We’ve not covered the benefits of grabbing a quick half hour power nap in the middle of your work day. But what would you say if I told you that one whole hour per week can save you endless stress and insanity?
Let me explain.
You no doubt have an incredible busy life and a to-do list a mile long. And the longer it gets, the harder it is to get anything done. As you add new tasks, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to give each the proper attention they need.
That’s why it’s so crucial to give yourself one hour each week for a sanity check-in. It gives you time to get a pulse on all your To-Dos in front of you at once, take stock of the big picture, and keep track of everything that’s on your plate. It also gives you the time to think about how you can work smarter and more efficiently through that list, instead of slaving away everyday.
It’s easy to do. You just need to incorporate a weekly sanity hour into your regular routine. Here’s how I recommend you do it:
Schedule a recurring event on your calendar every week, whether on your online calendar (I recommend Google Calendar) or a paper one, preferably an hour or two. Then dedicate that time to getting yourself organized for the week ahead and ensuring that nothing is slipping through the cracks. This could mean organizing your tasks, making lists of people you need to follow up with, arranging your priorities so you can always focus on the tasks that are most important – whatever you need to do at that time to get your head and vision back on straight.
Now don’t you dare go spend this time working on the actual tasks. This is your chance to take a break from working, take a step back from it all and see it on a macro level. Here are some examples of things I utilize this time for:
- Clean up my workspace, put stray items away and toss excessive clutter
- Empty out my email inbox, make sure my Gmail filters and labels are working properly, clean out any outdated or superfluous ones
- Review and update my high-level projects & goals, and the bite-size steps I’ve laid out towards each for the coming week, or whatever next approaching deadline
- Look at my calendar for the week, take note of any important calls or meetings that will need preparation, and schedule extra time for that preparation
- Take stock of any projects I’ve been wanting to tackle but haven’t had time, such as redesigning my website or updating my resume
- Think about how I can be more efficient with my time, and consider one new tool to try out this week that might improve my productivity
Now it’s your turn!
What can you do to improve your work sanity with one hour a week? Schedule yourself some time and try it out – and then let me know how it goes!
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