into my already quite busy schedule. It is something I am very committed to and I know will help a lot of the women I work with. If you haven’t already heard, I am now the Damsels in Success Director for Croydon with a launch event coming up on 13th June. There is a link in the sidebar under ‘Upcoming Events’.
You know that old saying ‘if you want something done ask a busy person’ , well I’ve always believed that to be very true. It’s because busy people are busy as they are prepared to take action when others maybe wouldn’t. I was quite confident that I could do all the extra tasks on top of what I was already doing, but after a couple of weeks I began to have doubts.
It wasn’t that these tasks were difficult or that I wasn’t confident that I could do them, but there just didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day! The thing I love about Damsels is the brilliant support and coaching that you get from the rest of the organisation and I was given this tip today: the more you tell yourself you don’t have enough time, the more you believe it and the less time you actually have! Everybody has 24 hours in a day and yet some people seem to do so much more with it than others can. Now, I know that I’m not actually that bad because I often get emails that have been sent in the early hours of the morning and I do understand the value of sleep.
What I have done is give myself an extra day off in the week which seems counter-intuitive and batch up tasks into time blocks on the other days so that I spend less time wondering what to do next. It is very often the procrastination that wastes so much time in the day, but having firm boundaries and planning will get more done in less time.
Working 7 days a week /18 hours a day does not mean you will get more done; some of the most productive people work the least hours. So think about that next time you feel like there aren’t enough hours in your day.
If you would like to find out more about strategies to help you have more ‘success with ease’, take a look at my Facebook group Serenity Circle