Over the last ten days, I’ve been writing about how you can find the time to do the stuff you really love. These top ten tips are based on my own experience of finding time in amongst the childcare, full-time job, and the hectic-ness that comes from running a household. Here’s a bonus tip for you: blitz it over a week. I’m not talking about making smoothies here, although that’s got to help – I mean running through all of the tips in one week. It’s not for everyone, but if you like the idea of getting set up quickly, read on.
Here’s your bonus tip!
What you’re going to do is cover everything (almost everything) in one week, to get yourself up and running quickly. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then go for it! Here’s what you need to fit in:
- Time off
- Time tracking
- Review and reflect
- Organise your space
- Organise your tools
- Capture and sort
Get ready to blitz it
Work on time tracking and getting the right amount of sleep before the week starts. In other words, you need to prepare a couple of weeks in advance.
Put aside a week to get yourself set up
Put aside a week to get yourself set up so you can do the stuff you really love. If you can do this when you’ve got a week off work, or minimal commitments so much the better. Ideally, only work on blitzing this week. That might not be possible, of course, so use timetabling so you get some focus time every day.
Here’s how you do it
My suggestions are pretty generic. Adapt to make it fit your thing.
Day one: have some time off and some perspective time.
Day two: Begin to set up your capture and sort system – physical and digital. Figure out what you can automate. Fit in a chat with your partner or family if necessary.
Day three: Organise your space and your tools. Build in some perspective time to reflect and review what you’ve done so far this week and to look at the results of your time tracking.
Day four: Go back to your capture and sort system. Have a go at creative signposting (if relevant to your project) and timetabling a typical week.
Day five: Have some time off and some perspective time. Check out Julia Cameron’s advice on Artist Dates.
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