If you are anything like me you have an overflowing calendar, a to-do list that never gets completed, tired eyes and sore muscles from running around, and a nagging feeling that I had an entire week where I did not stop moving once and yet I accomplished nothing! I know I am not alone because I hear it daily from my athletes. The conversation goes like this…
Me: How are you feeling?
Me: Really?! Tell me more about that.
Athlete: It was so busy with practice, school, 2 tests, homework, private lessons…
Me: What are 2 things you are celebrating this week?
Athlete: I don’t know
Me: It sounds like you did a lot this week, what did you accomplish that you are proud of?
Athlete: I’m not sure, I didn’t really have time think to think about it
Me: Well, think about your last practice… What went well?
Athlete: I was really distracted because I got a B on a test that day and still needed to find time to finish a project after practice
[Mental coach hat is fully in place and we dig in…]
Does this sound familiar to you? You are putting in 100% to get it all done and yet it does not seem to be enough. The time flies by with all of the responsibilities, appointments, and to-dos and you do your best but somehow feel stretched thin like you are just not doing enough and there is no way to catch up. You decide enough is enough and you buckle down to FINALLY knock some things out and yet all your brain does is wander to the 1000 other things you should be doing. I know the cycle all too well…
I have researched ENDLESSLY for solutions to the to-dos, goals, and dreams in my head that lead to overwhelm and get in the way of the level of performance I desire. The process of becoming mentally organized is a journey and having the right tools is essential! Today, I am excited to share with you my tips and tricks so you can get back to doing what you do best!
5 Tips for Becoming Mentally Organized
#1 Get it out of your mind and onto paper
By taking time to brain dump onto paper I can think clearly and get into action. This is how my mental organization process starts… by making a list of everything I need to do. This not only helps me quiet the noise at the moment but it allows me to push the panic away when I begin to feel like I am forgetting something. I am less anxious, more focused, and able to get into action!
#2 If it isn’t scheduled it will not get done
Take time to map out all of your have-to, want-to, need-to, and to-dos, and leave off the should-dos. Decide what is important to you and make sure it is blocked off on your calendar. It is too easy to fill our schedules with the things we should do and the priorities of others at the risk of our own goals and passions. Sitting down to create a schedule every week helps me feel less overwhelmed, trust that everything will get done because it has a place, prioritize my time, and make decisions about what is can realistically take on.
#3 Establish Routines
Creating habits and routines allows you to free up brain space for more important things like actually completing projects and producing quality work. It sets you up to perform your best and gives you peace of mind, knowing you are living in alignment with your values and priorities. If you do not already have one, take time to decide how you will start and end your day. A quote I love is “wake up with intention, go to bed with satisfaction” which to me means to prepare for success in the morning and celebrate and plan in the evening.
#4 Make the most of your time
Before you walk in the door of the school or work, ask yourself why it is important to be focused and do well. What goals do you have? It only takes a few minutes and will dramatically change your level of presence and productivity. After each activity, reflect on what went well, what could have gone better, and what you need to take action on. Mastering the transitions between events will help you feel more present, accomplished, and connected.
#5 Prioritize yourself first
If something is not on your calendar it is not a priority period. Being too busy, waiting for something to happen first, or postponing it for one day in the future is just an excuse at the expense of your dreams. If something is a priority and truly important to you, make time for it (even a few minutes a day or week). Take time for yourself, your passions, and your goals so you have the mental capacity and energy to do all the things you need to do. This is non-negotiable. How will you prioritize yourself this week? Schedule it.
Using these tips to become more mentally organized will allow you to be more present, prioritize and make progress on YOUR goals, allow you to be more productive, and produce higher quality work. Are you thinking, yes this all sounds great but where do I start? We have the perfect solution for you … Our Mental Organizer is now available and will walk you through this process with a customizable workbook and training series. As a gift, receive 10% off plus 1 BONUS training. All you need to do is click here to purchase and enter code ORGANIZED at checkout. Then, get READY to go to the next level of productivity and performance!
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