Ever been accused of having a dirty mind? I believe you answered my question just reading that sentence. Dirty is how I make a living, or cleaning the dirty rather. I spend the better part of everyday cleaning, researching cleaning, writing about cleaning, teaching people to clean, cleaning, cleaning and cleaning. With all that cleaning I am in constant need of a deep clean of the mind. A mental checking in to make sure I’m sweeping out the stress and making room for crazy.
I get people asking me all of the time how I manage everything in my schedule and what advice I have for them to help them make time. Just like getting the garage ready for summer, you have to find your compartments and put things where they go. I personally meditate on a daily basis and squeeze in a few mins for light yoga to calm my body. And even though finding time can be a chore in itself, it is absolutely necessary. Balance is the key to maintaining motivation. For everything you do around the house, at work, for the family, you also have to do something for yourself.
Prioritize your to do list. I always take the top two things I don't want to do and choose between them. Negotiate with yourself, as long as something that needs to get done, who says it has to be the worst thing? And who says it has to be everything? Do what you can, when you can. Life happens and if you don't give yourself time to breathe you will find that you suddenly hate vacuuming with the same passion as a parking ticket. Another little secret trick I have is making a list in reverse. Make a list of all the things you got accomplished instead of just a list of things to do. It’s the glass half full approach to sizing up your laundry list. The most important thing it you have to give yourself credit for all the things you do, even if it's not on a list. If you broke away and took 30 mins to eat ice cream and paint your toenails instead of dusting the living room, kudos to you. Welcome to living in the moment. Remember, life is crazy, you have to love it where it's at!