With the start of the new year comes endless possibilities, and the need for a new planner. I was gifted this new year, new you bundle in exchange for my review and it has already been so helpful in helping me set goals and manage my time.
If you’re anything like me, new planners, stationary or anything pretty probably excites you. I was so amazed at how thoughtfully the planner was laid out, and how insanely detailed it was. Everything from vacations, holiday menus, goals, projects, finances, medical expenses, charitable donations and budgets can be carefully planned out. It makes it almost too easy to be organized.
Start Balancing is not only inspiring, but it also give you actionable steps to make your goals a reality. It’s so informative and well-written, and of course the layout is beautiful.
Both the planner and book have been instrumental in my year starting off with a bang. They have really motivated me to make 2018 an amazing year. As a full-time working mom and wife, my time is valuable to me. I’ve implemented a few things to help with time management and efficiency recently so I thought I would share!
Maybe some of you are already hip to this one, but podcasts have been a GAME CHANGER for me. One of my goals is to make the most of my time, and listening to podcasts has been so beneficial in helping me to maximize my time during my commute to and from work. It’s so easy to find podcasts on ANY topic you’re interested in, and it’s such a great way to expand your knowledge base. You can listen to them while you’re driving, cooking or at the gym.
2. Lunch time Hustle
It’s pretty difficult to work on my blog or other social media stuff after I get home from work, since it’s usually time to make dinner, bathe Gray and get ready for the next day. In order to spend as much time as I can with him and my hubby, I started working on my blog posts during my 30 minute lunch break. If you’re a SAHM that might mean hustling while your child is napping or waking up before they’re up to get it done. It’s amazing how much moms can get done when they have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. I could also wake up super early to work on whatever I need to, but I like sleep so…
3. Plan Plan Plan
By nature I’m more of a wing it type of gal, but now that I’m a busy mom I don’t really have the luxury of winging it. I have a serious case of mom brain, so I basically have to write everything down or I’ll forget it. My life consists of endless to-do lists and plans that keep me on track. This year I’ve set several goals for myself and my family that are both big and small. I’ve found it so helpful to not only have goals, but also check lists that include steps on how I plan to achieve them.
4. Organize EVERYTHING
I’ve started to realize that the more organized things like the house, my car and our day-to-day schedules are, the more things seem to fall into place. This also goes along with my 2018 goal to purge ourselves of a lot of our possessions to help clear our minds. This might mean setting out our outfits the night before, making sure both my and Gray’s lunches and snacks are packed, and keeping the house organized. I even have a schedule for most of my social media posts.
Scheduling and planning may not be the most fun activities, but they help everything run more smoothly, reduce stress and increase your odds for success.
What are some of your favorite time management tools that maximize your hustle?
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