Do you notice when you ask someone the question “How are you?”, most people respond with, “I’m good, but it’s been SO busy“! This could be your answer most of the time as well. The fact is that everyone is BUSY. Busy with work, busy with family, busy with life.
The question we need to solve: How do we find time in our busy schedules, so we can do more of what we want and what we love?
Today, I believe we are busier than women in years past. Many women are juggling being mother’s and growing their careers at the same time. If you work in an office or corporate setting you are most likely doing the job that 3 people would have been responsible for years ago. You probably feel awkward leaving the office on time to get home to your family, while your colleagues without kids are still at their desks. Once you are home, after you’ve made dinner and helped with your kid’s homework you are exhausted.Are you looking to find time in your busy schedule, so you can do more of what you want and love? Try these 5 easy changes to create more time... #balance #mindfulness Click To Tweet
If you work from home with kids you are just as busy with balancing home and work life. You’re most likely in a push/pull situation where you sometimes have guilt when you’re on your computer, when you feel you could be starting dinner or tidying up the kitchen.
First things first: We need to get rid of the guilt! Stop feeling bad that you can’t do it all. No one can. Period.
Second: Let’s ask ourselves… HOW can we find time in our busy schedules to create meaningful time with our family, our friends and ourselves.
It’s actually quite simple. Are you ready for what I’m about to say?!
We all need to STOP WASTING TIME!
Let me share a little stat with you all before you wonder what the heck I’m going on about…
According to comScore’s 2017 Mobile App Study, the average American adult spent 2.3 hours every day using apps on their smartphones or tablets. That is 16 hours a week spent scrolling. Ouch.
The question I have for you is… How much of this on-screen time have you spent just killing time or using an app when you’re bored?Want to make more time for the things you love? First things first - Stop wasting time! #mindfulness #balance Click To Tweet
You’ll be surprised how much time we are wasting on our phones. It may seem like just 5 minutes here and there but that quickly adds up to over 2 hours a day. Not good.
Just imagine how being mindful about your phone usage and many other parts of your day will easily give you back time so you can add some more enjoyment into your life.
Here are 5 Easy Ways for You to Find Time in your busy schedule!
#1. Use your phone less.
No kidding, but can you actually do it?! Try this…
Turn off unnecessary app notifications. I understand if you’re looking for a job and you get a notification that a new job has been posted. This is a notification you might still want to keep, BUT you don’t need to know if it’s your turn to play the next level of Candy Crush. Priorities, right?!
Allocate a specific time to check your phone (emails, updates on social media, etc) – but then put it away. This will help you avoid going back and checking your phone a hundred times a day.
Go out without your phone. Shock/horror! Honestly – you can do it 🙂 I go out without my phone sometimes. There is something freeing about not having my phone on me. The first thing I notice when I don’t have my phone is that my behaviour completely changes. For example: If I go to a coffee shop with my phone, you can bet I’m looking at it while taking a sip of my latte, but without a phone I am opening myself up to different possibilities… having a conversation with someone, simply just watching the world go by or writing in my journal.
Since you will be starring at your screen less you’ll give yourself at least an hour back every day. You can use this time in better ways such as reading, talking to a loved one on the phone or simply just relaxing doing nothing!
Once you get this time back regularly you’ll notice that you actually do have time to add some valuable experiences to your day – like going to the park with your kids, having a bubble bath or going on a date with your spouse.
#2. Stop Multi-tasking.
When we multi-task we think we’re saving time and being more productive, but in actual fact, we are taking longer to complete individual tasks.
So, if we are wasting time multi-tasking that would mean that we can a) create more time by focusing on one task at a time and b) be more mindful in our tasks (and relationships) when we are only focused on one thing.
Makes sense right?!
Not yet convinced? Check out this short TED talk on multi-tasking to give you a little perspective on how ineffective it actually is.
Forget multitasking, try monotasking.Always busy? Never feel like you have the time for the things you want to do? Try these 5 simple ways to get more time back in your day. #balance #mindfulness Click To Tweet
#3. Learn to Say No!
Just imagine that you could say no to more things that you don’t want or don’t need to be doing. This will certainly give you some time back out of your busy schedule. I wrote a post on How to Say No without Feeling Guilty and I encourage you to read this when you have a chance. In today’s society, many of us feel we need to be ‘yes’ people most of this time, but this isn’t good for our life balance.
Get in the habit of saying no so you can say yes to more things that are important to you.
#4. Delegate and/or Outsource
Does it feel like you are doing more than everyone else in your house? It’s time to get help. If you have a family watching you do all the tidying you need to have a conversation with them – now! Perhaps your spouse is getting to relax every night on the couch while you’re on your 4th load of laundry, or your kids are leaving a mess behind wherever they go. If this is you, have the talk and get the other members of your family to commit and agree. It’s their house too and by getting help means you can all spend more quality time TOGETHER.
Another solution, if you have the funds, is to outsource. You could pay to get your house cleaned bi-weekly or get your yard tidied up.
One way many of us can also outsource is to order our groceries online and get home delivery. Think of the time saved here!
#5. Turn the TV Off
Okay. we all love our binge-watching, but do you sometimes find yourself watching a show you don’t even like, just so you can kill time? If this is you, please turn off the TV! I’m sure you can find better things to do with your time. This will give you the chance to pick up a book, get outside or play a board game with the family.
There are obviously many ways to find time in our days, but I really feel that the above are some of the easiest solutions that will make an impact on your life immediately.
The whole point of finding more time in our busy lives is to take more control and live your life with intention.
Tell me: Have you tried any of the above and is it allowing you to get more time back in your day? If so, how are you using your time more wisely? Leave a comment below…
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