Stop wasting your time and check everything off of your to-do list
Do you ever wake up feeling refreshed and genuinely happy then you realize you have only a hundred things you need to get done? Does accomplishing tasks excite you more or bring your mood down? Do you go about your day completing tasks thinking you have all the time in the world so you sit down on a pile of laundry and skim through instagram only to realize it’s almost dinner time and you haven’t even completed half of your to-do list?
I’ve been there
I’ve got to say, completing tasks thinking I have all the time in the world then realizing it’s almost dinner time as I’m on instagram is the one that hits me the most. I like to blame the countless piles of laundry that are never ending, but the truth is, we get lazy, we get distracted easily, and we procrastinate like none other.
Have you ever asked your partner to complete a task for you and all of a sudden they have to go to the bathroom or they absolutely must write an email out for someone or call their parents or whatever other noble excuse pops up and suddenly they’re off doing whatever it is they said they must do and you’re stuck completing the task you asked for them to do? Meanwhile, that pile of laundry remains untouched.
They come back, it’s dinner time. You have to start cooking, but in order to cook you have to empty out the dishwasher so you could have your pots and pans to make that nice pinterest-perfect meal you found earlier in the day. The laundry is still there, your partner is now busy sending emails, and you feel an emotional frenzy inside of you and you just simply want to burst.
However, you remain calm. You empty out the dishwasher, you begin cooking, it takes you twice as long because you didn’t get any help. Was it because they don’t care or because you didn’t ask? You make the perfect meal, you call your partner to the table, you eat in silence. You clean the table, wash the dishes, your partner has went off to shower, you go into the bedroom and face the leaning tower of pisa you call laundry and something inside of you breaks. You look at your phone, glancing at the checklist you had made earlier that morning. There was only a few things checked off, and the list would only grow longer by morning. You sit on the bed, close out of the app of tasks on your phone… and get on instagram.
I’ve been there
It’s a new year, it’s a new decade. And, I am here to tell you that it is our year to start new and our year to form habits that will last and benefit us. Gone are the days where you will go to bed upset that you didn’t finish everything you wanted, gone are the days that you turn to instagram or other social media platforms because you’re upset and don’t feel good about yourself because you had a stressful day and there’s a pile of laundry on the bed at the end of the night.
We all have pockets of time throughout the day that we can use to our own advantage to benefit us. We have moments that we are free and perfectly capable of accomplishing the things we need to yet we choose the easy way out thinking, “oh, I’ll just check facebook for two minutes. No harm!” However, those two minutes turn into 20 and soon enough, you have no time for anything.
I’ve been there
Now, I want to share my three BIGGEST tips for handling yourself well when you’re in this sort of situation. I want YOU to accomplish all of your goals you set out for yourself each and everyday. We all have the same amount of time in a day, we can all go to bed feeling good and accomplished.
Tip #1. Start each morning off without your phone. Hey, I get it, you wake up from your alarm clock and you see those notifications, “so and so messaged you, so and so liked your picture.” So and so will still be there after you’re done taking care of yourself. Create a morning routine for yourself, without distractions. Get up, stretch, brush your teeth, wash your face, drink water
Tip #2. Start each morning off with a podcast or something motivational. Maybe you’re into meditating, do that. Maybe you love to listen to sermons, do that. While you’re making breakfast, or getting ready, whatever it is that motivates you and fills you with positivity, do it
Tip #3. Now that you have completed your morning routine, feel free to check your phone. However, while you’re on it, create a to-do list for yourself for everything you need to get done. When you finish writing the list, shut your phone off and go about accomplishing your tasks. Listen to music, a podcast, have something playing on the TV. The point is for the noise to distract you from your phone, I always have the TV on when I am cooking, and I always have a podcast or sermon while I am cleaning/doing tasks around the house. Stay off your phone, realize that being done with your tasks is more important than checking your social media, the sense of satisfaction you will get at the end of the night is priceless
I hope these three tips help you kick start your morning in the best way. The key is to be focused on yourself, on your tasks. Shut yourself off from the outside noise. Social media isn’t going anywhere. The most important thing is you and what you need to do.
If you enjoyed this article or are planning to apply these tips to your daily life, let me know in the comments below or give me a clap! I appreciate you!