We are all juggling lots of things so I want to know what you do to make it all happen.
I remember when I was pregnant one of my girlfriends, Kim Killgore, told me that I might get forgetful so to put everything down in a list and then put all of my energy into remembering where the list was! Well, I will say that advice has served me well over the years and is still something I live by today.
One thing I have figured out is that I am not a good multi tasker. Doing multiple things at a time is not something I excel at and whenever I do try it, I come away feeling frustrated that I didn’t enjoy what I was doing or didn’t do it very well. This is where the lists come in, because inevitably when I am home playing with the boys I have an infinite number of work things pop into my head. People to call, things to follow up on, etc. I keep a note pad by my phone and just continuously jot the thoughts down as they come up. It allows me to get back to what I was doing without worrying about forgetting anything and then serves as my to do list when I get into the office in the morning.
Admittedly organization is not my strong suit, but I have found that systems really do make a huge difference for me in terms of how effective I am with accomplishing my goals and staying on track. Each Monday I sit down and plan my week.
- Who do I want to connect with
- Who do I want to follow up with from last week
- Who do I want to connect with and have lunch, coffee, etc
- Who has a real estate need and what can I do this week to connect with them and add value and help them with their real estate needs
- What are our family commitments for the week
- When are Gary and I going to get time to spend together
- What am I going to do for myself this week
I do resist doing these things at times, but I find that the weeks I spend time on Monday morning to do this, the impact on my week is huge. Not only that, but by focusing on one thing at a time I find that I can accomplish things much faster which frees up time in the end.
I have lots of different systems that I use to stay focused that are color coded and keep me excited. If you are struggling with things send me an email at Nicole@theninjamoms and I am happy to send you samples for you to use as you choose.