Oh y’all! I have learn quite a bit in this crazy season I’m in right now! Let me explain…I majorly over-scheduled myself this fall. Like slightly crazy! Plus I also had a random health issue spring up that was majorly annoying and affected my “hustle” ability a bit and then I got sick too!
So it’s kinda one of those “God has an awesome sense of humor” things when I realized I had scheduled this time & automation Skillshare class for October (and hopefully an “outsourcing” 2.0 version coming soon too!) It was fitting, and to be honest, I so badly needed to refresh my schedule, expectations (oh y’all, that’s the HARDEST!) and my systems!
So I’ve reorganized a bunch of stuff, I’ve fallen 1000% in love with Evernote for both biz & life organization. I feel like my brain finally isn’t drowning in mental lists! ha! (And yes, I’m still using my bullet journal/DIY planner and Powersheets too, just not everyday.)
And as I said in the challenge FB group yesterday – I’ve had to get brutally honest with myself in this season! And that’s not fun! I’m in a super busy season for work, and then November and December are just back to back to back holidays (starting with my bday, about 40 other family & friend bdays, then Thanksgiving & all the crazy Christmas stuff!) phew…
But here’s the thing…God has also asked me to rest in this season too. Which at first made NO freakin’ sense to me! But then I prayed on it for a few days. I looked at how I was spending my time. What are the things I’d really like to be doing in both work & life that I wish I had time for? What are the things that are actually draining me? Etc. (More evaluation resources & questions are in the Skillshare class notes!)
I got honest. Pinterest was zapping my energy…it was actually draining me 90% of the time, and useful or a vision casting tool only 10% of the time. Youtube, it’s become a time suck for me again, about 90% of the time! I go on to set up some music for work and get sucked into vlogs, animal videos or “pack light” videos (even though we do not have any real travel on the calendar right now. Hopefully soon, but still!)
So I’ve found ways to cut down on those. I use the “Strick workflow” Chrome extension to help block those out at certain times. I may also re-download LeechBlock or something similar to help me keep it to only a few minutes a day, etc. Right now with Pinterest I’ve just logged out except for the 1-2 times a week I need to log in to check work things. I’m also using the News Feed Eradicator extension for FB! Helps SO much so I’m not clicking on 1000 random crap articles each day when I log in to check messages and ads, thank goodness!
Here’s how I’m making up for these things – IFTTT and Buffer app are my ways to be on Pinterest without actually wasting time! I’m not opening a new tab to repin this blog post and then getting sucked into a black hole of DIY’s or recipes I’m NEVER going to make! haha! #reallifehere
And I’ve also reworked my VA’s tasks to include more things that drain my time like social media. She’ll check in and let me know if there’s something I really need to log in and address instead of me always feeling like there “may” be something, so I check ALL.the.time!
And oddly enough, my “office hours” have changed too. Normally I am 10-5ish, sometimes more like 9-4 or whatever depending on the season and hubbys work schedule. Yet in this season I clearly felt God tell me to have a 1-4 strict office hours each day, and all other hours were ‘bonus’ hours. And yet it’s my busiest two months I’ve had in probably 3 years?! Yup! To be blunt, I’m not super happy about it. I’m not exactly excited that I have to be disciplined in allowing mornings to be for rest or learning, even taking a nap! (Which with this awful cold I’m had the last week, I needed!)
It’s not exactly “ideal” and I’ve been a little whiny about it! #reallife
BUT – I can see the fruit in it already after only about 2-3 weeks being fairly strict with it. During my office hours, yes it’s still kinda easy to get distracted. Puppy + internet + living on main street makes it iffy! But I’m also naturally pretty good and hyper focusing for short periods of time. I think it’s my ADD but it’s really a blessing. I can typically get SO focused sometimes (like once every other week) I can get an entire to do list done in one hour! Really! It’s not everyday that happens and I’ll leave that work time feeling both high on speed and like I got hit by a truck! ha! I leave it ALL on the desk. But pretty much every day I can get into a similar “hyper focus” state where I can be really in the zone for 2-3 hours and get a ton done!
So no, this isn’t exactly ideal but it’s becoming a pretty good “training” ground for helping me get into that hyper focus zone and staying in it longer. Maybe that’s part of God’s reasonings! Probably! But it’s also been a huge blessing to feel more “off the hook” in the mornings, I know I’m incredibly blessed to work from home and have the family finances to have this type of flexibility. But it’s also been really important for my health & healing. Plus puppy training has had a good boost because I feel like I can take extra time for Mia in the mornings. Win-win-win!
So for you today love, take the time to get honest about the season you’re in right now. What season are you leaving? And what season may prayerfully be ahead of you? Also seriously evaluation how you spend your time right now…are the things filling up your cup? Are they actually moving the needle forward in your business? Etc. I definitely suggest going through the full Investigate & Evaluate steps in the Skillshare class to get a really good look at how your days are going, but these few questions can be a big help too.
I hope this helps you today love! I know this process has been a life saver for me over the last few years I’ve been implementing the “time investigation” stuff quarterly (ish), so I hope it will be for you too!
with love & blessings,