Time is valuable; we can’t get more. We can make more money, but not more time. We must learn to value our time — to respect it and to manage it effectively — to live fulfilling lives. Time management isn’t simply about getting more done. Good time management provides health benefits by reducing stress and increasing our level of satisfaction and quality of life.
Are you feeling run down or overwhelmed? Maybe like a hamster on a wheel? It’s likely you haven’t mastered the art of time management. But there is help!
Take a week and write down how you spend every minute. If a week is too overwhelming, try three days. Putting your daily schedule on paper is an eye-opening experience and the key to better managing your time. Once you see how you are actually using your minutes, hours and days, use these tips to wrangle your schedule and start leading a more fulfilling life.
Create Your Foundation
Your foundation is you — you of strong body and mind. How do you ensure a solid foundation? Plan time for healthy eating, exercise and rest. These three things are fundamental to your daily function and should be treated as importantly as any appointment you set. Make these high-priority items as you plan your new daily schedule.
Evaluate Your Mindset
If you’re feeling frazzled, I’d venture to guess that you frequently think thoughts like, “I don’t have enough time to get it all done” and, “There are never enough hours in the day.” Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s change those thoughts to positive. By refocusing our attention and managing our time well, it’s possible to get much more accomplished. Focus on what you CAN do, instead, and you immediately erase a negative outlook. The difference is magical.
It’s also important to value your own time. If you treat your time preciously, others will do the same. You are worth it, and it’s OK to say “no.” Before adding something to your schedule, evaluate your daily plan and prioritize. You can also start your day by reviewing your schedule and identifying the top three things you would like to accomplish. Do this by thinking, “At the end of the day, accomplishing which three things will make me feel most successful?”
Manage Your Tasks
Start by studying your time audit. Did you find wasted minutes? Hours? I bet you did and you were amazed. How can you better use that time? Do you find yourself frequently procrastinating?
With big blocks of time, plan projects, meetings and uninterrupted work time. (Do make sure to schedule larger blocks of “me” time regularly, though!) Fill small blocks of time with personal development, regular breaks, time for social media, emails or quick productive tasks. Could you listen to audio books during a driving commute or read personal development books or journal on the train? Could you pay bills online via your phone while in the waiting room before an appointment? Get creative and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!
You CAN become the master of your time and lead a more fulfilling life. I’m here to help you on your journey. Contact me, Karen David, for wellness coaching and more time management tips. I’d love for you to feel more productive, as well as healthier in mind, body and spirit.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.