And I thought I’d squeeze in a 15 day blog challenge before the baby arrived, don’t worry folks it’s something I can do with my feet up at my own pace. As some of you know, I have an ulterior motive for maternity leave, as well as bringing up little one I plan on getting my own business underway. I stumbled across Natalie Sisson aka The Suitcase Entrepreneur and her 15 day blog challenge on facebook, so here I am, 15 days (baby depending) for getting me into the habit of blogging and taking on daily challenges. A little thing to take my mind off of all things baby.
Before I get on to day 1, I’ve really got to share this post from Natalie with you, finding your sweet spot has been something I have grappled with for years, and her post was a bit like a room of lightbulbs lighting up and a grands worth of pennies dropping at the same time so check it out here…http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/build-your-online-business/the-secret-to-finding-your-sweet-spot/
Anyway, Day 1… DAILY SUCCESS PLAN.
What is my DAILY SUCCESS PLAN? What is my power routine that will start my day off epically?
Oh crap, did I mention I was about to have a baby? I already feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, how to you get your day started epically when you barely know when one day ends and another begins?
Yikes, well, Natalie mentions the following kick start her day… Good sleep, meditation, exercise, smoothie, then tackling most important actions, those MIA’s.
The most productive I have ever been was when I was doing my diploma in HR management and I used to get up at 6am, put the kettle on and work for 2 hours before getting ready and going into work. I used to get about 90 minutes of coursework in every morning and no matter what happened in the rest of the day I had already achieved something really important, usually the rest of the day followed suit, positive and productive. Fortunately I am a morning person and fully functional and surprisingly productive at that time of the morning. So maybe I could capture some early work time in my daily success plan.
Secondly, good sleep is essential, so my bed time routine the day before is important. Mr T and I have been practising hypnobirthing in preparation and part of it is to listen to a relaxation tape before bed, we both sleep so much better after listening and its made coping with various stresses during pregnancy a little easier. Good sleep empties your “stress bucket” and enables you to cope better with the day ahead. I know with a new baby sleep will be in short supply but actually a good deep relaxation can go a long way in restoring vitality and focus so I’ll be digging out my meditation and deep relaxation tracks! As well as grabbing sleep where ever I can.
A proper, protein rich breakfast. I generally cook the two of us a breakfast in the morning to kick start our day, however this can be a bit time consuming. If I’m super organised I prepare some of it the night before and just heat it up. But breakfast is a must!
Tasks for the day – those MIA’s. I know that when I set my priorities and write out a to do list I can be pretty damn productive, especially if I set myself time limits for things (another thing I learned when doing my diploma).
So, there’s my 4... Good sleep, a prioritised task list, taking advantage of the productive early morning working time and a good breakfast.
What does your daily success plan look like? If you have a baby or children do you have any tips for getting your day off to a great start? Write in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!