Make Time for Yourself – Whether you go for a run in the morning or read a good book at night, you need personal time. This will allow you to be more focused and motivated to handle your responsibilities. There needs to be a good balance!
Keep Track of Your Time – By becoming aware of what tasks you spend the most time on, you may be able to evaluate your routine and see if changes need to be made.
Create Goals – Are you working towards something in your life? Often if you feel as though you have a meaningful goal that you are trying to achieve, the daily stress seems fulfilling. Also if you don’t have specific goals, it is difficult to focus on what is most important. Set goals in areas of your life that are important to you. It is helpful to set short term goals that can be achieved in a month or less. It is encouraging to be able to look at the month and see real accomplishments.
Some suggested areas for goals are:
- Personal development
- Health and Fitness
- Enrichment – such as reading a book on a topic that interests you
- Financial – could be as simple as making a list of income and expenses
Stay Organized – When your life is organized, you naturally grant yourself more time. Set up a simple system to organize your home and your responsibilities. If there is something that you need to do, then do it first. You will find this is freeing. Instead of dreading the task, complete and forget.
Simplify Tasks – Instead of an elaborate plan, do the basics. Setting high standards in every area of your life can be overpowering. It is easy to get caught up in doing everything perfectly and then you wind up not getting much done at all. Maintain this organization system so you don’t have to have a declutter project later.
Ask for Help – You are not a super hero! If you honestly need help, ask for it. Do you have family that can share the chores? It actually builds teamwork to share in the chores as well as the fun. It is so easy to try and do everything yourself, but then others do not learn how to care for themselves and may have a unrealistic idea of what it is like to care for a place by themself. I had plenty to do around the house when I was growing up, but then it was not a shock when I married and had a family of my own. I knew how to cook and clean and take care of myself. Sometimes one person just can’t accomplish everything. This is what family and friends are for!
Just taking a little time to organize and plan you time and your life can give you more time to enjoy your life and all it has to offer.
Take just a moment right now and write down some changes you will make to give yourself a break!