Busy, busy, busy, busy.
That is how I feel a lot of the time.
There are so many things on all of our plates during the week, and learning how to manage our time can help with actually being productive, and releasing built up tension and stress that comes with hurrying.
Making time for yourself
We live a constantly changing and tight scheduled world. That’s just how it is for most of us, and we accept that as the norm. But what we often times forget is how important it is to take care of ourselves.
What is self care?
Its simply remembering to breathe. Knowing that we cannot and should not control everything, but that we should remember to be mindful of how we are doing, and the care that we take for ourselves as much as the care we give to others. Taking a bath, reading, doing yoga… being able to settle without thinking about our to-do list.
Finding time when you feel like you have none
We can’t add more hours to the day, though that would be nice sometimes. There are some solutions that can help you feel like you have more time though.
Buy a planner
This is a really good idea for keeping all your ducks in a row. With a planner you need to be diligent about keeping it. It should go in your purse or backpack and go everywhere with you, and the one thing that will keep you on track is… to actually use it. This is something I’m doing right now to keep track of everything in my daily and weekly routine.
Don’t schedule too many things per day
The greatest hindrance to my peace of mind is having too many things to do in a day. I get frustrated or tired or stressed about getting places on time when I just want to sleep.
There are some days when we have no choice but to go, go ,go, but if you are able, spread things out. Don’t schedule lunch with your mom right after your 6am meeting and then go to the gym, and then run to the bank, to the grocery store, have coffee with a friend, then to pick up your husband from work because his car broke down, then the kids from school, then, then, then, then…
Space it out.
Schedule things that you WANT to do
A good way to block out some you time in your schedule is to schedule you time. If you want to sit and read for an hour with some coffee, put it on the calendar. This way you treat “you time” as if it’s part of your schedule, and then you won’t schedule other things in its place.
If you need to reschedule, do it
Sometimes you need a rain check, and that is perfectly acceptable.
Learn to say no
This is one of the hardest things to do for some of us. When people know you are reliable (which is a good thing!) sometimes you get a lot asked of you. Learning to say no to something can keep you accountable. When you have so many things on your plate and you try to balance it all in your schedule for the day, it’s like spinning plates. You may keep some of them balanced, but a few might fall. It may be better to say no to something then to try to get it done and not be able to keep your word.
Be kind to yourself and make time to keep yourself healthy, happy and loved.
Have an awesome day!
Author of a Natural Endeavor