There are quite a few things I miss about life before baby, like being able to drop everything for a cuppa whenever I want to. This afternoon I spent almost three hours trapped under a sleeping baby, whose desperate need to catch up on sleep was far more important than my need to top up on caffeine!
However for everything that seems worse, there’s something else that is better…
Before baby I “didn’t have time” to read (or rather I chose to do other things… but that’s a whole other blog post!) but at Christmas I invested in a Kindle and thanks to night feeds I’ve read more books in the past two months than I did in the whole of 2015!
My current read is ‘Will It Fly’ by Pat Flynn, and as instructed (who am I to argue with Pat?!) I asked some of the wonderful women in my life for feedback on what my ‘superpower’ might be. If you’re feeling a bit crappy I definitely recommend this as a pick me up strategy!!!
So one lovely lovely friend suggested that my superpower is to “get it all done, calmly, even when things get complicated.”
Last year I got married, had a baby, bought a house, grew my business and held down a day job… as well as taking care of my health through what was a difficult pregnancy at times.
I did it all…
…or did I?!
I’m going to let you into a little secret…
The truth is by the end of the year I had done it all, BUT I hadn’t done it all at once.
There were months where my business was top priority, and other months where I looked after my 1:1 clients and did sod all else. The month of my wedding most other things went out of the window. And when I had a baby and moved house in the same week I didn’t bother thinking about anything else.
I “did it all” by prioritising one or two things at a time.
If I’d tried to do everything I wouldn’t have done anything other than sit in a dark corner, rocking slowly, wishing the world would go away! I’ve been there before and that is not a fun way to spend any amount of time.
I’ll admit when you start taking this approach it’s scary letting things go for a little while… but once you get over the fear it is AMAZING for your sanity and your productivity!
All you need to know is what you want to achieve, and then make a decision about which one or two of them are going to be your priorities this week or this month.
As one area of life gets quieter you can reassess your priorities and pick up something else.
And the more you practice the easier it gets. These days my life is so unpredictable it makes it so much easier to still get things done and feel like I’m making progress.
And that is the secret to getting it all done… just don’t try to do it all at once!
What are your one or two priorities right now? And what are you going to pick up later? Share your answers with the rest of us in the comments!