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Set Your Priorities
Either you run the day or the day runs you
This isn't about learning how to fill your calendar...this is about reducing overwhelm and stress associated with disorganization. If you don't know what you're spending your time on and you're not intentional about what you're doing throughout the day, you'll feel stuck.
The first thing to do is to identify your priorities. These are the most important areas of your life that take precedent over anything else in this season of your life. This will change from time-to-time and you'll be able to make adjustments as needed.
Take a moment to pause here. You are drawing a line in the sand and defining what's most important to you at this moment which will specify what you do daily moving forward.
You cannot change what you do not measure. This is where we have to be real with ourselves. Take a few days to track what you're spending time on. Write down what your current schedule is like. The best way to do this is to carry a note pad or type on your phone what it is you're doing throughout the day.
For example: 10pm-5am Sleep, 5-5:30am drink coffee/read emails, 5:30-6am shower/get ready, and so on.
You will have a clearer picture of what you need to stop doing and what you need to start doing.
Now that you have defined your priorities and cleaned up your current schedule you can move on to create your new schedule.
You can do this in many different ways. I use Google Calendar since I can share it with others. I will create a weekly plan on Sundays and I use it as a birds-eye view of the upcoming week. Then, I plan out my day in detail every morning.
Remember, this will take some getting used to but the results will help you manage your time so YOU are in control.