We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time..
It’s Not About Cramming More Tasks Into Fewer Hours
Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into less time. Books and articles on productivity and time management sometimes suggest this strategy. It may well help in the short term, but it isn’t a good long-term strategy if you are wanting meaningful change.
Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning.
Don’t try to add to the list of things you have to do in the morning. You will only feel more rushed and stressed than ever.
Try Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time
Instead, think about how you can best utilise your time in the morning. What would your perfect morning look like compared with your current morning routine.
On your ideal morning, what are you not doing?
By eliminating some things you can then start finding time to do what’s important to you and it all becomes much easier.
So how do you find the things that you can stop doing? There are two great ways .
# 1 Look for busy work -the things you do out of habit that possibly do not need doing every day. Things like checking your email first thing in the morning or scrolling through Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee.
If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.
#2 Gain back some valuable time by considering if you’re doing things that others can do themselves.
Our children are the perfect example. When they are very young we prepare their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do.
When they are very small, we have to to fix their breakfast and prepare their packed lunch. We tidy up after them, ensure their backpack is packed and ready to go and even pick out their clothes for them so they can get dressed. However it is very easy to continue to do these things long after they’re capable of doing things on their own.
The same goes for things we do for our spouse or partner.
Perhaps there was a time when it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores because you had less to do in the morning. If so, have things changed?
If so consider if it is time to lighten your load and get help from your partner. Some tiny changes may be all that is necessary s to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.
Consider if things have changed for you and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? Some tiny changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.