No grit, No Pearl

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Top: Zara | Pants: Zara | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Zara | Sunglasses: Quay Australia

When I saw this bell sleeve top on Zara’s website I got soo excited about the tiny pearl details and knew that I had to have it!  I’ve always loved pearls, especially when I first laid eyes on Holly Golightly (hero) in  Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Speaking of pearls, one of my favorite mottos is “No Grit, No Pearl.”  We all want to be the pretty shiny, beautiful pearl, but it takes hard work and a little elbows  grease to get there, aka -the tiny bit of grit inside the oyster shell.

 

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One of the best ways I keep up with meeting my goals and working my way through the grit is through utilizing and tackling my to do list.  Without it I would be completely lost and pretty aimless when it comes to accomplishing my daily tasks and goals.  Sometimes my list gets a little daunting, and you are probably familiar with the felling, when your list has spilled into two columns vs. one and you run out of space and have to flip the page… it gives me anxiety just thinking about it.  It’s an extremely normal feeling to feel overwhelmed and like you can’t keep up with it all!  The tips below have helped me the most in terms of accomplishing my daily tasks that over time add up; and have helped me to accomplish my bigger goals.

 

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  1. Prioritize your to do list.  A friend taught me this hack (shout out to Sarah 🙂 ) and it has brought my productivity game to a whole different level!  At the beginning of the day evaluate your to do list and mark off the top three tasks that you have to get done that day, and then knock them out first thing in the morning.  Seriously, try this tip and you will be astonished at how productive you feel right off the bat!
  2. Focus on one task at a time.  My natural instinct is to try to tend to everything on my list all at once.  I’ll be answering a vendor phone call while rummaging through my email looking for a spreadsheet, all while trying to trying to train an intern on how to file an expense recap.  When you find yourself stuck in this crazy whirlwind, stop and try to focus on one thing at a time, write the other interruptions down on your list as they come up and tend to them later.  I’d rather give my 100% to one task at a time then 25% to 4 tasks all at once.
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  3. Give email it’s own spot on the list.  Similar to the point above, do you ever find it difficult to focus on a task because your email keeps dinging at you with requests?  I read an article online that suggested treating your inbox as it’s own separate bullet point on your to do list.  I always set aside 45 minutes to an hour in the mornings to solely focus on my inbox and evaluate what all I need to respond to, file away, or work on that day.  This way you aren’t constantly distracted because your inbox keeps pulling you away.
  4. Time Block!  This time management hack has changed my work efficiency the most dramatically!  Some projects can easily be knocked out in a day while others may take more time.  For the projects that take longer than a few hours to get done I’ll set aside time blocked sections of my day to focus on them.  I will set a timer on my phone and focus solely on that one task, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  By providing yourself these timed out sections, you can work more efficiently without wasting time.  It’s hilarious because my boss says he always hears alarms going off in my office.pearl details top
  5. Be kind to yourself.  It’s okay to not be perfect, nobody is!  One of my favorite books The Four Agreements states “Always do your best.  Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.” Even if my personal best for the day is only mediocre compared to my best self yesterday, that’s okay!  If we always tried to beat our previous “best” we would certainly burn out, and fast!  Instead, focus on doing you best for that day and be kind to yourself, nobody is perfect after all!

 

 

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