5 Professional Cleaning Hacks to Save You Time and Money

5 Professional Cleaning Hacks to Save You Time & Money

Cleaning is always a task that takes ample amounts of time. Cleaning has always been a favorite pass time of mine personally, but I always HATE how much time it uses up in my day.

Today I’m going to give you my 5 favorite professional cleaning hacks to save you time and the job done that much faster 😊

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In my younger days I worked as a professional cleaner. I loved it and loved the way we were taught to glide easily through our jobs leaving it immaculate as we went!

I have adopted the methods that they taught us through my motherhood and constant cleaning tasks! I hope you find something here you can use in your daily tasks as well!

Do you ever day dream of hiring help to whip around your house? Getting it sparkling clean and smelling amazing all in the hour you hired them to do it seems like a miracle! Your house could be professionally; dusted, straightened, shined, vacuumed, mopped, swiped and wiped!

 

5 Professional Cleaning Hacks to Save You Time

 

However; rather than pay for someone to be cleaning your house while you get other things done, here are some ways the professionals are able to save so much time while getting a house squeaky clean!

 

Here are my 5 awesome professional cleaning hacks to save you time AND get the same results as the professionals!

 

  1. Pre-treat

No matter what it is, if you want to save time the secret key all the cleaning fairies are using is “pre-treating.” It could be a pot, pan, tub, or even window sill, if it is an above average grimy job, pre-treat it. This is key for the kitchen as well.

  1. Dry It Out

Ever notice how amazingly perfect hotel bathrooms are? They are fresh, crisp, and above all DRY. This is key for a perfectly clean home. When in doubt, dry it out. This goes for towels, bath mats, and slip mats, scrub brushes, wash cloths, anything that could be damp and gathering bacteria.

 

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  1. Divide and Conquer

This one is my secret sauce, and one the professionals use every day. They start in a room picking one task and finishing it until it is perfect. Say for instance the bed. They strip, refresh, make and perfect the bed. They don’t strip the bed, bring the laundry to the laundry room, throw in a load, and then head to the bathroom to start on the toilet.

They do one task till it is perfect. This will help you in the long run because in a matter of minutes if you keep to a task till it’s finished you will find your job completed and perfect. If you don’t know where to begin think of your room like a clock, start at 12 o’clock and work your way around 😉

 

  1. Figure Out Your Goal

I am a perfectionist. But some days perfect just isn’t in the cards. That doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty darn good though. By knowing your schedule and prioritizing your day you know how much time you have to get certain things done well. Find your “perfect” for the day. It will look different each day.

 

  1. Remove Before Cleaning

This is one I’m not too great at. I like to just get in and start the job. But just like painting sometimes tasks need a little “prep.” If you are painting a room you need to sand, tape edges, and lay drop cloths. Same with cleaning sometimes.

If you’re cleaning an oven remove the racks, if you’re cleaning a stain soak up as much as possible, and vacuum sand and dirt before scrubbing the stain. Keep in mind in all cleaning situations your best bet is always to remove as much as possible before you begin. This can go for counters, bathrooms, and tables as well.

 

There ya’ have it! These 5 simple hacks are going to save you so much time and energy! So next time you start to clean you home just remember:

 

  • PRE-TREAT

  • DRY IT OUT

  • DIVIDE AND CONQUER

  • FIGURE OUT YOUR GOAL

  • REMOVE BEFORE CLEANING

 

If you have any cleaning hacks that you love using I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

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7 Laundry Hacks You Have to Try to Save Tons of Time and Money

You’ve gotten the motivation to get the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, the bathrooms are disinfected, and the floors are swept and even possibly mopped! Well done! But there’s still that one looming chore. The never ending monster in your home….Laundry.

Somehow it has to get done. So, to help you out in this constant chore and pain in the rump, here are 8 super time efficient and frugal ways to help you hack that laundry and get things done!

