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Chief Operating Officer
I love learning how others organise themselves in order to set themselves up for success. We’ve all (well ok so some of us) have heard the phrase, even Beyonce has only 24 hours in a day. However I actually have no idea how she spends her average day. How do busy, successful, seemingly thriving people organise their lives to get through it all?
I wish more people laid down what works for them – openly and honestly – in more interviews / interactions with the general public. It’s not because I want to be nosy that I want to know, I guess I want a benchmark for what’s achievable. If there’s a highly successful, organised, fit, well groomed woman I see in the press, with a tidy home, 7 children and her sanity in check, I’d like to know if she has an army of helpers…just so I know to ease up on trying to compare myself with her. Yes, yes, I know I shouldn’t be comparing myself in the first place, but I come from a culture that always asks, ‘Does she have two heads?’ ie if he/sh a regular human can do it, why can’t you do it too?
Putting it on paper is so important
So I’ve decided to lead by example. I will not claim to be all the aspirational adjectives I’ve laid out above, but boy I’m a trier! When I was set to return to work after having my second Muse, I sat down and had a talk with myself. I needed to work out how I was going to organise myself to get through the days and the weeks. Here are my two starting pieces of advice:
So once I had this idea, I literally created a spreadsheet that had the days of the week along the top (Monday – Sunday) and the big chunks of the day, down the left hand side (pre 9am, 9-12, 12-3, 3-6, 6-8 and 8-10.30). The things that made the foundation of my spreadsheet spaces were the following:
So what else is important to me that had to fit around all of this?
The hacks that seem to be working for me
Are you tired yet? I’m tired just writing this! So what have I done to organise myself so I don’t drown simply trying to live? I’ve mentioned the spreadsheet, that’s basically where all the plans live, but these are some other things I’ve learned to do:
So that’s it! An honest account of how I’m surviving. I’m sure some will read this and feel suffocated at how I organise everything. In the past I think I would have been embarrassed by this, but now I’m not in the slightest. It’s what I need to be able to function and to achieve what I want to achieve. I don’t ever want to achieve success at the expense of what is truly important to me. For this reason I lay those things down first and build everything else around it. I would love more people – or being honest – more women to share the details of how they make all they do possible. I’m sure we could learn so much from each other.
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