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How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities.

How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities.

Every day we wake up with make decisions about how we are going to spend our time.

Everyone only gets 24 hours in a day and life is a constant juggle of priorities.

Ever wonder why it seems like some people (ahem Beyonce) seem to get more accomplished in those same 24 hour cycles?

I know how she does it. But first...

The screen grab below is of something I saw on ohhappyday’s snapchat story, and it really resonated with me.  

How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities.

I don’t know about you but it seems like my priorities are constantly changing and evolving. Whether it’s career, family, friends… it seems to go in cycles.

Lately my family priorities have really knocked my career ones off kilter and I am trying to get back on track while all the while my list of personal responsibilities continues to grow.

There is a coping cycle that I have observed in my own life that starts to take place every time my life gets thrown out of whack. Maybe you can relate?

  1. Start dropping ALL the balls
  2. Struggle to keep my head above water
  3. Thrive and 10x my effort.

There is also a #4 but more on that in a minute…

From: How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities. There is a coping cycle that I have observed in my own life that starts to take place every time my life gets thrown out of whack. Maybe you can relate?  1. Start dropping ALL the balls 2. Struggle to keep my head above water 3. Thrive and 10x my effort.  There is also a #4 but more on that in a minute…

What’s that saying? “If you want something done you’ve got to give it to a busy mom”?

Well right now I feel like I have hit all three of these coping methods in this cycle in a matter of weeks as some sort of crazy, whirlwind of a process and I have hopefully come out on the other side as a stronger person (I hope, only time will truly tell!).

Have you ever made a commitment to do something important to you, but then life gets in the way and all of a sudden your priorities get jumbled up and you have to put the pieces back together, but the order is never quite the same?

Since starting this blog I have tried really hard to publish it consistently. Blogging is something new to me and my business I know I am going to have hiccups and slides but I am committed to keeping it going.

(BTW I love hearing from you that I am inspiring you to connect with your friends. That you are excited about sending that surprise message to your BFF. This is the reason why I am pushing so hard every day. The thought that I am inspiring someone to reach out and build deeper friendships is the most amazing feeling. So keep the love coming. Let's inspire each other!)

Well a few weeks ago, I hustled the hardest I have ever have before leaving on a family trip for a week. The idea was to try to get ahead on my blog content so I would be golden if I had to miss a week of writing while on vacation.

What I wasn’t planning on was that on the day I got back to town my family’s life would be changed completely. (This sounds sensationalized but it’s true.)

My husband and I had been looking to buy a new home for the last year and a half. We had been looking at new construction or renovating. After looking for so long and not finding what we were after we started to expand our minds to the possibility of building a custom home from scratch.

On the day we got back from our vacation we found a home that we decided to put an offer on. Within the course of 72 hours we had mutual acceptance and ALL the priorities I had been working on were suddenly swept to the side to make space for this huge new endeavor.


How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities. Card Image: Without discomfort we can never really know what we can handle and how we can rise up to the challenge. Refocus. Do Not Give Up.


Now back to the coping cycle… Here is a little snapshot of what my life has been like since we bought our house:

  1. I started dropping balls- I missed a birthday party for a friend’s son. And I am not proud to say this wasn’t the first time this summer this has happened. To all my friends I am so sorry and I promise I will do better!
  2. I was struggling to keep my head above water- I started looking for all sorts of people to hire- painters, movers, architects, designers, construction companies, arborists, surveyors… the list goes on and on. All the while trying to plan for the launch of my new line that has been about 8 months in the making.
  3. Thrive and 10x my effort– I am feeling a better handle on things as I start settling on the people I want to hire. I am starting to find my footing again. I am pushing on with my product launch and even though I’ll be about a week behind it wont be detrimental.

Now are you ready for the magic step #4 in the coping cycle?

The one piece missing from this cycle is more of an exterior coping mechanism– and it is crucial– and that fourth method is Delegation.

You can get a lot more accomplished when you have several people working towards a common goal.

This is truly the only way to get more than 24 hours in your day.

You have got to ask for help when you need it. For me that comes in the form of getting someone to help with my kids, whether it’s my amazing nanny or having them play at a friends house so I can get other things done. And hopefully one day it will include people I can bring on in my business so I have more time to design and produce more products. 

I want you to think of something you can delegate. Then do it. You don't have to do everything yourself!

Any time something changes in my life I go through this 3 part cycle. I always come out on the other side stronger for the struggle.

There is another saying I really like and that is that “Growth happens outside of our comfort zone.”

Without discomfort we can never really know what we can handle and how we can rise up to the challenge.

My biggest takeaways from these last few weeks are:

  1. You can’t plan for everything and it’s good to be able to roll with the punches.
  2. Even though you can’t plan it is good to have a good process in place that can help you to adjust your plan. A process that you can rely on will help reduce that the possibility of dropping balls. (Learning to organize is a constant struggle for me and doesn’t come naturally at all. I’ve learned to accept it is a work in progress and it can only get better the more I refine it.)
  3. Remember that you are capable of pretty much anything you set your mind to. But also remember that it’s ok sometimes to give yourself grace and not to push yourself past the point of breaking.
  4. When you feel like you are getting close to your breaking point, remembering that you don’t have to do everything alone, and to ask for help.

How to get more than 24 hours in a day: A lesson in juggling priorities. Good friends are worth their weight in gold and they will be there for you when you need them. This week I am going to send a letter to a friend that really helped me out these last few weeks to give them my gratitude. Friendship is something that should never be taken for granted.

Good friends are worth their weight in gold and they will be there for you when you need them. This week I am going to send a letter to a friend that really helped me out these last few weeks to give them my gratitude. Friendship is something that should never be taken for granted.

I want you to think of a friend that has helped you out recently. Send them a card and let them know how much that meant to you.


KIT,

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PS. Wait a minute! Now I know you might be thinking. What did you buy? The new construction? The fixer upper? Building a custom home? I am going to keep that under wraps for now until we close because I am superstitious. But I can’t wait to tell you all about it!






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