You only have 24 hours in a Day.
Actually, no you’re mistaken.
You only have 24 hours minus (8 hours of sleep.. of course assuming you get a full 8 hours)
You only have 16 hours a day.
Unless of course you work a 9-5
You only have 8 hours a day.
Minus travel time to & from work/events, Minus time spent eating (in order to survive), Minus time spent with your family, friends, boyfriend, dog..
You ONLY have ______ a day = ____ % of Energy a day.
In my latest YouTube video, I interviewed Hannah Tan, a stunning woman- who is a popular actress/singer in Asia and a digital influencer on a global stage, and in that interview I asked how she stayed so happy in an industry that can be stressful, tiring, tough. And she said we only have a fixed amount of energy. Mental, physical, emotional energy .. and how we decide to proportion where that energy is spent is integral to happiness.
This struck a chord.
In the world of a business woman (audible gasp, dare I say the term I told myself I would NEVER relate to?), though indeed, blogging and building a brand is .. building a business. And this world requires the mental, physical and emotional energy that spans further than one of a regular 9-5. Because folks, work doesn’t stop at 5 pm. Work.. doesn’t stop. And no complaints here, but it got my brain juices working.
How can I proportion the limited energy I have and dedicate it fairly to not only my work. but the relationships I have as well as the relationship with MYSELF? How to I replenish the juices (haha) when they dry out and still stay grateful?
And though I am FAR from accomplishing it, I only have 24 hours a day, and these steps are helping me proportion my energy so far!
1. FOCUS on ONE THING at a time (stop ‘multitasking’ ladies)
Am I the only one who feels like I get more work done in a shorter time when I have less time?
If there is one thing I got out from my Psychology degree is that ‘multitasking’ is a myth. Yes ladies, I’m talking to you. There is no multitasking- what multitasking is, is basically shifting your focus back and forth. I am guilty of this- I do this especially when I get bored of a task quickly. I go to Youtube –> FinalCut –> Facebook —> Emails —> back to YouTube—> then to Twitter
You catch my drift. But when I have less time, I know I HAVE to get this one thing done and in no time- It’s done and I get on with other things.
So focus. Focus, get it done fast and use your energy less on procrastination so it can go where it matters.
2. When you’re with your loved ones, BE THERE
I admit this is one of my biggest .. umm.. problems? My brain has a tendency to be thinking about something else when I’m with family. And I admit, living at home can make one take family for granted. I’m trying to keep family movie night without my laptop (who is also like family- only not alive), and date nights without my phone (though I get 5 minute phone breaks here and there) 😉
3. Don’t be a Laptop Potato
Similar to couch potato, where you sit on the couch and eat chips all day, there is also equal harm being a LAPTOP POTATO. I don’t know about you but I’m facing my laptop 10-12 hours a day, legs crossed, butt cheeks on stools/chairs/bed/floor and IT. HURTS. MY. ASS.
Also it’s terrible for your body and health, so take mini breaks and stretch, AT LEAST stretch.
So IN A NUTSHELL:
FOCUS, so you have less mental energy wasted on procrastinating
PRESENCE, so you spend your emotional energy with people you actually care about and not stressing about work
MOVEMENT, so you don’t get mentally tired because your body is stiff and tired.
You can watch my interview with Hannah Tan below:
Don’t forget, take a deep breath and smile,
You’ve only got 24 hours in a day. COMMENT BELOW and let me know how you plan to spend your 24 hours wisely.