A couple of months ago, late on a Sunday afternoon, I was on my FOURTH load of laundry when I realized that our weekends had turned into a never-ending cycle of detergent, fabric softener, transfers to the dryer, and attacking piles of clothes with my anal need to fold everything neatly. (My past as a Banana Republic employee rears its ugly head any time a pile of shirts is involved.)
The next week, I instituted a new routine to curb the laundry craziness. Each weekday morning, I put on the coffee and immediately head to the hamper to do a load of laundry. I limit myself to ONE load each day.
Where our hamper used to look like Vesuvius every weekend, it's now pretty empty--and we have all those precious weekend hours back.
I think we tend to turn our noses up at the word "routine," equating it with "boring." But it's not so! Routines actually help you to create more space to enjoy your life. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to get you started:
- Place the things you do on a regular basis on a schedule. This has helped us tremendously! By taking the guesswork out of when we'll post to social media, our blog, and when we'll send you emails, we're freed up to focus on the IDEAS we want to share.
- Put EVERYTHING into your calendar. Maggie's advice works wonders for keeping us on track. If you missed the email we sent you on Tuesday, go back and check it out.
- Work in 90 minute cycles. Psychologists have discovered that people canonly focus on tasks for about 90 minutes at a time. This explains why we're prone to falling into the social media vortex after working for awhile. Instead of attempting to push through, go for a walk, do some meditation, or do a quick YouTube workout. We swear you'll come back more refreshed and efficient.
- Stop, evaluate and listen! (Aw yeah, that's a Vanilla Ice reference for your Thursday.) Several of you mentioned that you start systems and then you can't quite seem to stick to them. It could be because you're so busy doing that you have no idea what's working. At the beginning of each week, take a look back at the systems you're using and evaluate whether or not they're actually helping. The real change comes when you pay attention to what's making it possible for you to enjoy your day-to-day life, rather than just getting through it.
We're constantly being reminded to be present, but that idea is empty if you're too rushed to focus on anything. Hopefully, these ideas will help you to get just as much done while enjoying your days--even the weekdays!--more.
Next week, we're setting you up with the smartest way to achieve your goals.
Big hugs--because you're awesome,
Joy, Melissa, and The Hello Sessions Team