When I talk about getting organized, I hear back that getting ahead is the equivalent of getting organized. By getting ahead, it’s about being proactive, anticipating and being prepared. Being organized often means being in control, and getting and staying ahead of the game is just how to do so.
Getting ahead of the game at home
Just what does getting ahead of the game at home look like? This can take many forms in your home. It’s creating a meal plan, shopping and getting dinner done on Sunday to be ready for the week. It can be prepping the night before so you are ready to conquer the day. You may choose to get up early, take quiet time or exercise alone, so you can be ahead of getting your kiddos up. You can choose what means getting ahead to you as you know specifically what matters most in being proactive and organized.
Getting ahead of the game at work
At work, getting ahead means anticipating the day and the work you will accomplish. A first step is setting your day up for success with a proactive calendar. Having a power hour will help you prioritize and manage your day, so you can accomplish what is most important early in the day. Anticipate where distractions and interruptions occur so you can maximize your time to do your work.
Getting ahead of the game in taking care of yourself
Article after article talks about sleep and it’s importance in our daily functioning. Often I hear, “l’ll catch up on sleep later.” There’s conflicting research on whether you can catch up on sleep debt, although it’s not wise. Stay ahead of the game with prioritizing sleep, exercise and good nutrition. Rather than sleep less, underschedule your time to be sure you can complete what you commit to. Review your schedule to assess and see what you can release to free up time to add in exercise. Make a simple meal plan and grocery list for food that even your grandmother can name the ingredients. Be sure you have added time into your calendar for your self care.
What’s the real benefit of getting ahead of the game? It’s about your confidence to conquer what’s next. You are going to feel accomplished and prepared. Isn’t that the best feeling in the world?
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