I hear many people tell me that they don’t have time or that they can’t fit another thing into their schedule. I would have to call their bluff on this one.
It is not that they don’t have time, but that they THINK they don’t have time. While there are some people who are actually running from place to place and have no time to sleep, they are few. Kutos to you if that is your thing. Sounds exhausting to me.
Think about it this way, how often are you checking Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? How much time per day do you spend binging out in front of the T.V. to the latest season of Peaky Blinders on Netflix? Now, really. Be honest. I am not going to judge.
The reality is that you have more time than you think you do and and more of this time can be put to productive use. Or at least to do the things that need to get done. Smelly mold in the fridge is not going anywhere. But if you like that smell, still no judgement.
How do I be more productive you say? By scheduling the things that you want/need to get done. Seriously, this works. Kids baseball game? Check. Weekly laundry day? Check. Whisking the couch? Also check.
“But Nikki, that has never worked for me.” – How long did you try it for? And did you seriously give it your best effort?
“But Nikki, I don’t like anything that tells me what to do” – Pull up your big girl/guy panties and get over it. You have stuff telling you what to do all the time (kids, spouse, the government, your job). At least now, you choose to put it in your calendar.
“But Nikki, I seriously don’t have any time.” Take a week and write down exactly what you do on a day to day basis and the amount of time it takes you to accomplish those tasks. I bet you will start to see some time that you could accomplish a few things that are on your to-do list.
Now I am not saying that these things need to be huge. You are tired when you get home from work? Schedule 10 minutes to clean the toilet. Your only day off a Sunday? Schedule a few hours to meal prep for the week or mop your floors. Even going to visit your parents can be scheduled.
The good news is that there are free platforms that you can use. For me, my phone has a calendar app right on it. I use this one the most and I have it synced to my Google Calendar as well that I share with my husband for family things (kids dentist appointments, days off school, girl’s night out, etc). You can sign up for a free Google Calendar here. You will need to have a gmail account to access it but you can sign up for a free account here.
I linked my calendar on my phone with my Google Calendar so I can see them both in one place. I get alerts that show me when a scheduled appointment (or task) is coming up so I can plan for it.
Try it, I bet you will be pleased with the results. My motto is what gets scheduled is what gets done. I really believe it.
Let me know how it goes.