Welcome to week 3 of the love your life challenge. This is the final week of the challenge. How are you FEELING?
This week I am introducing a new tool: The Snappy Nappy Technique
I'm going to share with you a strategy I use that I call "the snappy nap technique." It is one of the strategies that has allowed me to stay home with my kids while also building a coaching business. And, it has allowed me to work less than 15 hours a week on my business (during nap time) so that I can enjoy a few hours of my paid child-care for personal enjoyment. :) Now, if you don't have a child at home that naps you can still do this, but most of my readers are mothers to young children and nap time is precious "ME time."
It all starts with a timer. (The one on your phone works great and you can also search the APP store.)
You may have already heard of this technique referred to as the Pomodoro Technique. It was created by an Italian student who realized that he was having a hard time studying really big and important concepts. So, he took out a kitchen timer (which happened to be shaped like a tomato- "pomodoro" in Italian.) He set his timer for 25 minutes then sat down to study. When the timer went off he took a break; walked around the block, did something relaxing... Then he came back to his studies and set the timer again for 25 minutes.
Sounds doable enough right?! He found that he could get really focused using this technique and was able to do what he previously thought was only possible in long stretches of time in very short, focused bursts. And let's be honest here- most of us mamas only HAVE short bursts of time, when the baby naps. (Mamas of newborns who only nap in 30 minute increments, it gets better... I promise!)
"The Snappy nap" technique allows you to hack your brain. It retrains you to focus on the moment in front of you. During this short burst of time you use your energy to hone in on ONE THING AT A TIME. You are going to love this because these short, focused bursts of energy without distractions are going to lead you directly to that core desired feeling.
If you start with the technique we talked about in week 1, followed by honing in on a "Important, but not urgent" task that has the potential to make you feel your CDF THEN spend 25 minutes on a that behavior (which you may have previously been putting off because you don't have "time") you will get into the zone and build momentum very, very quickly.
"The snappy nap" technique is all about making incremental progress instead of just putting things off or forcing yourself to slog through something.
Are you ready? OK, let's put that baby to bed and get cracking!
As always, here is my invitation to stay committed to living a life you love...
Week 3: Commitments
Choose three things off your to-do list for today.
This should be something that fills you with your core desired feeling (Does folding laundry REALLY fit the bill?! If it doesn't make you feel your CDF decide to do it at another time) and something you are certain can be completed start-to-finish during your baby's nap or child's quiet time (1.5 hours- fingers crossed!) Using "the snappy nap" technique to do it will help you see how much more quickly you can complete this task.
To get some ideas, check out your urgent and important and not urgent, but important lists. If they include mostly open ended, ongoing projects, then you will want to se benchmarks for them to better measure your progress. Measuring your accomplishments may also bring on that CDF and this will keep you motivated to keep going. Also, the length of nap-time can very depending on your child. To learn more about how much sleep you child needs check this out.
If you need some ideas to get you started, check out this list:
- Take your own nap
- Do something productive like work on your own personal blog
- Give yourself a massage
- Make a cup of tea, let it cool to your optimum tea drinking temperature, then actually drink it without doing anything else
- Prep dinner
- Send a friend a heartfelt email checking in with her and telling her about how you are doing
- Make a list of fun outings for you and your baby
- Have a long shower…
- ….get dressed…
- …put on make-up…
- …and do your hair (or all four, depending on how many pomodoros you can get in)
- Menu plan
- If your partner is around, talk :)
- Write thank you notes from your baby shower
- Read some blog posts
- Pin some things
- Check your email and unsubscribe to lists that you no longer want to be on
- Tackle the dreaded laundry basket
- Unloading the dishwasher
- Paint your nails
- Have a friend over for a visit
- Read a book or a magazine
- Do some online shopping
- Watch that youtube video everyone has been telling you about
- Fix that thing that's been driving you crazy
- Clean out your closet
- Call your mom
- Make another cup of tea
- Pay your bills
Now that you have decided what to do, when the time is right, put your child down for their nap/ set them up with a quiet activity and set your timer for 25 minutes.
Take your list (or mine if you need ideas), get your timer, and begin your chosen task for 25 minutes.
Take a 5 minute break
During your 5 minute break you could:
- stop what you are doing
- Stand up
- walk around
- grab a snack
- go outside to breath some fresh air
- have a personbal dance party
- write someone a text
- take an extra long bathroom break
- check the baby monitor to determine if you can do another pomodoro :)
Rinse and Repeat!
P.S. to schedule your FREE planning session to uncover your core desired feelings and your hidden blocks that prohibit you from loving your life click here.