In the fast-paced world we live in today, where "24 hours a day is not enough..." and we have "so much to do, so little time," it is easy to get caught up in everything happening around us and miss out on the important things like following our dreams, spending quality time with loved ones, taking time to breathe...
Every now and then, it is important to stop and ask ourselves the question "what have I been up to lately?". If you can't match up your level of activity to accomplished goals, you might be suffering from what I'd like to call "The Busy Syndrome"--the state of always being extremely busy and not having the equivalent results to show for it.
And its not to say the things you're doing with your time are not important...you may not be spending hours in front of the tv, but the right thing done at the wrong time can make a big difference.
Over the weekend, I attended a Business & Career Empowerment workshop titled "Take Charge" by Jimi Tewe [an amazing inspirational speaker, corporate trainer & career success catalyst] while on his CareerShift USA tour. He spoke about so many things that blew my mind away...and one of those things that turned a light bulb on in my head--time management & prioritizing. I pride myself on being great at planning--I have my days planned down to what time I eat each meal and snack. But his insight on the topic shed a brand new light.
After listening to Jimi talk about re-evaluating your priorities at the workshop, I decided to look at how I spend my day and was surprisingly able to identify a couple of hours that go to waste. Since then, I have made some adjustments to my schedule. My first adjustment was deciding to go to the gym in the morning rather than the evening. As trivial as this sounds, what it did was help me allocate time that I previously could not account for in the morning and free up time in the evening to do the things that will change my life and business. Another block of hours that I could not account for were hours I ended up spending in front of the tv. As a result, I've been getting used to not turning the tv on and picking up my laptop instead.
When life gets too busy, there are certain things that tend to take the back burner. A very common one is our image [the primping and polishing that goes into the way we look]. If you can identify with this, here are some tips that may come in handy:
Hire a professional!
Life can give us justifiable reasons why we can't do certain things such as shop for clothing or different items, update our wardrobe or prepare an outfit for an upcoming event. In such cases, its pretty simple! Hire someone who does have the time and free up your mind and schedule for more important things.
Use the essentials [women]
When it comes to make-up, trying to do "the works" on a daily basis can be time-consuming. And if you're already struggling to even include make-up at all in your schedule, my advice to you is to use the essentials: foundation & powder, blush/bronzer, mascara, eye liner, brow liner and top it off with a lip stick/lip gloss. With these, you can achieve a finished look in a fraction of the time. And the good thing is, the more you get used to doing it, the faster you'll be able to execute it.