Most women I know would get pretty wide-eyed and concerned if they overheard someone calling them a “beast”. But, guess what? Not me. I have been called a “blogging beast” recently by a fellow blogger. What makes me a “beast”? Well, according to her it is the fact that I put out new self-written content almost daily.
But interestingly a few other people in my life, including family members, have also made comments about my “beastly” characteristics. I am regularly asked “how I keep up with it all”, and “where do I find the time”. My husband is regularly telling me to “slow down” because I tend to operate at 100 mph from the moment I wake up. Is this something I consciously do? Well, yes and no.
Part of my beastliness is ingrained in my personality. Be it nurture or nature, or most likely a combination of — I have always gone through life intensely, passionately, and at top speed. Do I mean to always operate like this? Honestly, no — at least I don’t believe so. But, there are a few decisions that I make every day that contribute to living and operating “like a beast”, “like a boss,” and ultimately like someone who is so driven to reach a certain goal or live their life in a certain way.
Here are my tips for how to regularly operate in “beast mode”:
- Get at least 5 hours of sleep a night. Go to bed by 11pm or midnight if/when possible.
- Wake up between 5am and 5:30am each day. Do this consistently. Yep, even on the weekends.
- Do work in the morning right when you wake up. Whether it is work on the computer, a load of laundry, unloading the dishes, sending a necessary email — sit with your coffee and try to “knock out” one, or two, or three of your daily tasks before anyone else wakes up. This is imperative!
- Use every minute of “free time” wisely. I have been told that I don’t stop moving, and those that say that are right. I am constantly completing tasks or at minimum, thinking and planning for their completion.
- Tackle tasks simultaneously. If you can get two tasks done completely at the same time (i.e. throwing in a load of laundry and sending emails while the wash is going on) then do it.
- Always have a general plan for your day with necessary and productive time blocks. Need tips on time-blocking with kids at home? JamieVC has some for you.
You must take into account that my “beast mode” may differ from yours, and you may have your own tips, tricks, and ways about you which make you “beastly”. Still, one thing that all “beasts” have in common is that we live life intensely, with passion (for something or for anything) being our main motivator.
Listen, some people have said that I cannot and will not be able to sustain my current pace, but I sure as heck am going to try. I live and thrive at the pace of a “beast”, it’s where I am most comfortable and most productive. Being a “beast” has really helped me get my groove back.
That being said, I do understand the need for breaks and ultimately, balance. Making time for such and not feeling guilty about it is something I am working on. Until I am able to successfully operate in a completely “balanced beast mode”, I am going to give myself the freedom to drop the ball, and I want you to as well.
The fact remains that even beasts need to briefly rest to rejuvenate their motivation.
Okay, that was a good quick break…Beast mode reactivated.