If you’re anything like me, then most days you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Us busy Life Editors barely have time to breathe let alone work through the Life Editing Process and make positive changes.
Whoa there! You’re not a frazzled foul, and your head is still firmly attached to your neck.
The busy-ness of modern life isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean we should completely neglect our health and well-being.
I’ve compiled my easiest edits for you so you can make progress without losing your mind (head?), and I’ve even organized them by the steps of the Life Editing Process so you can scan it quickly like the busy woman you are.
Step 1: Create a Foundation
- Pause and list 5 things you’re grateful for. Don’t discount this edit because it feels silly! By focusing on what’s going right in your life (big or small!), you’ll motivate yourself to keep moving forward.
- Change the background on your phone or desktop to a photo of your loved ones. It’s easy to burn out if you forget why you’re doing all this work. A picture of your smiling kids could stop you from punching your boss on those frustrating days.
Step 2: Delete Bad Influences
- Pull out your calendar and delete one obligation or appointment. You’re busy enough, so get used to saying no more often. Choose one non-essential event to delete and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.
- Go to your pantry and throw out any chips, cookies, or junk food you see. You’ll have more stamina to do what you gotta do if you’re not crashing down after a sugar high.
Step 3: Add Good Habits and Routines
- Stand up and stretch! Get the blood flowing back to your brain so you can think clearly and be of service to your employees, customers, and loved ones.
- Floss your teeth. You’ll feel like a new you when you remove the leftover lunch salad bits from your teeth. And that minty feeling will perk you right up.
Step 4: Rearrange Everything Into a Perfect Flow
- Set a bedtime reminder alarm on your phone. Skimping on sleep won’t help you get more done during the day—it’ll just make all your tasks take twice as long. Set an alarm to remind you to get to bed early if you want to be your best self tomorrow.
- Write your top 3 priorities for tomorrow on a sticky note. Don’t waste precious time in the morning figuring out what you need to work on. Take a minute to set your priorities so you can hit the ground running in the AM.
Step 5: Make White Space for Personal Self-Care
- Do a one-minute meditation. Try my new favorite app Insight Timer for short meditations to center yourself and clear your mind. Best all, it’s free!
- Listen to the chorus of your favorite power song. Nothing gets me moving more than belting out the lyrics to some jams by Madonna or Britney Spears. Close your eyes and pretend you’re dancing on stage for a sold-out concert.
How do you edit your life when you’re busier than ever? Share your tips with me on Facebook.
This post focuses on Step 1 of the Life Editing Process, Create a Foundation. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.
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