People are often amazed at the number of things I have on the go at any one time. I’m always confused as to why other people aren’t the same. I might be a bit nuts but I love to be busy and super organised. I’d love to teach you how to do this too, and I reckon it’s quite simple, here’s how…
First and foremost, If you want to achieve something you have to chip away at it every single day. It’s not rocket science.
The key to making this happen comes down to 3 things.
- Keep everything simple and minimalistic
- Adopt clever planning and organisation
- Take time out to just “be”
I want to discuss point number 1 here today. Keeping everything simple and minimalistic.
You may (or may not) have heard that your brain only has a certain amount of power when it comes to decision making and willpower each day. It’s like the battery on your phone, the more you have going on, the faster your battery will run down. It recharges by taking time out, so when you sleep or meditate.
So, for example, if by 9 am you have done 300 things to get yourself and your kids ready for the day, chances are you will be tired and foggy before the day has even started. This can result in poor decision making and low willpower, meaning that you make silly mistakes at work or when driving, and you could make poor choices when it comes to health and wellness for the rest of the day.
So how do you combat this?
Firstly – before you go to bed, make sure everything you need for the following morning is done. That means laying out your clothes, getting the kid’s lunches ready, making sure the dishwasher is packed and on, putting out anything that you’ll need the following morning for your day. Find your keys, wallet, and phone, get your shoes out, make sure your hand bag is packed. Get your toothbrush, hairbrush, and make-up out ready to go. All of these small things will not only free up time in the morning but will also keep space in your brain for the more important decisions and tasks for the rest of the day.
Secondly – you can make your life so much easier minimising the choice you have in your life. This can include the outfits you wear, the meals you cook, the snacks you eat. What we do here in the Flint household is we order the exact same shopping online each week. (we don’t go to the supermarket – we would rather be having family time + we stick to the budget because we aren’t lured in by shiny new products on the shelves).
We eat the same meals each week. Breakfast is the same each day. With dinner we order between 5-7 options and rotate them. We do change up our lunches so that provides a bit of variety, and we eat out once a week, but breakfasts, snacks, and dinners are the same week in and week out. We keep our meals super simple too. We eat paleo style food, so we have lots of raw whole veggies and protein on the side. Often we have big chunky veggies, minimising the prep time. Our meals take 5-10mins max to prep. It’s simple, and you can do this too.
Often we will make double and have it the next day for lunch or for dinner again. The slow cooker is our best friend too – chuck it all in the pot, leave all day, come home to a cracking good meal. Boom!
We also have minimal outfits. We keep our fashion simple and relaxed. Of course, we have dressy outfits too, but day to day we keep it simple and relaxed. I don’t want to spend precious minutes each day deciding what to wear. My brain needs to be saved for business-type activity. You may have heard that Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing every day. He literally owns 10 of the same shirt and pants. There’s a reason for this and it all comes down to saving brain power and time each day for more important things.
I can hear some of you saying “arghhhhhh BORING!!!!” Or, “I couldn’t possibly wear the same outfits to work each week, what would the girls in fashion think!!!” And in the past, I thought the same. But here’s the thing. We have literally saved hours each week by keeping our lives simple and minimising decisions each day. HOURS!!!! And honestly – no one cares what you wear or what you eat, so why not keep it simple and save yourself time and brain power each day.
Thirdly – In our businesses, we do quarterly strategic planning, and guess what! We also do the same in our family life too. We take time out each quarter to discuss what is working, what is not working, what new goals we want to achieve and what things can we improve on. We then make changes accordingly and revisit them again in 3 months time. We share a calendar so that we know who’s doing what and each week runs like clockwork. This is a great time to make sure you have enough breaks, holidays and time out too.
And Finally – If you do feel frazzled by 9 am and you have a big day of work ahead then do yourself a massive favour and learn to meditate. Meditation is by far the easiest and most enjoyable way to charge your brain battery. Take 10mins to reset and recharge and off you go again.
You see, by taking time out to plan and prep, and by keeping things super simple, you literally save hours each week and you achieve more by chipping away at the things that matter most.
If this is something you feel that you need help with, or if you have some tips to add to mine here, hit me up in the comments below….
Love Rebecca xoxo