Sometimes all you need is a nap.
When was the last time you took a nap? Sometimes when we hit a wall during the day a nap can rejuvenate you. Set a timer for 20 minutes and see how you feel after you wake up.
Elizabeth Scott, M.S. writes on about.com:
The Benefit of a Power Nap: Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own).
I used to hate napping. But while burning the candles at both ends I learned that putting my head down on my desk for 15 minutes helped me be able to get through the rest of my day. Setting an alarm is a must. I still don’t like napping but sometimes I just have to do it. And it always proves worthwhile.
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So often I hear from many women who write to me… “There’s just not enough time in my day!” Then there is… “work all day (whether at home or away) and then I’m supposed to get dinner on the table, have the kids bathed etc…” There are SOME solutions, but it takes time to implement them and get the whole family in on the same page.
One of these solutions is to try getting the house and garage organized so that YOU understand where everything is. Then you can explain it to the rest of the family. GET SOME HELP! Have a friend or another mom/grandmom come over to help you and try to send the kids to their friends house. (I know this isn’t always possible.) I personally set the kids up to play in the sprinklers in the yard and when they were tired of that, I had a new movie all set up for them if they got themselves all showered and dressed. Then I hired two teenagers for 3 hours and paid them. They were thrilled because they really didn’t do much. They got to guide the children from here to there and occasionally take something from here to there for me. (Many young teens would love to be a mother’s helper now and again.)
Then, on to the rooms. Now some of the rooms I was able to do while the kids were out playing. I assessed one room, found containers for it (I purchased a long time prior because I just HAD to have them when they were on sale), and started sorting. In a boys room full of Lego’s® and junk, I literally raked everything into a pile into the center of the room, sized up how large a container or two (or three) I would need for Lego’s®, then put those containers on one side of me and some small ones on the other. I called my son in to help decide what he was keeping or not and we went at it! I could see when he was getting tired and sent him off to take a break. When he got back I had a lot of it done and he felt at ease to start in again.
Take one room a week. This will cut down on the stress of doing such a large task. I started with the garage figuring that I had better have it organized before I started in the house. This way, if there were things that the kids wanted to keep, but didn’t use that often anymore, I could label it and find a place in the garage to put it.
There is only so much one can do when in a smaller home or office. So please try not to put too much pressure on yourself to get things perfect. The only time I can say that I had things as close to perfect as anyone with three children could get was when I lived in the same house for over 9 years and had the place remodeled to my specifications. Then there were special cabinets under this counter, a walk in closet in this room, a closet organizer in that room, etc… Even then it wasn’t near complete. BUT I did know where everything was. And the house WAS neat, clean and tidy.
With that I will leave you with these 10 Ways To The Simplify Life…
* Design a card for someone you love.
* Laugh. Often.
* Blow bubbles.
* Run through a sprinkler.
* Color in a coloring book.
* Visit a pet store and hold the puppies.
* Paint a picture of your family.
* Sign letters to your spouse and significant other with x’s and o’s.
* Pick dandelions.
* Go to the library and check out two books you’ve been wanting to read . . . and read them.
For some lucky women, keeping track of time comes naturally. They are always prompt, even early for appointments. They seem to have an alarm clock programmed into their brain.
Then there are women who can remember an appointment one minute, walk out of the kitchen/office and then totally forget the appointment. It’s scary for some of us!
Having given time management seminars, I know there are a lot of women out there just like that. If you’re one of them, I have an inexpensive easy solution that works. Purchase an inexpensive digital alarm watch that is simple to program.
If you have a watch you like already, then put the alarm watch in your pocket or purse. When you are sitting down in the early morning (HA, how many of you sit down in the morning?) or maybe when you sit down at night for a bit, take out your calendar and check your schedule. If you have an important meeting or appointment you will need reminding of, simply set the alarm for the time you will need to head out and pop it in your pocket or purse and forget about it. (Maybe set it for when you need to start getting ready if you have to dress up or put on some make-up.)