 

7 Laundry Hacks You Have to Try to Save Tons of Time and Money:

1. GET YELLOW PIT STAINS OUT WITH LEMON JUICE

8 Laundry Hacks You Have to Try to Save Tons of Time and Money

Most people think those yellow stains are sweat stains. That’s actually not true. The yellow tint you see around the arm pit area is actually a deodorant stain. Pour some lemon juice on the stained area and let it sit overnight. Your white t-shirts will look good as new in the morning!

 

2. USE MULTIPLE HAMPERS TO SORT CLOTHES

8 Laundry Hacks You Have to Try to Save Tons of Time and Money

 

Using multiple hampers keep your clothes off the floor and sorted in color and fabric category. You can find hampers at the dollar store. This saves a TON of time and frustration with sorting!

 

3. PUT SOCKS IN A LINGERIE BAG

By putting socks in a lingerie bag sorting socks has never been easier! The 2 socks you put in never get lost in the laundry! Holy Cow!!! NO MORE SORTING SOCKS AND MISSING EVERY OTHER ONE!!!!! Just grab the bag out of the pile and put the socks together! No mess, no hassle!

 

4. USE WHITE VINEGAR TO GET OUT MILDEW AND STENCH

You know that smell in your wash cloths and occasionally your towels? Yeah that one! It’s horrible, and sometimes super stubborn and hard to get out. I have friends who have rewashed the same things several times to get the smell out! Waste of time and money! Do this instead; throw about a cup of white vinegar into your wash or even into your fabric softener it will kill that musky and mildew smell instantly!!! Check out these other great uses for vinegar:

5. USE HAIRSPRAY FOR INK STAINS

I have vivid memories of standing next to my mother as a young child, pen still in hand as she sprayed the white leather couch with hairspray to get out the ink rendering I had just created(I was an artist) 😋. This doesn’t just work for leather! You can spray clothes as well. Let them set after spraying to effortlessly lift the ink out. If you have little “artists” in your home like I do, this is a total life saver!

 

6. SALT KEEPS YOUR CLOTHES FROM BLEEDING COLORS

8 Laundry Hacks You Have to Try to Save Tons of Time and MoneyOver time all clothes start to fade and loose their vibrancy. Slow or stop the process by adding a pinch of salt to your load right before rinsing. This gives life to your clothes again and prevent them from bleeding colors.

 

7. USE DAWN DISH SOAP FOR GREASE STAINS

Dawn dish soap has been known to rescue animals from the oil spills in the ocean and clean the dirtiest messes in the kitchen. Add a drop to the grease splatters on your clothes! It works like a charm and your clothes will have no more grease!

Bonus: USE BAKING SODA AND WHITE VINEGAR TO CLEAN YOUR WASHER

The thought of needing to clean your washer that washes seems strange, but everything needs a wash every now and again. Use a cup of baking soda and ½ quart of vinegar to your washer on the highest heat and let sit for an hour. This will disinfect and remove scum and soap build up.

So, there are the greatest laundry hacks you have to try to save tons of time and money! You’ll enjoy the extra time and money you have after implementing these great hacks! It has changed my dreaded laundry experience to a….less dreaded experience! J

It’s always so helpful to learn new and awesome hacks you had never thought of to make hard jobs easier! I would LOVE to learn more! If you have a trick you use to help you try to save tons of time and money please email me or leave them in the comments below!

HOW TO BECOME A MORNING PERSON AND LOVE IT

HOW TO BECOME A MORNING PERSON AND LOVE IT

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In the bible, it says David woke up early the day he slayed Goliath. Think about that. Think about the reason why it was even needed to be said that he woke up early.

You won’t slay your giants hitting the snooze button and lying in bed!

We all have giants. Some are so overwhelming we can’t think about them. Some we’ve put in closets with bolt locks and almost forgotten about them. Others have been on our to-do lists for weeks, possibly months. Moving them from one list to the next. But for some reason, reasons we may not even be able to answer, we don’t have the gumption to make ourselves overcome those giants.

I like to believe that anyone can become a morning person. In a world structured around people who wake up early it is not only a good idea, but a necessity.

