If you’re like the average person, you have already tried 13 different methods to control and manage your time. Whoa! That’s a lot! These include things like time blocking, trying the 90/10 rule, colour scheduling in your calendar, creating deadlines, having workflows, and so on. I’m sure right now you probably feel tired just thinking about all of these different methods, right?!
So today, I’m answering one of the biggest questions I get all the time which is “As a mom of 3 and a businesswoman, how do YOU manage your time so well?” and what they’re really asking is, how do you do it all without burning out? And I hate to spoil it for you, but I don’t.
I don’t try to do it all and here’s why
Doing it all is doing too much and that’s what leads to burnout. The World Health Organization has expanded on its definition of what burnout is and it can be listed as a factor contributing to a health problem and a reason someone seeking help. The result of burnout is clear. We become exhausted, feel annoyed, unaccomplished, and unappreciated.
Maven Clinic recently conducted the largest study of working parents with 440,000 working parents including 226,000 moms and they found that “working mothers are 28% more likely to experience burnout than fathers. From juggling child-care challenges to managing work responsibilities. It can all take a toll. The survey concluded there were about 35 million working mothers in the U.S. at the end of 2019 and roughly 9.8 million working mothers in the U.S. are suffering from workplace burnout”
Megan Leonhardt, a writer for CNBC reports “From attempting to manage remote schooling to rearranging their workdays to fill child-care gaps, there’s no question it’s mothers who are, more often than not, shouldering the increased responsibilities of caring for kids throughout the pandemic”. Now, this is not a big surprise because mothers are usually the primary caregiver in a family. BUT this does mean that the way we do things as parents, as women, as purpose-driven ambitious, big dreamers, high achievers, and trailblazers has to change.
Stress is a normal response to situational pressure and/or demands and is the result of brain chemicals, called hormones, surging through the body. This results in things like having tense muscles and being prepared to take action. When this happens, our built-in alarm system, also known as our “fight-or-flight” response, kicks in.
A certain amount of stress is a normal part of daily life. Small doses of stress help people meet deadlines, be prepared for presentations, be productive and arrive on time for important events. But when stress becomes overwhelming and prolonged, the risks for mental health and medical problems increase leading to things like high blood pressure to changes in eating or sleeping patterns to a decline in performance or productivity.
I remember near the end of last year feeling overwhelmed because I wasn’t giving myself the time or attention I deserved. I was skipping meals, staying up late to get work done while the kids slept and I had quiet time, I wasn’t doing my hair, nails, or taking care of myself the way I normally do and it was starting to take a toll on my health.
I started getting little bumps on my fingers….then I knew it was time to slow my ambitious butt down. I had to learn how to master my 5% activities.
Master Your 5% Activities:
I knew that I couldn’t keep going down the path I was on so I spent some time in prayer and reflecting on how I have been using my time and this helped me to reset, refocus, and realign myself with the bigger picture of my life which is my unique purpose. After getting crystal clear on my goals for the quarter, I broke them down into realistic steps that I could take to achieve the goal with ease, meaning without overworking, self-neglect, and all the other garbage we’re taught to do in this hustle culture.
My 5% activities became less about making money and more about helping real people to achieve real, sustainable growth through the power of setting and achieving quarterly goals. It’s actually been proven that a 90-day goal provides a vision just far enough into the future that challenges you, but is achievable enough to motivate you to get it done and so you end up hitting the objective faster, crushing the goal sooner than you thought you would and those quick wins over time lead to long-term success
So let me ask you. Do you really want to keep mismanaging your time, overworking yourself, and feeling unappreciated along with having the high blood pressure and stress to go with it, or do you want to master YOUR 5% activities, have better relationships, produce quality work, enjoy more free time to do whatever YOU want, and overcome distractions? If you said “yes!”, Meet me at the Master Your 5% Activities FREE training and I’ll show you how to:
- Stop filling your schedule with unnecessary tasks that only cause burnout and frustration
- Trade busyness for effectiveness with your big goals
- & The best way to overcome distractions so you can start seeing progress now!
This is hands-down the best gift you can give yourself this year, a schedule that works for you and WITH your goals. I’ll meet you inside!