How to Get the Most Out of Your Day

How to GET the most oUT Of your dayI know I’m not the only one who needs help with that. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, right? Every morning, the alarm goes off and I start my day with a big list of to-dos. Thanks to my Happy Planner and my Your Best Year Planner, I do get a lot of things done, but there’s always more to do at the end of the day. I collapse into bed at 9:30 or so and my mind races with all the things I still want to get done.

Everyone has the same number of hours in the day.

Lisa Jacobs, Joanna Penn and Tawna Fenske have the same as me, yet I haven’t even come close to tapping their level of success. And don’t even get me started on Oprah and Ellen. Not to mention the President.

It’s what we do with those hours that counts.

It’s pretty clear that the problem isn’t the number of hours, but what we do with them. Here’s my list of things I want to try that I think might help me reach the level of success I want to reach:

Don’t hit the snooze. Self-explanatory.

Start with a plan. I’m going to compare my 2 planners and decide on a plan of action for the day, focusing on the must-do things. And I don’t mean the boring, mundane things I have to do to exist, I mean the things I need to do to meet MY goals.

Schedule. Just like this post. I work, so I write my posts ahead of time and schedule them to release at a certain day/time. I need to check into automating other social media like that, too.

Visualize. I’m going to put reminders everywhere. A chart on my closet door showing what I need to do & how far I’ve come & how far I’ve got to go.

Be selfish. My time is valuable. It’s time to put myself first.

Less TV. Yikes. Hands down, this will be the hardest for me. Good thing Lost isn’t on the air anymore. And Castle. And Desperate Housewives. And The Mentalist.

Be brave. I will try things. I may fail, but I will fail forward (hat tip to my bestie, Lynn).

OK, now it’s your turn. Tips? Suggestions? Hacks?

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6 thoughts on “How to Get the Most Out of Your Day

  1. I thought I would have more writing time once the kids were back in school. But then, I went to the doctor and I’m going to need reconstructive surgery on my right hand. I hated to think of weeks when I couldn’t type and couldn’t get any writing done.
    I live in Atlanta, GA but I correspond with a number of writers all over the world. A friend in Switzerland told me about Dragon Anywhere. Since my grandkids spilt Kool-Aid on my old phone, and my daughter replaced it with a smartphone (my first one ever) I thought this was all great timing and this app will be perfect for my recovery.
    I can dictate into my phone, email the files to my PC, and worry about fussing, tweaking, and editing once I can type with two hands again. I may not have use of one hand for a while, but I can still be productive. I love it.

  2. Aw, bad news and good. Am glad you’ve found a silver lining. I have lupus and sometimes my hands don’t appreciate all I put them through. Am curious to hear how you like Dragon Anywhere. Keep me posted!

    And wishing you a speedy recovery – hope the reconstuctive surgery goes well. Best wishes!

  3. I have used Dragon Anywhere 3 times, twice for my novel and once to dictate a review after I finished the book late last night. You can email it or load it to the Cloud, like to Dropbox, then download it. (I used Dragon years ago on a different PC, when I had the original surgery on my hand in 2008 and loved it. This computer doesn’t have a good sound card and for the time being, the mobile app will work well.)
    After a trial period, DA is $15/mo so I’m looking at getting my sound card fixed so I can put Dragon back on my PC.
    Dragon version 13 is on sale right now for $99 and that includes the mike. Last night, I got an email about the newest version, v15. That’s also on sale for $99 until the end of September with a 30-day free trial.
    From what I understand, once you have a PC/laptop version, you do something through your phone and then you can use the phone as a mike. If you are interested in dictating your books and making it easier on yourself and your hands, this would be the perfect time to try it out.
    And no, LOL, I don’t have any stock in the company. I really liked my trial run with the phone app version, it is so much more accurate than when I used it years ago. I can’t wait to get it on my PC and use it full time.

  4. My planner is my salvation. If nothing else, I stay more focused. Ask Bob, he’ll tell you I’m really good at the ‘oh shiny things’ mentality. I use a Daily List concept that I designed for my planner. So far I’m ticking off boxes daily. Not everything gets done some days but at least having that list keeps the end goal in sight. Hugs and Blessings!

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