Waking up is one of the hardest habits to cultivate. Done slowly and intentionally it can be done your own way and at your own pace.

Here’s how my typical morning used to go. The night before I would crawl into bed, grab my phone and set the alarm for 4:30, excited and motivated that I was going to get up early and get stuff done! I was going to work out, have coffee, meditate and pray all before anyone else in my house (5 kids and 1 husband) woke up.  The next morning dawned bright and early, and the most painful annoying sound to my ears (the cute ringtone I had liked the night before) disturbed my soul like an unexpected fire alarm. I quickly smashed the snooze button with my thumb. Looked at the ridiculously early time on my phone. Furious that it woke me, and completely annoyed with myself for being so ridiculous as to have set it for that time in the first place. There were no kids up, why in the world would I crawl out of my warm cocoon to work out?!! Just 5 more minutes!!

We seem to think as soon as our alarm goes off in the morning we will jump out of bed like Superman jumping out of a phone booth ready to conquer life challenges. This is never the case and it never will be. It isn’t just because you lack the drive. I heard once that a sleep deprived body acts similarly to an intoxicated one. This means that simply waking up early isn’t necessarily an option. To become a morning person and love it; you MUST create a routine and here’s how:

1. Find Out How Much Sleep Your Body Needs:

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Benjamin Franklin

No matter how hard you try you will not be able to go from waking up at 9 am to 4:30 or 5 every morning. This will only leave you exhausted. If you don’t know how much sleep you need already, experiment for a few days. I am an advocate for slow and steady change. I don’t ever like to be imposed upon, or at all uncomfortable! 😊

I like to take things slowly, change things gradually as to almost not notice that I have changed at all.

Being a Rebel, as I found out from a quiz I took by Gretchen Rubin, called the 4 Tendencies Quiz, helped me figure out how to be more productive.  I now know that this is who I am and to stop fighting it.  Figure out how much sleep is too much, and how much leaves you feeling energized. Be consistent. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.

2. Find a Reason:

Let’s be honest. You aren’t going to wake up tomorrow morning bright eyes and bushy tailed just because you came across my post.

You must have a reason.

A drive for getting your body out of that warm and comfortable bed. When it is dark and cold outside you must have a real motivation for getting up. Set an intention the night before for exactly what it is that you want to achieve by waking up early.

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Is it exercise? Journaling? Being creative? Getting organized before the storm of children crawl out of bed? Find your reason for wanting to get a head start with your day.

By making a to-do check list the evening before, you set a concrete intention of what you would like to accomplish when you have gotten up. Learning how to be a Time Ninja and prioritize helps you figure out WHY you want to start adding more hours to your day. Put check marks next to each task so that when you’ve accomplished them you get the satisfaction of putting that fantastic little  next to it. (That’s my favorite part!) 😊

3. You Need to Start Hydrating

The third way to become a morning person and love it is to get hydrated! When you wake up, you have been in a sedated state for at least 8 hours, so the first thing you need to do is hydrate. Go straight to the kitchen and make yourself a lemon water and start the coffee pot or tea kettle. This way you are waking up your brain, your stomach, and your liver and kidneys. By waking up your internal organs you are more likely to clear your mind and be able to start to make good decisions and choices.

4. Optimize Your Sleeping Environment

It’s time to shut off the screens. Do this about 1 hour before you lay down and shut the lights off. It is essential to shut off TV’s computers, laptops, iPads, kindles, and smart phones. The blue light from these devices drain your natural melatonin leaving you exhausted yet unable to sleep. The best thing to do before you fall asleep is read an actual book. Especially a self-help book as it will condition your brain for success even as you fall to sleep). If the last thing your brain was thinking about was improvement, your subconscious brain will dwell on that all night.

Get a white noise maker. This could be a fan or you can purchase a White Noise Maker. This is the best ones I’ve found so far, and I like that I can pack it and bring it where ever I go.

