Do you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to do the stuff you actually want to do? If you’re ready to change that, keep reading. The solution may be as simple as putting it on your schedule or calendar.
Yes, I know…, we are busy, and we have a lot to do every day. But we also waste a ton of time on things that aren’t that meaningful to us. We end up spending five minutes to an hour here and there on social media (scroll hole!) or playing around on our phones. At night, we sit down and end up watching two to three hours of Netflix. All of this is time that we could have used for something we actually wanted to do. Instead, we got distracted and those precious minutes slipped away without notice.
So, what do we do about it?
The solution: become more aware of your time and to schedule things that are important! This includes things you have to do like going to work, cooking dinner, and taking the kids to soccer practice. But it’s not only these everyday tasks, more importantly, it should also include blocks of time to do what we really want to do.
Example: let’s say your goal is to improve your health and get in better shape. You’d love to walk every day and take a yoga class twice a week. You know it would help you destress and sleep better.
You do… you just have to become aware of it.
Figure out what’s important to you and what you really want to do. Do not think this is being selfish! Taking care of yourself and your own needs makes you a better mom, spouse, friend, and coworker. Then put it on the calendar. Schedule or block out time to read in the morning, go for a walk after dinner, or hit the gym on your lunch break. Set aside time to get back into practicing yoga or to rediscover a favorite hobby.
Taking care of yourself and your own needs makes you a better mom, spouse, friend, and coworker. Do not think this is being selfish!
Yes, this will not be easy at first, and you’ll be tempted to do something “important” instead. Don’t give in to that temptation. Use the time you’ve scheduled to actually do and enjoy the things you really want to do. After a week or two, you’ll be able to do it without feeling guilty about spending time on what you want instead of what you “should” be doing. Trust me, there will be plenty of time for everything else and the things that are important and urgent will get done the rest of your day.
Using a schedule this way will help you focus your time and it gives you more control over how you spent it. You’ll be less likely to waste it on things you don’t really care much about. And that’s a very good thing!
You MUST become aware of your time. If not, you will spend your entire life wasting it.