On a regular basis, I remind my woman breadwinner clients to do three things:
1) Create joy by creating time
2) Create time by delegating tasks
3) Delegate tasks by creating rituals, schedules, and routines that offer both efficiency AND fun
Each client is different and we’ll do that in a different way. However, one of the core things I say often is: “Don’t get sidetracked during your day!” Don’t… as in don’t get sucked into going to Wal-Mart to spend $5.00 and come out having spent 2 hours and $300.00. Don’t meet your friend for a cup of coffee when you know you deserve some ME time, thinking it will be 30 minutes and wind up going to JoAnne’s Fabrics with her and helping her pick out new curtain prints for three hours. Don’t decide to do a mini-clean up of the house for 15 minutes and, three hours later, feel further behind in work and more pissed off at family than you needed to be if you’d just left the living room messy. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
And so what do I do this morning?
Drop the kids off at school thinking, “I’ll just run to Ralphs and pick up a few groceries… Quick stop.” Uh huh… A Ralphs, Starbucks, put gas-in-the-car because the car was on E, lug groceries in the door hour later, I’m home with coffee, groceries, and gas but I just lost an hour of my life that could’ve been used elsewhere… Yes, I’m lecturing myself right now.
Efficiency creates time and time creates space and space creates a life you love to look at. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
And when you mess up, like I did today, sip your Americano, write a blog post, and begin again 🙂
Thank God for Starbucks!