For a long time (somewhere on the order of 31 years...) I’ve felt like I live in a constant state of overwhelm. Even when I’m exercising my right to say no, my high aspirations, big dreams, and general interest in learning and experimentation, I still say yes more often than I say no. This can make managing my schedule pretty challenging and has led to many late nights and long weekends STILL working, connecting, dreaming. Until...
I realized I was falling back into the same old cycle that burnt me out before
I recognized what my true priorities are (and they just so happen to NOT include
I learned the hard way that Rome wasn’t built in a day (or a week, or a month)
I acknowledged that I couldn’t possibly work with women to help them tackle overwhelm until I got a handle on my own.
So, I spent a lot of time reading, learning, planning, failing, re-imagining, and tweaking until I found a system that worked for me – without fail. And that system includes a little one-page wonder I affectionately and super-creatively call my Weekly Tracking Worksheet. This is, hands down, the best tool I've found to combat overwhelm.
The key elements of the tracker include:
- The Daily Top 3: These are the three – ALWAYS only 3 - MUST DO important, but not urgent (refer to the Time Matrix video for more info), activities that I must complete that day
- Separate line items for PLAY with family and friends, FITness, SELF-care, and a daily PUSH goal (note: These are sometimes empty depending on the day, but they remind me to schedule this stuff)
- Space for reflection (I try to review and re-plan for 10 minutes at the end of every day)
- Keeping my priorities and big goals front and center
To get the worksheet, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a copy.