Action steps for today:
*Listen to/watch the video and/or read the text below
*Turn off push notifications on all of your apps except for phone calls and text messages.
*Plan your day either before you do everything else OR tonight before you go to bed.
*Use this PDF as a guideline or your favorite journal!
Don’t forget! To participate and have a chance to win the $25 amazon GC, you must:
– Follow me on Instagram @MandaHowland
– Post each day with the hashtag #GratefulForConfidence and tag me in the caption. Posts can be about any insights from the day, something you learned or accomplished or anything else that you want! Be creative and have fun with it!
– Have your account public so I can see your posts (it’s only a few days)
We all have so much more time than we realize.
It’s just a matter of being confident in the way we set up our day for success. Today I’m going to show you how to take control of your schedule so you can have more confidence in how your day is going to go.
1. Don’t start your day until you’ve finished it.
Each day (or the night before), write out everything you have in your schedule that day down to the minute. From the minute you get up to the minute your head hits the pillow, what will you be doing?
By scheduling out your day minute by minute, there’s no room for having to make decisions about what you should be doing. You’ll be less likely to sit around scrolling through social media or playing mindless games while you should be doing something else.
Be sure to schedule everything. Including doing makeup, coming your kids hair, brushing teeth, time to scroll through social media etc.
This act alone can save you up to 2 HOURS in your day! What??
Yes, just try it and you’ll see what I mean.
This also must be hand written. Using your phone is great and super convenient but putting pen to paper helps your brain process it more. It helps you to feel more in control of what is going to happen in your day.
Here is an example of one of my crazy long days and how I chunk out each and every minute.
This is NOT a to-do list. To-do lists always zap our confidence and make us feel like we’re not great at accomplishing much (more on this later).
2. Do the thing you hate the most FIRST THING in the morning!
You know, the thing you’re most likely to push off. Just get it done right away and you don’t have to worry about it. Check out the book “eat that frog” if you really want to dive into this.
2. Turn off push notifications on your phone and use the scheduled time for social media.
We already talked about what the notifications do to your brain and stress response, but what about how much time it sucks up!
Think about it, you get a notification that someone commented on your facebook post. You look at your post and comment back then check the rest of your notifications, then you start scrolling and click on an ad. After scrolling for a bit, you decide to check snapchat because you saw someone snapped you while you were looking at that ad. You see this persons story and that reminded you that you wanted to look something up. You go to pinterest and start searching recipes but then get lost in the rabbit hole of looking at organization tricks in there.
Besides the fact that that just took up 10 minutes and you probably do that a few times a day, you’ve just taken in probably 5 newspapers worth of information and you don’t realize that your brain is fried from it!
Instead, schedule 10-20 minute increments to look at social media.
Curate your newsfeeds so that you can only see the things you want to see. Most social media platforms have a way to save content so you can save it and look at it later when you have more time.
Some of them even have a way for you to turn on notifications on certain pages so you can see when they go live or when they post. This will be within the app and without the little red dot showing up on the outside of your app so that you are distracted by it.
3. Use the timer and reminder on your phone whenever you need it.
If you really seriously want to use your time wisely, set a timer for how much time you want to spend on each task. Especially things like social media scrolling!
Include little breaks if you’re doing work that takes a lot of brain power. This way you’ll be refreshed when you come back to the task at hand.
4. What can you take off your plate?
What is it that’s holding you back? What is it that is really not fulfilling you and that you really don’t love doing and you get nothing out of it and it doesn’t really benefit anybody for you to be there or do that thing?
5. Complete a “done” list at the end of the day.
This will help you to celebrate everything you’ve accomplished. You can practice a little bit of gratitude AND make note of the things you want to accomplish the next day. .
You will sleep better knowing that you had a productive day and knowing that you’re capable of planning out the next day to be just as productive and your brain will be able to rest at night.
Talk about confidence!