 

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This is extremely beneficial for falling asleep as it helps drown out annoying sounds outside or in your home and it helps to relax your brain as it is hearing the same sound over and over. The white noise machine gives off the same sounds as a fan without the chilly breeze. I personally can’t sleep without one. The silence makes my ears ring!

Make the room COMPLETELY DARK. It is also essential that you darken the room as much as you possible can. You can purchase Darkening Drapes that help block out street lights or full moons. Or you can put a towel behind your existing drapes to help with this as well. Also remove any TV’s or fish tanks from your room.

5. Dress Warm

Most people dress in very little when going to sleep. Boxer shorts and a tank top or camisole are very common. This makes getting out of bed a torturous task. To become a morning person and love it; dress warm with long sleeves, and pants when going to bed. Have less covers if you tend to sleep on the warm side. But when it is time to throw the covers off and rise and shine you won’t feel so prone to getting warm and cozy again. This results in you drifting back to sleep!

If this repulses you because you are a naturally warm sleeper like my husband, then lay out your robe and slippers next to the bed. Because even if you are a warm sleeper you won’t want to get out of that cozy bed in the early morning hours.

6. Gradual Change

I said it before, but I think it’s worth reiterating! I can’t stand drastic abrupt change. I truly believe that real change comes from slow and small changes to build new habits.

I found that moving my bedtime and rise time slowly back by 15 or 30-minute increments I didn’t feel the change as drastically. I actually enjoyed the process and WANTED to get up earlier!! I also found my body waking up before my alarm because I had taken the time to go to bed just as early just as many hours I was waking up, allowing myself the rest I needed.

 

In conclusion, to become a morning person and love it takes intentionality and a thought out plan, but it doesn’t have to be bad! Look I get it. No one wants to get up early after a long hard day just to start another hard day. Yet there seems to be a theme in the lives of successful men and woman. A theme of self-sacrifice for the betterment of themselves. They worked hard to better themselves, so they could make the greatest difference in the lives of those they touched.

Getting up early seems arbitrary, and yet it holds a significant importance. When you can rise before the rest of the world you can accomplish more than the rest of the world.

Good Luck!!! 😀How to become a Morning Person and love it

9 Side hustles you can do from your bed

9 Side Hustles You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Bed

Let’s talk about some side-hustles that you can do from the comfort of your own bed.

We feel at The Willow Brook Life that not having a side-income is one of the biggest financial mistakes that you can make.

Having a side-hustle from the comfort of your own home is the dream isn’t it?

Being able to be at home after your 9-5, working on something that interests you or something you have a passion for. These are things that make a side-hustle a fun and interesting way to make an extra income. The freedom and power it gives you of taking control and working for your goals is exciting!

Paying off debt and/or saving for something can be a daunting task; especially when you feel maxed out in your budged. Believe me I’ve been there. People often feel that having a side-income would mean never seeing their family or having a life at all. They might think it is too hard, or they don’t want to learn a whole new line of work. They feel that they don’t want to go to another “job”. This is why it is important to find a side-hustle you can do from the comfort of your own bed, or at least your own home!

 

Having a side-income is one of the most fantastic ways of getting out of debt faster AND adding more room to the BUDGET!!! All good things right?! Check out how we cut our monthly grocery bill in HALF and added some fuel to our budget!

 

We have always believed strongly in spending quality time with our family and having more time to live than to work. We believe in spending time with your children and loved ones far more than at the office. I think most people feel this way. But we also believe strongly that a debt-free and financially abundant life are essential to happy living!

 

What better way to achieve all of these things quicker than by having a good side-hustle?

Having a side-hustle that ANYONE can do from ANYWHERE is the goal today.

We’ve picked 9 basic side-incomes that we would like to share with you. They tap into different skill sets, are really flexible to your schedules and abilities, and they are something you can do just a couple hours a month if you want! But the key is that they are side hustles you can do FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR BED!!

 

Side-Hustles You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Bed!

