TIME – Why is it that some of us seem to have more time than others?
How can some fit so much into their day and others are struggling to even get going?
We all have the same number of hours in a day so it should be simple right?
Our time is valuable and there are many demands on our time :-
- our relationship,
- and of course the main one – time for ourselves.
Life is short! So how do we manage our time effectively and get the most out of each day?
It all comes down to planning, your morning routine, placing a value on your time and getting enough sleep.
I’m a planner and list girl. I love ticking off the list when the item is completed. Being organised and planning will help you define areas in your day and also avoid wasting your precious time. Of course you shouldn’t plan down to the minute because we need to have spontaneity in our life otherwise we would feel like we are on a treadmill and life becomes a drag.
Try this exercise
Take a calendar or diary and write down all you are doing over the next month.
There are the obvious things like work, chores, family commitments (school, sport etc) so log those first. BUT IT CAN’T BE ALL ABOUT WORK
Include time for yourself to relax and for nurturing. ‘Me time’ is very important you also need FREE TIME for you and the family – time to chill out or to be spontaneous and have fun.
Include time with your partner/family – FREE TIME for you and the family – time to chill out or to be spontaneous and have fun. Plan a weekly date night to keep the spark in your relationship.
Include time for exercising – keeping healthy with exercise and eating nourishing food will increase your fitness level and give your more energy.
2. Your Morning Routine Determines what type of day you will have
Are you a morning person? Do you struggle each morning to get a head start on the day? Are you constantly feeling like you are on the back foot?
Starting your day in a positive, organised way will reduce your stress and set you up to have a fantastic day despite what life throws at you! Not only will you be healthier physically but also mentally. You will be more prepared to take on the challenges of daily life.
I have always been a morning person, however, over time I developed habits that were not so healthy. Skipping breakfast did not set me up for a productive day as I was ‘hangry’ (a new term I recently heard angry + hungry would you believe?) by 10am. I couldn’t concentrate and I felt lethargic, lightheaded and irritable.
Using my 6 steps to transform your day you will give you the tools to make sure your day starts smoothly and reduces stress.
3. Placing a Value on Your Time
You’ve heard the saying ‘Time is Money’ well I like to also say ‘My Time is Precious’ and we need to put a value on it. This means that YOU CANNOT BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE ALL OF THE TIME!
Learning to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty is not easy but is so important in maintaining our health and happiness. You need to be selective as to what you can and want to do and have the courage to say ‘No’ when you need to.
We only get one shot at life so we need to use our time wisely.
4. Quality Sleep
We can’t keep up the pace if we don’t get a good night’s sleep. Waking refreshed is an important factor in what your day will be like.
Our bodies need sleep to regenerate and re-energise so make sure that you are getting enough. Put the laptop and mobile phone in another room, make sure you relax your mind before settling down so you clear your mind of worries.
What can you change to make your day better?