How often do you have days where life is seriously hectic? It seems as though you just can’t seem to get a break. If its’ not work or running your business, its laundry, shuttling the kids to activities, grocery shopping, preparing dinner, etc. etc… It may seem like there’s not much time in the day to fulfill your lists, much less having some personal time?
Yet intellectually you know that you will be a much better lover, spouse, father, friend and leader if your life has some measure of balance and you take time to relax and rejuvenate.
We recommend implementing one or all of the following as a beginning to ensuring some “ME” time, and possibly staving off burnout.
One of the things that we all have in common is that we are all limited to 24 hours in any given day. Since you can’t get extra time, you need to free up a few hours a day by delegating some of your tasks. Get the kids and your significant other to help out around the house.
Many entrepreneurs have the attitude that they must do everything in order for the business to run efficiently. However, taking on the burden of doing everything on your own catches up with you at some point. Choose instead to delegate some of your simpler tasks to an assistant or consider outsourcing.
Do One Thing At A Time
Multitasking can be great, but it’s not without drawbacks. Sometimes you waste a lot of time trying to get too many things done at the same time. Instead focus on one project at a time, put your head down and get it done before moving on to the next one. You’ll find yourself getting things done much faster without all the distractions multi-tasking can bring.
In his book The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life, Thomas Sterner shares how practicing mindfulness can enable us to be present in our activity, and that this allows us to be more in alignment with how our brain works. The Practicing Mind is a fascinating read if you’re interested in learning how to master any skill.
Take some “Me” Time
If you fail to make yourself a priority, no one else will. There are always going to be at least 10 other things that you could be doing. It pays to ignore them for a moment and schedule time for you. Get out your daily calendar and block out a few hours each week that are just for you. Unless there is a dire emergency, don’t reschedule. If you don’t have a hobby, this is a great excuse to begin exploring what may become.
These suggestions are a decent place to begin gaining more control over what can be a very hectic life.
Do you have other tips that you can share about gaining control over your day? Drop us a line and let’s vibe for a bit. Peace and Love…