By the time Friday afternoon rolls around, I feel like I've hit a wall. My focus starts to go onto other things like baking, sewing, house shopping, hiking, getting the garden ready....anything but business-related tasks. Though I'd LOVE to dive into these more meditative projects, there is an endless list of things I need to address for my company. Apparently, we're supposed to work until 5 pm, AT LEAST, if we want to advance our careers. Or so we are told in "Lean In" according to Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook. But, all I want to lean into are the red forest cupcakes that I'm dying to make!...
Honestly, I don't think we need to work unreasonable hours to succeed. I believe you can excel and live a grand life by maximizing productivity in shorter hours and enjoying life a lot! I'm all about finding ways to advance your career without having to become a zombie due to all the work you've piled onto yourself. I must say, I am so guilty of being a zombie, it's not even funny. (Stay tuned for my next article on how NOT to become a zombie due to work.) That's why I want to share with you some pretty fantastic things I've figured out.
During some of my most famous zombie moments, I think to myself, "This is ridiculous! Why am I up so freakin' late and working so freakin' hard?" I knew I needed to get organized so that I was working smarter rather than harder. I am a hard worker so I tend not to pay attention when I am barreling through. Thankfully, I did stop to ask myself this recently and decided to make some changes that would allow me to work smarter rather than work harder, and therefore fewer hours. One way to do that is to get organized.
Friday afternoon is now my "get organized for next week" time. Around 2 or 3 pm, I stop what I am doing, look at my project management dashboard, my to-do list, and calendar for the coming week. Then I get super organized around priority work for my business and my clients. I analyze upcoming calendar appointments as well as all of my to-dos to make sure I can accomplish everything within the allotted time, shifting things to the following week if they don't fit in. I go through my project management dashboard, make notes on events, clients, calls, tasks that need to be delegated... Then I make a list for my own self-care and schedule it right into my calendar.
I find this dedication to time management helps me tackle my upcoming week, allowing me to feel good about spending an extra hour in bed catching up on my sleep. I can more easily pull away from work on a Friday and lean, instead, into my weekend.
I want to hear from you. What do you do to prepare for your upcoming week? How do you "lean" into your weekend? Leave a comment below!
To your Illumination!