The Art of Efficiency

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Everybody’s different when it comes to scheduling & proficiency. Some people can work until ridiculous o’clock at night with a glass of wine, some others prefer to hit the gym at 6 in the morning & get to work right after…

I am not afraid to say that I am not the smartest, the prettiest or the most talented. Not at all. However, working hard has always been my biggest asset & I managed to go farther than a lot of very smart, pretty & talented people just because of my workaholic skill. As soon as I graduated from LaSalle College, I joined the early birds club as well as the wine club… Probably not a very healthy thing to do, but easily manageable considering I’ve always been extremely passionate by my career.

About a year ago, no matter how hard I was willing to work, I could no longer keep up with my responsibilities simply because I was running out of time. There’s only 24 hours in a day after all…

Ice skating & fashion design are the 2 things that I do. As we speak, I skate 18 ice shows a week, lead the design of a lounge wear collection, operate the startup of my own ice show business & run this blog to promote the whole thing. Sounds like a lot. Feels like a lot.

Soooooo, in order to make it work, I came up with a couple of life hacks to be more efficient. Since it was helpful for me, I wanna think it could be helpful for you too!

1.WAKE UP & PLAN

Not fun. But it has to happen. The earlier the better. Regardless of what happened the night before, I strongly believe that 7 is the perfect time to make yourself a coffee & set some goals. That part is not that simple when you are a freelancer & you can make up your own schedule, but you can’t expect to have a productive day if you start it all wrong.

2.CUT THE CRAP

I realized that I was getting distracted way too often by messages, emails & social medias. It does feel like work when I reply to someone on Instagram since I am trying real hard to grow my audience. However, it is not time effective at all to always stop what I am doing to check how many people liked my latest picture…

To avoid wasting time on stupid things like that, every morning as I plan my day & set my goals, I separate my schedule between the online & the offline work. Internet is essential for sending & researching things, but not essential at all when it comes to sketch clothes or write emails. As a result, the quality of what I do while I’m offline is higher because I am more focus + I get it done way faster. Perfect.

3.WORK IT

Being active is the solution to many problems. Working out gives me so much power, mentally just as much as physically. 18 shows a week might bit a little excessive & I will certainly not keep that pace forever, but my 10 years in the ice show has been hell of a life training.

4………………

Some people think a lot before making a decision… Some others are very spontaneous… To a different level, this factor also has an important impact on the optimization of your time in a day.

In the show, there’s no time for thinking. The tricks, the lights, the costumes, the props, the audience… No matter what’s going on, it has to be fast & seamless. In front of my computer, it’s the exact opposite… Like most people working in an office, I used to always take my sweet time to do everything perfect. When my schedule got crazy, I started to use my skating attitude in business & it was one of the best decision of my life. Overthinking is not very helpful anyway & most of the time, the first idea is the best idea.

Yes?

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