Last week we talked about building a successful day by setting priorities. This week we are going to take a look at learning when you are at your best for certain tasks. Some people call this “blocking” your day. It is where you take a long hard look at when you do your best work in each particular area of your life. This knowledge can help you schedule your day in such a way that you are most productive and efficient, saving you a great deal of time and energy in the long run.
For instance, I do my best when I take on things that need my focus and full mental strength first thing in the morning. My housework needs to be done before sundown or else it just drains me. I can, however, do some writing or small time homework after sundown, but only if absolutely necessary. I also do best when I get my time in the Word & journal before the kids wake up. Otherwise I’m off and running and may fall asleep without ever getting back to it.
I have found that by scheduling my day according to this, things get done faster and easier leaving more of me for extra interests. I find that fewer things feel like a chore to me, even the ones I’m not particular fond of like laundry. My household runs a great deal more efficiently and my attitude is better. I don’t feel so burdened or worn down, so it is easier for the bright side of my personality to shine through.
This has also been a great help in keeping me from over scheduling myself. I have blocks of time where I do certain types of things and if I can’t fit it in there then it waits for another day. Oddly, I actually get more done and the work I do is better quality. It is a beautiful freedom that I wouldn’t ever want to replace.
Getting started takes asking yourself a few questions:
1. Am I a morning person or a night person?
2. What part of the day do I do my best work?
3. What part of the day do I feel rundown or in need of a nap?
4. Which of my regular tasks requires me to be at my best and full of energy?
5. Which tasks can I do running on autopilot?
6. Which tasks energize me?
7. Which tasks drain my energy?
By honestly evaluating these things you can learn to match up your regular tasks with the best time of the day to get them done. As you grow and build these new routines, getting more and more comfortable with them, you will be surprised at how much you can actually get done in a day, in a week, in a month, in a year. The success will continue to pile on top of itself as you continue on your journey. It will allow you to put your best foot forward with each step you take to reaching new levels of success each day.
So take charge of your productivity and find your best you! Dig deep in complete honest and let the Holy Spirit guide you into the truth the Father has for you. I pray you revelation and desire beloved! Shalom!~