10 ways to have more control over your time
We all want more time in our day. More time to relax, enjoy our hobbies or just spend time with family. Sometimes it seems that you are just running from one thing to another and you don’t even have time to eat. These tips are to help you slow down and focus on making more time for the things you love.
1. Have a system
Have a place where you keep every appointment or obligation that you have. This can be paper or electronic but just make sure that it is something that you can take with you where ever you go. Make sure to keep it updated and actually use it. One of my favorite planners is the Happy Planner. It’s inexpensive and has space to break up your day.
2. Have others use the system
If you have a partner or kids make sure that you have a system for them adding things to the schedule. Most electronic calendars allow you to share a calendar with others. If you have a paper calendar then make sure others know how to share with you when they have something come up. Maybe you have a master calendar in the kitchen or they can text you when they have an appointment. Having system for others to share their events with you is very important so you don’t overbook yourself.
3. Look at your calendar
Every time you get a new appointment or someone asks you to do something, look at your calendar first. We are so quick to say yes to things before we know if we can actually fit them in. Make sure you are always checking your calendar first.
4. Say no
It is alright to say no to some things and some people. If you know that the project or event is just going to stress you out then don’t feel obligated to do it. It’s your time and you can never get it back. Don’t spend it doing something that just causes you to feel overwhelm. Just simply say “I can’t fit that in but thank you for asking”. You don’t have to give a reason.
5. Think about buffer time
What is buffer time? Buffer time is that time in between events. It’s the time you need to drive some place or to prepare for something. If you have to be at a concert at 6pm and it takes an hour to drive there then you can’t schedule something at 5pm. When you put events on your calendar consider the driving time too or the time to prepare. If you have to get dressed up it might take another hour to get ready so really that concert starts at 4pm. Maybe you just need buffer time to change your mindset for different things. I like to take 5-10 minutes to sit in my car after work so I can change my mind from work to mom.
6. Get up early/stay up later
To get some self-care in I get up early. I’m a morning person so this works for me. Not everyone is a morning person so you need to do what works best for you. Carve out some time just for you. Do something that makes you feel good whether that is reading, exercise or meditation. Make sure that you are remember the most important person in your schedule – YOU!
7. Create white space
Being busy is like a badge of honor now. When someone asks you how you are, do you tell them “I’m busy”. Stop being so busy. Leave some blank space in your calendar to do whatever you feel like doing in that moment. White space isn’t bad. It will help you feel less overwhelmed and give you that down time that you need.
8. Review Schedule
Make sure you are looking at your day ahead of time. Whether you like to do this the night before or that morning, make sure you are reviewing it. This way you know what to expect out of your day. If anyone asks you to do something you know if you have time or not.
9. Guard your schedule
Your time is important and valuable so guard it. If you don;t want to do something don’t even if you have the time. Don’t waste your time doing things you hate. Now there are things we do have to do like work and take care of kids that are not that much fun but I’m talking about the stuff that you don’t have to do. You don’t have to bake cupcakes for the bake sale and you don’t have to help you friend paint their house especially if it takes away time from doing something that makes you happy.
10. Join my challenge
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