Parenting

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

I am so thrilled to announce that I’ve been chosen as a “Mrs. No-Nonsense” mom by Niagara Water.

In case you didn’t already know, Niagara Water is no-nonsense water for no-nonsense people. In fact, they asked me to make a little video about my no-nonsense ways and to share a tip or two with you.

 

One of the things people ask me about a lot is how I get everything done. I run my own business, my husband runs his own business, and we have two kids.

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

So, how does it all happen? I rely on one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” To me, that means that you can spend a lot of time making each thing perfect, or you can actually accomplish something! How does that play out in practice? Let’s say I have this to-do list:

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

That’s a lot of stuff to do. I can either spend several hours on each task, making sure it’s perfect, or I can get the whole list done. As you might imagine, I choose to do the whole, entire list. That may mean that not everything on the list is done perfectly. You may not be able to eat off of my floors, but hey, I’ve got a table, so you don’t have to.

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

Now, I didn’t just come to this ability to do things quickly on my own. I actually really had to tame down my natural tendency to be a perfectionist. One of the ways I do that is by using a timer. When I’m facing a big to-do list, I break it down into smaller chunks, and then set a time for each of those chunks.

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

So, let’s say “clean the kitchen” is on my to-do list. Obviously, I could spend 3 hours cleaning my kitchen, but I don’t have three hours. Instead, I give myself 20 minutes. I set the timer, turn on some music and spend 20 minutes cleaning the kitchen. Whatever doesn’t get done in those 20 minutes will just have to wait. My kitchen isn’t perfect, but it’s clean enough.

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

Using the timer makes my list seem less overwhelming, and also keeps me on task. I use this technique with my older son and his homework as well. When he has one of those days or weeks with just too much homework I help him break it into manageable chunks, and then set the timer.

The No-Nonsense Way to Get Stuff Done

Niagara Water wants to know what your no-nonsense tips for getting stuff done are. You can share them at Facebook for a chance to win $100, and take a minute to learn what other busy people are doing.

This post was sponsored, but all ideas are my own.