 

So without further ado, here are 9 SIDE HUSTLES YOU CAN DO FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR BED:

  1. Customer Service Rep

    Now that Millennials have come into the work force things have drastically changed with how much “virtual” work gets done. Customer service is a field where more and more representatives are being allowed to work out their own schedules and work from home.

There are agencies like Live Ops which will pair you with a company if they approve you to be a part of their system. Or you can apply online at the specific companies that you would like to work for and apply at their direct site looking specifically for “work from home” reps. You would be surprised how many companies are doing this in large quantities. This makes for a perfect job while the kids are at school or if they still go to bed early! 😊

 

  1. Review Websites, Apps, & Programs

    This is something I recently came in contact with and was surprised that it was a real money making option! I had my website reviewed by a site called User Testing. The experience was fun! I gave my information and within 20 minutes someone had a voice recorded video in my inbox of their first impression review of my site. This is a fun, super quick and easy way to make extra money and you never have to get out of bed for this one too! Other websites are User Feel and User Lytics.

 

  1. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants do everything from making calls, setting up meetings, emailing and tedious tasks that busy business owners or managers are looking to outsource for their busy days. There are A LOT of agencies that will hook you up with people who are looking for virtual assistances. These can be great ways to stay in your comfy pj’s sip some coffee and never leave your cozy bed all while scheduling appointments and responding to emails! It’s like having a hygge moment while actually getting paid!

 

  1. Copywriter

If you are someone who really enjoys the English language, you’re great at writing essays, articles or even just a great reader you might be someone who would really love a copywriting gig.

It’s super easy to set up an online portfolio. You can go to places like Contently where clients come and find you and you can seek out freelance jobs.

Side-Hustles You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Bed!

 

  1. Online Language Tutor

If you have a degree this one may be for you. I have a friend who tutors a Chinese girl in her kitchen and makes a beautiful side-income while homeschooling and being a stay at home mom. Taking this one step further you can stay in bed while you tutor people in English online. This is a great way to help people better themselves and learn something yourself!

 

  1. Selling Used Books

This one is a great way to make a side-income. Look at places like Book Scouter or Book Finder and of course Amazon. This one may require you to go to the post office every now and again but then that’s it and money trickles into your bank account. My husband once worked with a man who was a self-made millionaire. He recommended this as a great side gig and explained how fun it was! He said that he and his wife would go thrift shopping for fun date nights, hunting for books and vintage games or toys. He said he easily made $400 to $500 a month just from this fun hobby! Not too shabby my friend! Not too shabby!! 😊

 

  1. General Online Tutor

This one applies again to someone who has a college degree. A great way to really use your degree is to go to an online tutoring website and become certified to tutor k-highschool grade students in whatever field your degree is in. This is great for anyone not utilizing their degree to its fullest in their everyday lives, and a fantastic way to help out, giving your knowledge and expertise to the next generation!

 

  1. Search Keyword Terms

Go to any company you prefer and search for “work from home” “virtual” or “remote” and see what it is that you are qualified for that you can do at home! Keep your eye out for especially part-time positions for side-hustle perfect positions!

 

  1. Craigslist

Last but not least is to go to good ol’ Craigslist! Go to that hidden little “Gig’s” tab all the way down at the bottom. You would be surprised what you find there. It isn’t as taboo as you’d think! There are tons of great little jobs in there that are perfect for someone just looking for pocket change! So go check it out and see what you can find that fits you perfectly!

 

 

9 Side Hustles you can do from the comfort of your bed

These are only a couple of the ways to make an income from a side-hustle from the comfort of your bed or the couch! There are so many fun ways to turn a hobby into an income or even just those quiet hours when the kids are off at school! Like I said before getting out of debt and saving money for big ticket items or even just to start investing can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Having a side-hustle is in my opinion the greatest way to speed up that process and make it all the more fun to save money! Because let’s be honest, money is more fun when you have some to work with!

 

Till next time!

7 TRICKS YOU NEED TO BE A TIME NINJA

7 TRICKS YOU NEED TO BE A TIME NINJA

Time is our most precious asset. You can’t get more of it and everyone on the planet has the same amount of it!

