Hey lovely people!
If you have been following me for a while then you know, Times with Tempestt is full of content related to food and cocktails, our home projects, DIYs, life with the hubs and the pups, and my educator happenings.
That leaves the question, how do you do it?
I’m sure many of you are like me when it comes to needing to find strategies to help make things in your life easier and more organized.
So in this post, I highlight four things that help me a ton.
- Calendars everywhere. At first glance, this may seem unorganized but just hear me out. I add everything to my google calendar and make sure it’s connected to my ical on my phone. While I can’t say never (because yes I miss the mark), I TRY really hard to remember whenever an event or meeting is added, that I set up alerts. Writing them down in addition to this electronic version is equally helpful as well. I have a lot of planners that I adore, my passion planner is still my go to since I can block off chunks of time.
- Asana. I am new to the world of Asana but so far it is doing what I need it to do in terms of tracking my tasks and projects. I am crazy about sticky notes and tend to still have them all over the place, but I have been focusing on trying to streamline my tasks a lot more. Right now I am favoring “the list” format because it let’s me write out all my task and shift them from “to-do” to “doing” to “done.”
- “Today’s Focus.” In my passion planner, at the top of each day there is a block for me to fill out that says “Today’s Focus.” This means, while I may have four meetings in one day, need to prep and grade for a class, work on a blog post or an offering for my consulting business, I should still truly prioritize one thing each day. A mentor of mine calls this “themes for the day” and she is one of the most organized people I know. Check her resources and services out here.
- Brain breaks. I used to try to just work until I was exhausted. What I realized is that once I reached that point, there was no getting back to work because I too “spent.” After learning about the Pomodoro technique specifically, I realized I needed to schedule bursts of work as well as my breaks. That particular technique is a time management strategy designed to have you work for small chunks of time with short breaks. The goal is to keep you sharp by giving you those brain breaks. While I don’t exactly follow the 25 minutes of work, 5 minute break, I do not go a full hour without stopping for a snack, a social media break, or a quick outdoor potty break with my pups.
Do you have any tips, apps, or strategies that work for you as you juggle your multiple tasks and responsibilities?
Let me know in the comments!