Maybe you already know this, but it turns out, many of those “time saving” innovations, like email and smart phones, are actually creating a culture where everything feels like a priority all the time. In today’s society, it can be easy lose control over your time, feel completely stressed out and miserable as a result, and feel powerless to do anything about it. Here’s the good news – YOU can take back control of your time. Here’s how.
Remember Your Time is Valuable
You’d never squander your hard-earned cash on something that wasn’t important. Treat your time the same way. If it’s not aligned with your goals, joys, etc. don’t spend your time on it. And while we’re on the topic of money and time, consider spending money to save time. If you’re spending far too much time on chores or errands, pay someone to do them for you.
Seize the Day
Literally. Get up and out of bed earlier. Even night owls can benefit from an extra half hour or hour in the morning. The earlier you get up and moving, the more you’ll get done before work starts and the less stressed you’ll feel.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
This goes back to your time being valuable. If someone wants your help or asks you to do something, it is okay to say no. Taking on something for someone else gives them control over your time. If you have time and you want to do it, fine, but if not, just say no. And don’t feel guilty.
Breaks make you more productive. For some people, the Pomodoro technique works well. Basically, you work on a task for 25 minutes and take a 3 - 5 minute break. You continue this cycle until either the task is done or you’ve done as much as you can stand.
It’s so easy to get distracted by smartphone pings or email and social media dings. Give yourself a break from all that noise and truly spend time in the moment with the ones you love, doing something you love. It helps your relationships and your state of mind.
Being Busy is Not the Same as Being Productive
Look at everything that feels like it must be done right now. How many of them are actually priorities? Often those errands, tasks, and events can wait. Slow down and focus on what really matters and clear the clutter of busy work.
By taking control of your time, you’ll discover you’re able to accomplish everything want, spend time with people you love, doing things you want to do, and have less stress. Start today!