I have a revelation for you! What you decide to do with your time is completely up to you! It may not seem like that but trust me it is true.

 

I have great news!

You have ALL the time that you need if you want to accomplish more!

 

Today I am going to share my favorite time management tips that allowed me to get a lot more done in shorter amounts of time, or at least let me get more focused in the short time periods I have to do so.

People are not magical. We are not born productive. No one comes into this world planned, scheduled, and successful in all they do. No this is learned! It’s a culture. A way of living. It’s a choice!

The biggest changes cannot happen without the first critical step:

1: Mindset

time management Mindset

Our behaviors follow our beliefs. This is gospel. so, I think it deserves a repeat.

Our Behaviors Follow our Beliefs.

If I believe something, then my actions will follow suit.

Look at people who have succeeded at life, make millions of dollars, write best sellers, courses, and business. It all seems to pop out of thin air to us, and we wonder how these people were “born” with so much talent, and “ability” to have such amazing lives. They all have the same thing in common. They ALL HAVE THE SAME MINDSET.

Successful people know that if they make the difficult choices now they will reap the benefits of it in their future. The difficult decisions like waking up early to get a head start on a big project, going to bed late to launch a new product. Making sure they don’t pick up their phones and get lost in the rabbit hole of social media. These decisions are the ones that pay off.

You have to have the mindset of success, the belief that your time is a priority and then take actionable steps to putting that time into practice

Time is our most valuable asset.

We can make a fortune and lose it all, yet we can make it all back again. We can lose our health and get it all back again. Our energy can diminish, but we can replenish it, we can even lose the loves our lives, yet find new love. However, time NEVER COMES BACK.

 

 2: YOUR CALENDAR

 

 

Some of the most famous words in the workplace are: “Gotta Minute?”

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That is the number of minutes that we have. Each one of us have the same amount. No more. No less. People, circumstances, children, pets, spouses, chores, traffic, everything is trying to take a minute.

Everything in it’s time and place is important. Even sitting on the couch and relaxing is EXTREMELY important.

I cannot emphases enough to you the power of your calendar. In whatever form you like to use one. It can be on the fridge, on you phone or computer, on the wall it really doesn’t matter. You MUST start using it!

 

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker

 

The calendar is where you are going to plan and track every minute of your time. It is right there in front of you. You can see right there how much you should be using to sleep, how much is being given away to other people, how much is free and not being used.

Track every single thing that you do on your calendar. Just like your calorie app, tracking or journaling everything that you eat helps you see where you can make improvements, where you are going wrong, maybe even that you are not eating enough.

The same goes for your calendar. It gives you the clear and precise data of where your time is going, where it can be freed up, or even where there is free time that you aren’t using properly. Cause let’s be real. Those 4 hours you spend vegging on the couch in the evenings binge watching Netflix and Instagram stocking your friends you have to put that in your calendar and be honest with yourself that it is something that you did for 2 to 3 to 4 hours! 😊

The benefit of doing this is that then tomorrow you can think, what can I do today in that 4-hour time slot that would benefit me and my life more than Netflix! Is it finishing the laundry? Scrubbing the floor? Writing a blog post or creating YouTube videos? Taking the kids for a walk? Having a meaningful conversation with your spouse? You know what it is!

 

  1. Focus

 

time management focus

So many things pull and distract us all day long. There are always a thousand things we can do at any given minute. We have more coming at us in one day than ever before in recorded history. The world has gotten smaller and we can easily access any remote corner of it at any given time. You can still get everything done in a day despite all your gadgets!

With the world shrinking and personal responsibilities rising, it is hard to know what to do first.

Here is where Focus comes into play. To be able to tackle any day’s schedule or list of tasks that seem overwhelming one of your greatest tools will be your focus.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to be able to focus on things very long these days. We are apart of a “microwave” generation. 10 seconds is a life time. So here is my tip to you.

