Mental Yoga: A Six-Step Guide To Making Time For The Activities You Love

Time Management

Everybody struggles with not having enough time. This is such a common issue that a lot of people have given up even trying to make more time for themselves.
However, there are certain methods you can use to make time for things you want to do.

1) Identify All The Time Wasters

Everyone has time wasters. What are these? They’re just things people do that don’t contribute to their lives at all: they don’t help them relax, but they also don’t help them get things done.
Watching TV or surfing the internet are great examples of time wasters. These things can indeed help you relax. However, if you go overboard with them, you’ll find that all they do is consume your time.
Pay close attention to these things, and once you’ve identified them, make a conscious effort to cut them out. This will free up time for you.

2) Start Scheduling Your Time

This works great for some, but not for others. Give it a try to find out if it helps you. After getting rid of time wasters, you should start planning out your time.
By doing this, you might find more time wasters that you didn’t know about before. Additionally, it will help you figure out exactly which things you should spend more time on than others.

3) Group Activities Together

Regardless of whether scheduling works for you or not, you should think about which activities go together. Why? This will help you waste less time.
For example, when it comes to errands, running as many as possible on the same day is a better idea than spreading them out. You’ll spend less time going back and forth this way, thus freeing up time.

4) Take A Close Look At Your Routine

Many people have routines that they’ve fallen into. On occasions, these routines are not very time-efficient. If this is your case, start thinking of changing up your routine.

5) Saying ‘No’ Is Not Always Bad

If you feel obliged to constantly help out people in your life, maybe it’s time to stop. Helping others is great from time to time, but when it’s taking a toll on your life, it’s not all that good.
If you have an already-crowded schedule, and you just can’t seem to find time for yourself, think about cutting back on favors for others. Remember that you have a life you need to take care of first, before you can start helping others.

6) Get Distractions Out Of The Way

After having planned your activities carefully, ensure that you spend time doing what you actually planned on doing. If you planned to study, for example, but end up listening to music, it’s a sign that you need to change something.
Distractions are all around, so cutting out as many as possible will help keep on track.
Putting thought into your schedule will help you get more time to spend doing things you love. Whether that’s reading, meditating, running, or cooking, if you like doing it, it’s important. Your schedule should allow you the time you need to do the things you love.

 

 

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