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Be a better version of yourself…by sleeping.

Are you really sleeping enough?

How many hours do you typically sleep if you don’t set an alarm?

Not like on the weekend. Like if you did it consistently.

Try it for a week.

Start going to bed a half-hour earlier every night until you start to wake up just before your alarm goes off.

Learn how many hours your body needs, and then make it happen consistently.

 

I’m in a fortunate position in which I can make my own schedule. It took me a long time to accept that I need a full 8-9 hours in order to function at my best and be most productive.

I felt like I was being a lazy pile of shit.

But when it became apparent how shitty and wasted a day can be when not enough sleep is had, it actually is a waste of time to not get enough sleep.

We need to get past the idea that it’s some badge of honor to run on as little sleep as possible.

 

If you are sleep deprived, your productivity suffers, your creativity suffers, everything suffers.

It adds to stress, which leads to a hundred other health issues.

Some people require less than others.  Some require more.  Mine is 8-9.  Some people easily run off of 5-6.

So figure out what your sleep requirement is (when you tend to wake up naturally) and get it.

Your body and mind will thank you.

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It’s up to you

It’s up to you to do whatever it takes to get to your dream.

 

You have to be the one that makes time, you have to be the one to prioritize, you have to be the one to take action.

No one else is going to do it for you.

 

You have to DO the thing if you want the Thing.

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find your focus.

*a follow-up to this post about time management!

I set aside the last week of December to hash out ALL my goals and my plans to reach them in 2017 and beyond.

 

With piles and stacks of notebooks, scratch paper, eNotes and the like, I started to categorize it all under the two main goals (income and reach).

Once I did this, it was super easy to take each little note, blurb and hastily scratched out idea and put it where it belonged in the greater scheme of the main goals, or if it belonged in the trash.

Setting the two main annual goals then allowed me to break everything down into what needed to be done per quarter, per month, and per week.

 

Everything was then written into the Passion Planner and/or Lisa Jacob’s Your Best Year business planner. So with room for adjustment and unexpecteds of course, the entire year is a map to the main goals.

Now that I’m a couple of weeks in on the plan, things are going really well. Productivity has definitely increased, and I feel so much more relaxed about ALL THE THINGS THERE ARE TO DO because all the things that need to happen to accomplish the goals are specific, broken down to task, and scheduled according to quarter, month and week.

Everything has it’s place in the rank of priorities, and everything that needs to be handled will be handled.

This is the most control of the overwhelm I’ve ever felt.

This is also the most focused I’ve ever felt. It’s taken me a long time to be able to really be present in any given moment, but a commitment to daily meditation has really made some huge impacts in my life – the ability to be fully present being one of them.

But the message here is that YOU have to take control of where you’re focusing your energy if you want to get to the Thing.

 

You literally and figuratively cannot rely on anyone else to create the life you want or to bring you happiness. Others can contribute in many ways, but you are responsible for your life. No one else.

 

No one is working to make your dreams come true.

You have to take the action.

YOU.

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Yes, You DO Have Time

Don’t think that 10 or 15 minutes isn’t enough.

Don’t underestimate what you can accomplish in even a few minutes.

If you spend just 15 minutes working toward a goal and checking something off the List of Shit I Need to Do to Get the Thing,  it would total 7.5 hours in a month.

That’s a whole day of work put toward what you WANT to be doing with your life.

What are you doing with that time now? Checking your Facebook? Refreshing your email?

Put it to WORK.

Those minutes add up, and over time, that is how you get the thing.

 

You’re never going to have a “chunk of free time” long enough to do all the things you need to do.

You have to take baby steps where you can fit them in.

 

Diving into fulfilling all of the dream all at once was not an option for me, and I’m sure it’s not for you, either. There are bills to pay and shit.

That is why you have to be very particular about how you spend your minutes.

Each one of them can either get you closer to the thing, or it can keep you in the same place.

The choice is yours: What are you going to do with your minutes?

 

Now, I want to hear from you.

What are some baby steps that you take every day to get closer to your goals and ideal life?

Share in the comments, or send me an email at emily@emilymagone.com!

XO

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How to Double Your Productivity in a Week

Wasting time makes me crazy. Perpetually late people, sitting in traffic, small talk. BULLSHIT.

I like to accomplish as much as possible every day.  Don’t worry, sometimes REST is in the Passion Planner and I accomplish the shit out of that too.

Btw, I effing LOVE planners.  I get super pumped in December when it’s time to get the next year’s.  A few years ago, I got turned on to the Passion Planner. LIFE CHANGING, is what this magical little book is. This year, I got the gold limited edition one and it’s dope as shit. I could rave on for days but I’ll spare you. Just do yourself a favor and get one if you haven’t already.

So back to the lecture at hand…I thought I had my schedule locked down pretty well. Until I was watching this guy a few weeks ago.  (Brendon Burchard, if you haven’t heard of him, has got some shit figured out.)

He was raving about the 50-minute schedule. Breaking up your day into 50 minute increments. Scheduling your main priorities for the day into their blocks first, second level priorities next, and so on.  And then sticking to it.

But how helpful could it really be? I mean, I’m always doing something, so that means I’m constantly getting shit done, right?

But I’m a sucker for gaining minutes, so I readjusted my schedule, curious if it would help.

By day three my mind was blown.