Focus for brief amounts of time. Set a timer for 5, 10, or even 25 minutes depending on your level of concentration, and the size of the task you are trying to tackle.  The Pomodoro Technique says that you are more prone to get things done if you are hyper focused for at least 25 minutes.  Give that thing your undivided attention and pure focus for those minutes you put on the timer. When the timer is up. Step away. Take a break. Do a different task. Go for a walk. Get a glass of water. Whichever you prefer or need.

Don’t bog yourself down. Forcing yourself to bog through when your focus has diminished only allows for you to become board, to procrastinate, or worse avoid a task that needs your attention.

 

  1. Prioritize

 

We all have our prioritizes in life.

It is important to take the time to put your largest priorities first! This is KEY!

First use your morning to focus on the most important thing of all…. YOU!

Do whatever makes you happy or fulfilled. Prayer, meditation, tea or coffee, hydration, stretching. Whatever you like, take care of yourself first.

Next; Do the most important things on your list first. The most important are usually the biggest most difficult and scariest things that we must get done. We generally tend to avoid them because of these things. But they are scary because they MATTER!

Sometimes people get hung up on trying to be more efficient. People think that by being efficient they’re being more productive. But this isn’t true!

 

BEING EFFECTIVE IS MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN BEING EFFICIENT

 

What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it. Go with your own flow. If you work better with music rather than silence, do so. If you work better with short bursts of focus rather than sitting down till your brain is numb, do that! Be effective in your priorities.

 

  1. Keep Things Organized and Minimalized

 

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You need a work space that is going to keep you productive not overwhelm you when you look at it. You need a space that you can get creative and really get to work when the time is right. That could be the kitchen, a desk space, an art studio, you name it, it needs to be organized and minimal, so you can really get to work when you decided to. Clear off away the clutter in all areas in your life. Don’t waste the precious time you DO have trying to find things that should have a home. Organize your work station to be the most efficient and productive possible.

 

  1. Reverse Engineer Your Time Line

By reversing your time line, you can see when and where the biggest things need to get done.

For instance:

  • Big Presentation June
  • Write notes
  • Research more on bullet points
  • Outline Topic Bullet Points

Than you can see at what points you need to work on things. By doing this I know that instead of writing on a to-do list Work on Presentation, which is overwhelming. Instead I know that first things first I need to write an outline my topics and create bullet points.

  1. Create a Ritual

Creating a ritual around your most productive times can really help you get into a flow state. Consider the environment or mood that you are creating when sitting down to really work on something.

For me I love to brew myself a cup of dark velvety coffee, clear off my work space, turn on some instrumental music that helps my brain to really be able to focus. I love having a plant near me, or something green. It makes me feel like sunshine is near me even on the greyest day.

I love having my certain pens and notebook near me for any ideas that pop up during my working time. Or being able to glance at my list of things that I prioritized during this work session of time I’ve allotted.

 

To sum up how to become a time ninja and accomplish everything you ever wanted to with your time:

  1. Manage Your Mindset           

  2. Keep Your Calendar

  3. Fine Tune Your Focus         

  4. Prepare and Prioritize

  5. Keep Things Organized

  6. Reverse Engineer Your Time

  7. Create A Ritual                 

 

Sometimes we learn new things but fail to put them into practice. The key to success is applying your knowledge to your daily life. Your busy schedule is no joke. It’s real. And it’s important. So is everything that you can’t get done in a day from your schedule right now. By taking the time to be a bit more disciplined in your everyday habits you will manage to accomplish things you never thought you had the time for!

 

I wish you all the success and happiness in your daily life! 

THE POWER OF PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE

THE POWER OF PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE

Are you so busy all the time, but when asked what you did that day or what is filling your schedule you can’t really answer?

I’m often asked how I accomplish all that I do in a day. Well, what I’m going to say is going to change your world! Yes, my friend, it is time to throw out your TO-DO list!

Getting things done and getting them done in at a quick pace is the key to accomplishing everything we need to get done in a day.

