Now that the kids are heading back to school is there a time of day where you feel the most productive and less distracted? A short section of the day when you tackle your to-do list, update your calendar, respond to your emails, etc. What part of the day do you best conquer your tasks?
I honestly have to say I do some of my best work while sitting in the afternoon carpool lane. Once I pull the swagger wagon up to the front of the school & hit park this is when the magic begins. I am confined to my car because I wouldn’t dare leave my coveted space near the front of the carpool line. Heck, no! I got there extra early for that prime piece of carpool real estate. Plus, getting there early is my strategy to begin my fav time of the day. I can be in control and create my own working atmosphere void of the noise & distraction of the day. I carry all my tools with me…laptop, calendar, coffee, book & snack. No interruptions, no worries and my mind is clear to work. I either am updating my calendar or brainstorming the next blog post. I find this is when I can be the most creative & uninhibited with my writing when I am fully in the mode to take care of me before I have to take care of them. (No shame in that!)
One of my goals this year was to be more disciplined in my work as a Blogger & a SAHM. I believe being more disciplined will create a better purpose and intention in my efforts. Being disciplined will create more consistency & more routine which will lead to less moments of chaos…..well, at least this is what I hope.
Identifying those quiet times in my day (i.e. carpool moments) gives me an opportunity to be more productive. Learning how to be productive & disciplined is a skill that we all continue to work on. In this stage of my life these are the tips that have worked for me to use my time efficiently. Maybe with some personal tweaking they will work for you.
(Disclaimer: You don’t have to be a carpooling Mom to utilize these tips. If you have 30 minutes to an hour a day that you want to take control of these little tidbits might help.)
~Name Your Battle~
Know your goal & visualize what it will look like when completed & how you will feel. Tell yourself specifically what you want to accomplish in that time period.
~Gather Your Tools~
Come in with everything you need to get the job done. Being prepared will allow you to make a smooth transition into your power hour.
~Shut Down the Noise~
Avoid the negative self-talk that is cluttering our minds & coaxing us to quick. Choose to be your biggest fan! Don’t forget to turn off all distractions…make this hour about you.
~Acknowledge & Reward~
No matter where you stop in your power hour acknowledge the work you did & reward yourself. Even if you didn’t completely finish your task remember you are closer to the end than where you started.
Afternoon carpool is my Me Time/Let’s Get It Done Time. Even if you don’t have a “carpool time” in your schedule I hope you can use these short tips to maximize your personal power hour.
After completing this post I’ve decided to make my Tuesday postings dedicated to my “Carpool Diaries”….thoughts of the day or tips & tricks to share.
What do you do to help yourself be more purposeful & productive during your power hour?