First, figure out what your personal “internal prime time” is–the time when you have the most mental clarity and energy. For many people it’s in the morning; for some, it’s late at night. It’s probably not after lunch. Write it down. Tomorrow we will do something useful with this information.
Now that you’ve determined your personal “internal prime time,” block out an hour or two during that time period one day this week. (Say, 10:00 to 11:30 AM on Thursday.) Mark the time as “personal time,” “my time,” “project time,” or whatever on your calendar. Treat this time like an important appointment with yourself–the way you would a doctor’s appointment, lunch with a client or a business meeting.
At the designated hour, find a quiet place such as the conference room, a coffee shop or your office, turn off your phone, put up a sign (as appropriate)–“I am deep in thought. Please do not disturb until 11:30 AM.” Then begin working on something on which you’ve been procrastinating, or on a project that you’ve been wanting to undertake for a long time. You will find that you can get twice as much work done when you work during your peak energy period without interruptions.
Pick three tasks you can delegate this week and actually delegate them.
Are you sleeping with your smartphone? If so, you probably aren’t getting the best quality sleep possible. Go to CVS or Walgreen’s or go online and buy a real alarm clock. You can get one that’s basic or one that has lots of features. Put your smartphone in another room, set your ⏰ and have a great night’s sleep. 💤💤💤
This will do wonders for your productivity.
Author Anne Lamott wrote, “‘No’ is a complete sentence.” Look at your list of obligations/invitations/tasks for the upcoming week. If you really don’t want to go to that event or do that thing, say “no” with love ❤️ and compassion. This is a great time for self care.