By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator

There’s never enough time. From trying to build businesses and brands, balancing other jobs and plans, managing our own daily needs, and even sometimes preparing and taking care of other people’s lives… how is it possible to get it all done without losing yourself? Use these 5 steps to stay on top of your energy and time management!

Step #1: Write down everything you typically do in a day.

List everything you do daily and be sure to include everything: emails, cooking, cleaning, exercising, errands, work, chores, walking the dogs, commuting time and travel, everything.

Step #2: Determine your three action items.

From that list, highlight the three most important daily action items that will set the tone for you for the rest of the day. Ask yourself, what are those three things that I can do that will allow everything else to fall into place? For example, one of those daily action items might be getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Step #3: Be your own auditor.

Audit your list to highlight those activities that u aren’t crazy about and figure out if you can outsource one or a few of those items. For instance, if you dread folding laundry, asking your kids to pitch in would be a great option or if the kids have their own busy schedules to keep, another thought may include using a laundry service every so often!

Step #4: Identify your zone of genius

We all have that special sauce; that “IT” factor unique to ourselves. In this genius zone, we are thriving and we are happy. In this zone, we are “honing our craft.” Be sure that you spend your energy and your time in this genius zone each and every day.

Step #5: Get real with yourself

Today it can be said that busyness is socially acceptable. Many get caught up with guilt and shame if they find themselves with some free time. Do you have any guilt or shame around your time and being busy? Do you only consider it a success if you are on-the-go from sunrise to sunset? If this rings true for you, return to the old saying “quality over quantity.” We are in such a hurry to check things off our lists which usually results in doing without thinking. How wasteful would it be for you to repeat the same task over and over because busyness took over? Instead, connect your work with your desired outcome. When you remove what’s not essential, you are making time for what really matters.

Life is long and if we play our cards right, we can do most of the things we’ve always wanted. And this starts with managing your energy so you can focus on the things you enjoy and leave the things you don’t. Start now by asking yourself: “What’s the one thing I can do today to improve my energy?”

WYAO Hawaii is designed to support companies in the shift from an ‘activity-based’ wellness program to a thriving, integrated results-oriented wellness system. We are grounded in a nationally recognized and research-based model to assist companies through a seven-step sequence toward Workplace Wellness Success.

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