Tricks that I use to get into my zone.
What I do to get ready so I have a decent day and accomplish things that I want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if it’s decluttering, cleaning, organizing, writing, just feeling better about the day, if I want to accomplish something, it helps to set myself up for doing it.
A pattern to get into the zone.
#1 Get ready for the day
First off, I get up in the morning and get dressed and I put shoes on. I’m going to take the kids to school and shoes make me feel like I’m ready for action.
I fix my hair and makeup (one the days I don’t wear makeup, I fix my hair) it makes me feel good about myself. Then when I see myself in a reflection, I feel put together.
And I complete my morning routine.
- Make the bed
- Start the laundry
- Do the dishes
- Clean the counters off
Completing all the chores alleviates the visual reminder that I have things that I need to do.
As soon as that’s done and I can focus on other things.
#2 Make a plan
When the house is overwhelming, or you have a project that feels too big, it’s hard to chunk it down.
Sit down and think through all the things you want to be done, and pick the top 3 most important items.
I like to remember Brian Tracey’s advice:
If you have to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning. If you have to eat two frogs, eat the biggest one first.
That thing that you don’t want to do… get it done first.
And then the day feels so much better.
Things I avoid
🚫 Checking my email first thing in the morning.
Because I will read them, and I will start responding, and pretty soon all my time is gone – or my creativity is because now I’m thinking about all the things people emailed me about.
My best time for any kind of work is the first thing in the morning.
So if I get distracted with checking email, or comments, or see what people are doing on social media, then my whole day is spent, and I don’t get anything done and I feel lousy about myself.
🚫 Listening for notifications
The only notifications I allow on my phone are texts and phone calls.
But a lot of times when I sit down to work in the morning, I’ll turn my phone off so I really can focus.
When I get something accomplished, I feel better, and since my work is done, I can feel good about checking the emails and the notifications.
Other great motivation tools:
What makes the most difference?
Having a plan.
If you randomly work on something, you will only randomly see progress. Have a clear goal in mind. That may be building cleaning/tidying habits or simplifying one room in your home. Either way, have a goal in mind.
Then break it down, give yourself small chunks to work on, and focus on it.
Get up in the morning thinking about it, thinking “this is what I’m going to do today.”
Make your goal manageable.
You want to be able to get up in the morning and know that you can accomplish it and get the job done. If you accomplish more than you set out to do, then great, but at the very least, you have something that you have accomplished and you can feel good about it for the day.