I was finishing every day feeling legitimately accomplished. NOT feeling rushed or that the days were screaming past and I needed more hours.

Knowing that each task had its time allowed me to be present.

Rather than having my mind half on the task and half on other things, not knowing which I should be focusing on first.

When you schedule your day and assign all the things their own time slot, and then stick to it, it’s impossible to not make progress on each of the things that you wanted to.

My top priorities are studio time (progression of goals) and workout time (self-care).

Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, who the fuck is going to? And how are you going to take care of anyone else that needs you?

Schedule your exercise.

Schedule your meal planning.

Get your groceries delivered. That shit is cheap and SO worth the time saved.

Workout at home if you can. Waste less time in your car and less money on gas (and gym membershits).

Do the things you need to do to stay healthy.

If you’re currently working for someone else, block out the time that you aren’t slaving for the man to make sure you’re getting what you need.

Here’s an example of my current (2016) weekday schedule. Not all of my increments are a strict 50 minutes. Some tasks don’t require that much time, and some take a little more.

Clearly, if you have kids or aren’t working for yourself, this schedule will be a joke to you. So take the hours that you do have for yourself and schedule them accordingly.

9-9:20  Stretch, Drink Water, Meditate

9:20-9:50  Breakfast, Listening (to any webinars, podcasts, courses, etc.), Respond to important messages

9:50-10:40  Studio

(stretch)

10:40-11:30  Studio

11:30-12:30  Lunch with the husband

12:30-1:20  Studio

(stretch)

1:20-2:10 Studio

2:10-3:20 Workout, Shower, Brainstorm

3:20-5:00 Marketing/Business Development Tasks

(stretch)

5:00-6:30 Dinner with the husband

6:30-7:30 Relax with the husband

7:30-9:30 Admin/Digital work, Social Media Posting

Screens off for sleepy time.

 

Yours will probably look different.

But think about it.

What does your dream schedule look like?

Write it out, right now. If you had complete control over all of your hours.

What would you spend them doing?

What are your top priorities?

What are you doing during the day that isn’t getting you any closer to your goals?

Stop doing that.

Use that time for things that WILL get you closer to your goals.

And for real. Get yourself a Passion Planner.

 

What are your best time management tips?

What is something that you are aching to do that you don’t feel you have time for?

Tell me in the comments 🙂

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4 Easy Time Management Tips

Here’s a few of the basic things that help me maximize the hours in the day and allow me to go to bed feeling like I made significant progress.

 

  1.  Get Enough Sleep

We need to get past the idea that it’s some badge of honor to run on as little sleep as possible.

If you are sleep deprived, your productivity suffers, your creativity suffers, everything suffers.

It adds to stress, which leads to a hundred other health issues.

Some people require less than others.  Some require more.  Mine is 8-9.  Some people easily run off of 5-6.

So figure out what your sleep requirement is (when you tend to wake up naturally) and get it.

Your body and mind will thank you.

 

  1.  Lists Are Your Friend

If you don’t like lists, think they are nerdy or for forgetful people only…please revisit the idea.  You can make lists for everything.

Long-term goals, short-term goals, ideas, the sequence of events that need to happen before said goal can be reached, what you need to accomplish tomorrow or this week, what can wait until next month, etc.

It’s a gratifying feeling to check things off your list.  It’s solid, tangible proof that you are making progress and getting that much closer to your goal.

Proof that you are getting shit done.

 

  1.  (Smart) Multitask

 

Pair up the things that make sense together in order to maximize your time.

I’ll save things I need to listen to (podcasts, books, talks, workshops, etc.) for when I’m working on something else (painting, housework, etc.), and save things that I need to watch (tutorials, presentations, etc.) for when I am sitting down eating lunch.

I keep multiple paintings going at once, and work on them in stages.  This way I can always be moving forward with one of them, while the others are drying/setting/doing whatever they need to be doing.

For me, it keeps everything flowing throughout the day and I don’t feel like my time is being wasted by menial tasks (like dishes).

 

  1.  Prioritize & Schedule Your Hours

 

I’m talking about life in general here.  That’s why I mentioned sleep first.

If you want to maximize your potential, your health should be at the top of your priority list.

So put the best food possible in your body, move and strengthen your body, and sufficiently rest your body.

Now that you’re taken care of, you’re better able to make sure those around you are taken care of as well.

Day-to-day, my schedule reflects my priorities.

Here’s what my weekdays look like currently:

5:30 – start hitting snooze

6:00 – make breakfast and lunch for husband, stare blankly while petting dogs

6:30 – husband leaves for work, I make coffee and breakfast for me and dogs (they get no coffee)

7:00 – meditation and stretching, rank importance of the day’s tasks

7:30-10 – office (website development, emails, writing posts, outreach, etc.)

10-1 – studio (painting, shooting, etc.)

lunch

1-2:30 – studio

workout/shower

4-5:30 – office

dinner prep/eat

7 – 9:30 – admin stuff (emails, editing, uploading, etc.)

 

Obviously everyone’s day looks different.

But it all comes back to the time management.

You’re in control of your time, so make the most of it.

If you have a dream, you’re the only person that can get you there.

Take care of yourself, organize your thoughts and goals, multitask well and prioritize in all areas of your life.

Whatever you are hoping to achieve, it is in your power to make it happen.