Don’t you feel that there’s always so much to do that you end up missing on the important things in life? Doesn’t it ever feel that you’ve spent away all your time on things and suddenly realize that so many important years of your life have simply disappeared? Haven’t you ever wished for a job or a lifestyle that would allow you to spend more time on yourself? Well, you can easily do everything that you’ve been missing out without having to change your job or your lifestyle. All you need to do is to change a few habits and practices. Every individual has the same amount of time. The difference is that some manage to make the most out of their time while others end up wasting too much of their time. Ever wondered why this happened? Well, it’s simple. The ones who actually found some “me time” are the ones who understand the importantance of time management and the need to balance things out. And you could do this as well. All you need to do is follow these simple tips.
Learn when to say no
If you say “yes” to everything that is thrown at you, you will never get free time for yourself. You need to start becoming over protective about your time and start saying “no” to the non-essential things at work or at home.
Eliminate time wasters from your life
Take a closer look at your schedule. Every individual has something or the other on his or her schedule that isn’t really necessary. There are a number of ways to reduce or eliminate such things. And they could be as simple as surfing certain websites more than necessary, spending too much time chatting by the water cooler, watching TV, chatting on the phone or giving too much of time to social media websites.
Make a Wish List
Having a wish list is an excellent way of reminding yourself to spend some time with yourself. Once you make a wish list, you’re bound to think about it every once in a while. This should allow your mind to focus on your wants and wishes for once. It is also important to rank these wishes in order of importance.
Cut back on your emails
One of the biggest problems for most people is the number of emails that they get on a daily basis. In fact, emails end up taking a major chunk of the first few hours in the office. The best way to cut back on your mail is to choose 2 – 3 time periods and space it throughout the day. This should not only give you a break from work, but also allow you to address your emails. And remember, try to keep your replies within 5 sentences.
Leave your work in the office
It is very important to develop a “switch on” “switch off” mode in your mind. You need to be able to completely switch off from work once you step out of the office. It always helps if you have a proper transition between your home and your office. This could be an hour at the gym, personal appointments, errands or commuting. Ultimately, whatever works for you and helps you to switch off is fine. Yes, there would be those odd days when you need to take back an urgent project home, but you need to ensure that work related activities are reduced to a bare minimum after working hours.
Choose a hobby
Taking up a hobby and scheduling 2 – 3 hours for your hobby on a weekly basis is an excellent way of spending some time with yourself. If you don’t already have a hobby, get a hobby. Join a book club, learn a new skill, practice a sport, volunteer for social work – the options are endless. Make sure that whatever you choose is something that interests you a lot.
Always tackle the biggest problem first
Most people make the mistake of leaving the biggest and toughest problems for the second half of their average work day. However, you should always choose the task that you dread the most first. If you don’t do this, you’ll keep adding unimportant things to your schedule to put off tackling the problem as much as you possibly can. Moreover, completing the work early is easier since you’re fresh and it also gives you a sense of accomplishment that should be able to spur you on for the rest of the day.