Updated: Sep 18
Discover the right time of day to work for you, so you can channel your daily energy at the right time and be more motivated.
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I hope everyone's past week was full of grace. I worked on allowing myself some grace, and boy did I need it. We went camping and I can't tell you how many things we forgot to pack or times when I felt helpless. (Reminder, don't forget the maple syrup when you plan on having pancakes for breakfast, especially when said pancakes get burnt).
I took three books with me camping with plans on reading as much as possible. The books were: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (Yes I am still reading this book and no I have not finished it yet. More about this in a moment), Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham, and Choose: The Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your Business, by Ryan Levesque. My plan was to finish The Alchemist and start in on the other two books. Unfortunately, I forgot how much work camping can be, especially with little ones. Needless to say, I didn't get much reading done, but I still had fun.
I did enjoy my daughter reading to me though. We have been reading the Warrior Cat Series together. We just finished the first arc and are reading Yellowfang's Secret, by Erin Hunter right now. My daughter is a huge Warriors' fan, and reading these books has provided me a way to relate to her.
Lately, I have felt very unproductive, hence the fact that I have yet to finish The Alchemist. Looking back, I have not been utilizing my time efficiently. There have been too many wasted minutes or hours on Facebook, email, or just mindlessly browsing on my phone. To help me reset my mind, I started the eCourse, Work by Design created by Claire Diaz-Ortiz. This course was designed to teach students how to work smarter by clarifying their purpose and maximizing their productivity. As a bonus, she provides access to two of her short ebooks, The Do Less Method and The Power of Working by Design.
I just finished reading The Power of Working by Design. It was a short read, only 39 pages. Despite being a short book, I gained a lot of pointers from it. Claire teaches the importance of discovering the right time of day to work, so you can channel your daily energy at the right time. You need to find the time that you will be most efficient in getting tasks down. As soon as you know what time of day you are most efficient in getting different jobs done, focus on performing those jobs at that specific time. You will consistently get more done.
My Motivational Monday Message for you this week is to find your best time of the day to tackle specific tasks and focus on doing them at those times. By doing this, you will be able to channel your daily energy and be more motivated to work. It will actually help you feel energized because you are doing things when your body and mind want to do them, not trying to force it.
Here are a couple of examples. First example, exercising. For me I am more likely to exercise first thing in the morning. If I don't do it then, I will talk myself out of it. Second example, cleaning. For some reason, I struggle cleaning in the afternoon. I don't know why, but if I try and tackle any type of cleaning in the afternoon, I don't get very far. However, if I do it in the morning, I get a lot accomplished.
It is important to know the time of day you are best at getting things done and then focus on doing those tasks during that time. I am paying more attention to my different projects and trying to figure out my most productive time of day for them.
This is just one of many of the takeaways I have from reading this ebook.
Motivational Monday Pick
In this book, Clarie combines her teachings from The Do Less Method and The Power of Working by Design to teach you how to achieve your goals in less time. She teaches the importance of brainstorming and knowing your "why" for doing things to help you be more effective in your projects. You will learn how to determining where to focus your efforts based on priorities, core competencies, and enjoyment.
The book is broken into two parts. The first section of the book teaches you how to decide what to do and how to organize your work. The second part of the book teaches you the importance of limits, editing, streamlining, and know when to stop and take breaks.
This is a short book packed with simple yet effective strategies that will help you learn how to get more done and still have time to enjoy what you want. She uses an 80/20 rule by stating that we achieve 80% of our best work in 20% of our time. She will teach you how to maximize that 20% to its fullest, so you can focus on what is most important during peak work time. One of her tips is to avoid mindless tasks such as going through email during your productive time of the day. Save it for times when you are more fatigued. This way you can save your energy for the hardest and most crucial tasks when you have the most energy.
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Participating in the Book Bingo Reading Challenge, Design Your Day, would be a great read for the self-help category. Don't forget to share what your are reading in the comments below or on my Facebook page, use the hashtag #feedmereadingchallenge