I can’t tell you how many times my sons alarm watch goes off when I need to be somewhere. It’s a lifesaver!!! (Now remember, I suggested you get an easy to program watch so you can program it in a minute.)
The most common tip I’ve come across in my years of organizing is stay focused. This in itself is one of the hardest things for approximately 50 to 60 percent of our population to manage. Therefore, many ideas have been devised to help people focus. Here’s one of my favorites:
Look around your home or office. Make two lists. The first is what NEEDS to be done and the second is what you WANT to be done. Obviously, the items on the NEEDS list will be the first things you tackle. Taking your personality into account, decide what task you think you could finish or almost finish in 5 minutes. Set your timer and begin. When the timer goes off, finish the last bit or stop completely and take a break. If you feel good and would like to continue, go for it! Set the timer for another five minutes. See if you can at least accomplish one or two tasks in the two five-minute periods. Usually, the majority of those who try this do more than they’d expected. Now sit back, relax for a minute or two and feel good about what you have accomplished!
If you did this every day for a week, just think about how much you could and would tackle!!!
Fifty-nine percent of Americans are complaining about being too busy, according to a national poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News last year. Welcome to the rat race. The one that has you on a treadmill, running and not thinking about the fact that you’re not going anywhere, but running all the same.
I read about Diane and Ken Rosener who exemplify where all of this running can lead. They started out with nothing when they got married, but with an eagerness for more they soon became the classic American family.
With new vehicles, a bigger house, three VCRs, four various-sized and shaped TVs, new furniture, and bigger power tools the Rosners worked more hours and found themselves stressed trying to meet all of their financial, professional and emotional commitments. They had a lot of things, but no time to enjoy them . . . or each other.
That’s when Diane made some changes. She quit her job selling real estate and supervising a 600-member community association. Now she publishes A Penny Saved, a newsletter devoted to simplifying life. Diane’s new philosophy? Less is more.
And Diane is not the only one who thinks so. It’s a whole new trend called the Simplicity Movement, known also as downscaling or downshifting. It’s so widespread that forecasters are calling it the trend of the 90′s. Gone are the status symbols of the 80′s, according to Elaine St. James, an author and a pioneer of the simplicity movement. Good-bye Corporate America and hello Colorado ranches and four-day work weeks.
Does simplifying your life mean selling everything you own, going back to nature, eating off the land and living in a teepee? No, not unless you really want to.
St. James says, “Simplifying is about making wise choices and recognizing that trying to have it all has gotten in the way of enjoying the things that add to our happiness and well-being.” The difference is not worrying about having things but worrying about having each other.
Linda Manessee Buell, 42, quit her career with American Express and started a full-time coaching practice from her home. Like anyone who makes such a move, Linda had to make some adjustments. She and her husband no longer took twice-a-year vacations and she had to forego the frequent manicures, pedicures and waxings that were once part of her routine. But the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices. She’s kicked off her high heels and isn’t commuting to endless meetings, cautiously working her way through company politics. Instead of getting up at 5:30 she sleeps in until 7 a.m. and has lunch with her husband on the back patio. “I knew I would get rid of a lot of stress when I left Corporate America,” says Linda, “but I never realized how much.”
Roger Herman, a business futurist says,”People are no longer interested in working for money. They’re looking for more meaning in their lives.”
Simplifying your life is about relationships, self-improvement, hobbies, quiet time, being a conscious consumer, a good steward, a responsible human being, and a grateful person. Gosh, that sounds a lot like what the Busy Woman’s Daily Planner is all about: Making time for what matters most.
Sooner or later we all come to realize that a frantic life-style is a choice. The key to simplicity: Balancing and choosing, deciding what you want out of life, then being willing to gracefully let other things go. Once you simplify your life you begin to do your best work.
Funny, we actually go somewhere when we get off the treadmill and stop running. It’s nice to have a planner and be a part of a business that supports what matters most.
We knew we were on to something with our definition of time management, but we had no idea that we were part of a “movement.” I guess that means sharing your business just got easier.
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
- Will Rogers in a letter to the New York Times, April 29, 1930