We all have 365 days in a year. We all have 24 hours in a day. Doesn’t it feel like sometime some people know how to get SOO much done in a day and sometimes it feels like such a chore just to get your bed made?!🤔

The key to being able to take on the world every day and accomplish everything you set out to achieve no matter what that is, is PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE!

Yes, prioritizing is the only thing that is going to help you get out of your head and get stuff done! Your to-do list is nothing more than a list of things staring you in the face with no rhyme or reason, no plan or strategy.   Looming over your head as a constant reminder of guilt and so called “busyness” we are all addicted to.

Prioritize Your Daily Schedule

Prioritizing is nothing more than setting plan and putting everything in its place of importance, relevance to your day, and urgency. This tells you what is important for you that day and forces you to tackle those important tasks. It’s a great way to stop procrastinating and also not get bored on big scary projects either! 😊

  • Take a list of paper and write out your regular to-do list on the left-hand side. Listing everything as you would normally.

Example:

  • Go to post office

  • Scrub toilet

  • Sign field trip permission slips

  • Call Mom

  • Clean out bathroom closet

 

  • Then on the right-hand side you are going to list those things in order of importance to that day. A),B),C).

Example:

  • A) Sign field trip permission slips

  • B) Go to post office

  • C) Call mom

  • D) Scrub toilet

  • E) Clean out bathroom closet

 

Next, you will make a third column and list everything in order of time-frame putting times that the most important things need to be accomplished and then adding the desired time you would like the remaining things accomplished by the end of the day. This creates a deadline for everything on your schedule and keeps your focused throughout the day.

Example:

  • A) Sign field trip permission slips  (8:00AM)

  • B) Go to post office (by 9:00AM)

  • C) Call mom (before 10:00AM)

  • D) Scrub toilet (by Noon)

  • E) Clean out bathroom closet (by 12:30PM)

After you have listed everything in its order of urgency you have your prioritized plan of action for the day. Now you can put it into a time-frame. Set 15 min. intervals for yourself to work on the larger more daunting tasks.

I like just using the timer on my phone and setting it in 15 minute intervals. I even use the 15 minute timer for half-hour tasks so that I know when I’m at the half-way point.

You’ll be shocked and amazed at how much you can fit into your daily schedule now! It’s like creating more time out of thin air for yourself! I love it! 😀

the power of prioritizing your schedule

I can’t stand huge projects. Cleaning out closets or painting rooms overwhelm and irritate me. So just like tons of other people, I put them off. I noticed however that the little things that don’t have such a huge impact on my entire day get done a lot easier, so I started tricking myself, to see if it would help. And guess what?! It did!!

I turn the timer on and put on some upbeat music. I tell myself that I’m only going to work on this “fill in the blank project” for 15 minutes and whatever I get done great, whatever is left is for tomorrow.

Surprise! Surprise! It almost ALWAYS gets done 5 minutes to 10 minutes into the timer!

 

It turned into a huge game where I would either race to beat the clock or get lost in the music and enjoyment of actually doing the thing that had been looming over my head for so long!

It’s really that simple! It only takes a couple extra minutes to do rather than a typical brain dump of a to-do list.

You will feel so much more organized and structured. You will know what is coming up, what is finished, and what you still need to accomplish every minute of every day! You will all of the sudden be that “put together parent”, that organized and always on top of it mom! Trust me prioritizing gets everything out of your head, on the paper, and in order!

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How to Get Everything You Want Done in a Day! 

Creating a prioritized schedule really takes no time at all and it makes us focus on what the day should look like and plan it out in a good order. Sometimes I create my prioritized schedule the night before and that way I sleep better knowing it is all written down. This method works great for the week and planning your month too! It’s a powerful tool for those of us feeling like sometimes the clock is just ticking too fast to get everything done!

 

Remember to follow the steps to show yourself what is most important on your schedule and attack those tasks first in order to be successful!

 

Try it I know you will love it as much as I do!

Wishing you all the success and happiness in your every day life!!