Posted in Equestrian Advice
So, last week I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who was curious to find out how I managed to be so productive and achieve everything that I do, even though we share the same 24 hours in a day.
For those of you that don’t know me, I work for another two businesses as well as managing my own, I also have my own horse and myself to work out. Plus, I have a social life and a boyfriend to fit in to the equation as well!
So, I guess I am very productive and I tried to think how is it that I manage to do everything that I do so that I could share it with you lovelies that are struggling to spin so many plates.
Tip 1 – Wake up and work it out! I recommend that you wake up at 6 am and dedicate one full hour to mentally preparing yourself for the day ahead. I know a lot of people prefer to wake up and start with a work out or an early morning ride to boost their mood. I prefer to wake up and enjoy a quiet hour to myself. I make a cup of tea, cuddle my dogs and read a bit of my book. Right now I am reading Daniel Priestly’s – How to Become a Key Person of Influence. I highly recommend it! I find that even sparing five minutes to read a book like this helps motivate me for for the day ahead. I also normally, look in my day planner and try to devise a tick list for that day. I normally set 2 personal goals plus all of my work goals. Two of my personal goals might be to clean my tack after riding that day and then sort my laundry out.
Tip 2 – Prepare for the next day. Before I go to sleep I always prepare for the next day, I will lay out my outfit and ensure I have everything I need in my bag, ready to take with me. This small bit of organisation will help me to save time the next day and allow me to have that 1 hour for myself in the morning. You will soon find that after you have made the effort to do this a couple of times it will become second nature.
Tip 3 – Get enough sleep! We all may like to think that we are invincible but the truth is we need a minimum of 7-8 hours sleep to be able to function properly. So ensure that you get enough sleep or you could see a big dip in your performance and health.
Tip 4 – Prepare everything. I am a bit of an organisation freak but trust me if you learn to become organised, your life will become SO much easier. For example, I am always in a rush to ride due to my hectic schedule. So in the tack room I ensure all my equipment is laid out so that I can grab it and tack up in a hurry. I keep my gloves, brushes, hoof pick and boots all in one mesh bag and even a sponge to wipe my mare down after I have ridden. I don’t have to make repeated trips as I can carry everything together and I save time which means I can spend longer riding!
Tip 5 – Get a planner.
I highly suggest that you invest in good day planner and you worship it, take it everywhere with you. You can buy one for a few pounds from most places. Also, don’t make the mistake of buying a big planner that is so big you will overfill it and over task yourself. Plus, if it too big, it just won’t fit in any of your bags as I soon discovered! I use my planner to plan out my week. I have also found that it helps me to ensure I make time for my family, friends and boyfriend too.
*TOP TIP* Ensure to fill your planner up with aims, activities and holidays this will keep you happy and motivated and remember life isn’t completely about work and a tidy house.
Tip 6 – Get help! Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. For example why don’t you find a reliable person at your stable yard and work on helping each other out, even if it is taking it in turns to turn out or bring in.
But most importantly don’t forget to enjoy your life and prioritise what makes you happy!