The Most Important Thing To Remember When It Comes to Time Management? It’s You.

Hi, folks. Today this blog is coming to you from the incredible city of Istanbul, Turkey. I’m sitting here in my hotel room looking through my window and out onto these beautiful, shimmering green leaves of the trees outside. After spending the past few months living in the dry sand dunes of Doha, Qatar, this view has me lighting up from the inside out.

It’s also making me feel very reflective.

We have been spending this blog series revealing the best time management strategies for female entrepreneurs, but today I want to approach this topic from a very different angle: one of focusing on how you treat yourself, not your to-do list.

What happens when the list of things you have to finish sitting on your desk is longer than Santa’s Naughty or Nice list? When you have so many to-do’s that the poor piece of paper they’re written on is rolling onto the floor and past the door into the kitchen? There’s no way you’d be able to accomplish everything on it, right? Not as a human. You’d have to be a machine—or hire an entire pole full of elves working on your behalf. I’m guessing neither of these things is true for you. So, naturally, sometimes your tasks don’t get finished. WHICH IS OK. Really. It’s actually ok.

"Naturally, sometimes your tasks don’t get finished. WHICH IS OK."

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But when we don’t accomplish the things on our to-do list, how to we treat ourselves? Not the way we should. If you’re anything like me, you start to take yourself for a dizzying mental spin.

"When we don’t accomplish the things on our to-do list, how to we treat ourselves? Not the way we should."

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“Oh my goodness, I forgot to do this. That’s embarrassing.”

“Oh, no, I didn’t call her. She is going to be so disappointed in me.”

“This didn’t get finished. I totally blew it.”

When we don’t check off every item on our to-do list, we turn the tasks we didn’t accomplish into judgments about ourselves. And that’s not very healthy. But we do it anyway. Why is that?

"When we don’t check off all items on our #todolist, we turn the tasks we didn’t accomplish into judgments about ourselves."

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Today I’d like us to take a completely different approach. Let’s turn it around. At the end of the day, instead of tallying up all of the places we could have been better, I want us to take notice of every single thing we did accomplish.

Did you reply to the email you marked as “unread” in your inbox so you wouldn’t forget to respond?

Good for you!

Were you able to pay one of your vendors for the work they do?

Wonderful!

Did anyone visit your website today? Even one person?

Yes!!!!

What’s amazing about building this habit is that when you start focusing on the positive instead of the negative, you become much more productive . The yucky, brain-clogging, wasted negative thoughts dissipate, and you start to see clearly. When you’re kind to yourself, you remember that you’re ok. The world’s ok. In fact, I believe in being kind to yourself so much that it might just be the most valuable tip in the entire time management series.

"When you start focusing on the positive instead of the negative, you become much more productive."

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If you missed any of the other posts, I encourage you to go back and review them. They’re free and available for you . Here are the last few to get you started:

From Habits To Happiness

Creating—And Sticking To—Habits

Inside Out Time Management: Flipping What You Know On Its Axis

Zen By The Second: An Introduction to Feng Shuiing Your Time

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