If you find yourself always on the go; running from place to place and wishing there was more time in the day then you’re obviously taking on too much work. You need to stop and smell the flowers. Do you really find joy in running around like a chicken with its head cut off? I didn’t think so.
January 21st – 25th (it is the last full work week of January each year) is “Take Back Your Time Week”. Get a grip on your life too because I don’t know how many people live their lives on warped speed. It’s a good time to permanently change your ways so you can enjoy and feel fulfilled each day.
8 Take Back Your Time Tips
1. Set Boundaries
If you’re working from home and you’re working around your child’s schedule, interruptions from outside sources (friends, family, and neighbors) need to know you have a working schedule. You have to be firm with them and straight to the point or they’ll suck up your precious time.
2. Use a Timer
You’ll get more done when you have timed tasks. It’s easy to waste time on checking emails, going on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or some other social site. Even doing research can lead you from one site to another and topic to topic until you realize you’ve forgotten what you were initially searching for.
I know you want to think you’re superwoman and you are, but you cheat yourself by thinking you can do it all. Yes, I know you can do it all; but also have faith in others to help you.
Do things that are meaningful and that have value for you and your family. If you don’t enjoy it, let someone else do it or don’t do it at all if it’s not important.
5. Take Shortcuts
You can save cooking time by taking shortcuts. Forget slaving away in the kitchen daily when you can have simple, quick and nutritious meals. Whoever invented the crock pot is a pure genius!
6. Learn to Say No
No isn’t a bad word. It’ll keep you sane. Don’t let anyone guilt trip you either. You have the choice; do less to get more time for you.
7. Plan Fun Activities
We all need to have balance in our lives. You can keep putting out, but it’s not too fulfilling if you don’t put something back into your life. Do something enjoyable for you and with people you care about.
8. Hire Help
It may not seem cost effective, but some things are worth the price. You can use the time for things that are rewarding and that will bring joy into your life.
Yes, being a Mom can be busy, busy, busy… However, we really CAN take back out time if we put for the effort! I hope that these tips get you started. Please feel free to share any of your own below! I would LOVE to hear them!
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