This is an illusion ... when we live waiting for life to start we're wasting precious time. Time we could be spending enjoying life, succeeding and meeting our goals, making friends, money, love and more! Here are three tips to help you get ready for life (and in effect start living).
1. Be ready for the day. If you work from home, if you're a stay at home mom, if you only have a few errands to run, or if you're off to just another "boring" day at work, I want you to get dressed. Wake up and put your clothes on! Pick out an outfit. Don't just wear the same thing you always do (whether it be sweats to lounge around in, your pj's or even that boring old suit!). If you're dressed in lounge clothes, you will be in that mood for the entire day. Get ready and be ready for life! This accomplishes two things. You feel good. You know you're ready and you look good if the kids want to go to the park, you know you're on point if you have to jump on a video call with work and you know you won't be afraid to run into anyone if you have to run to the grocery store! The point is being ready translates into action. When you feel good, you do good. The second thing it accomplishes is that you DO MORE! You're ready to face the day. You work more, do more errands, you're more "social," basically you go about your day engaging with it, instead of hiding behind your frumpy old clothes or unkempt hair. When you look good (just the basics) you will accomplish more-try it out for 30 days and let me know your thoughts!
2. Set a timer. We (women, but men too) have a tendency to do too much! We run around trying to get the house in order, we pick up after everyone, we try to get work done, but then we realize we have to go out and buy groceries, and as we're heading out the door we remember we forgot the laundry in the machine and we still haven't even started dinner yet ... Living in a constant whirlwind of never ending tasks is a prison-do yourself a favor and take a break! We all need to get things done, but the key is to be moderate-if you're extreme, in either direction, you won't accomplish much. For one, you'll burn out quickly and not have the motivation to do the other important things in your life (like exercise, spend "quality" time with your significant other, play with the kids or chat with your friends on the phone, etc.). You'll also feel tired, irritable and won't want to be around others! And if you're the opposite, you procrastinate and get nothing done, you'll also lose motivation, and accomplish nothing. In either case-you feel terrible. The cure? Set a timer. Not kidding. Set it for 20-30 minutes (or more) for each task you're doing. Getting organized will help you lead a more productive life. After the timer goes off, STOP. Go to your next task. Keep doing this day in and day out. You'll accomplish more than you've ever imagined, you'll feel really good at being productive and you wont' feel burnt out from doing too much at once! SET A TIMER!
3. Clean the house. When your house is a mess .. well, so are you. You're irritable, you feel overwhelmed, you don't want anyone over and God forbid someone "stops by," you are frantically trying to pick up your things ... What can you do? Clean for 20-30 minutes each day. Set a timer. Divide the house in zones. Each day, clean a zone (or clean parts of your zone). Kitchen-Zone 1, Living room-Zone 2, Bathroom-Zone 3, Basement-Zone 4. Cleaning all at once is going to overwhelm you, but doing a little each day (and we ALL have 20-30 minutes a day) is going to accomplish two things: get your house clean and keep it clean! You'll feel good. I can go deeper into this topic about how to organize how you clean your home, just ask :-)
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