It’s all too easy, especially in the modern age, to get so wrapped up in the many responsibilities that we have that we forget to prioritize ourselves. In between our jobs, family, and maintaining the home, it can feel like we’re always doing things we have to do, and none of the things that we want to do. This may be fine for a little while, but if it goes on unchecked for too long, you might look back later in life and wonder where all the time went. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Here are five ways to give yourself more time.
Now, we’re not pointing fingers here, but might you be guilty of assuming too much responsibility? Some people like to always be in control, and the ones who don’t want to be in control will normally let them have it. You might have too much on your plate just because you pile responsibilities on yourself! Learn to bring others into the fold and learn to let go of the things you can’t control.
That being said, there’ll always be tasks that you have to do. The question is, is there a better way to do them, that’ll free up more time? The folks over at Shaker of Salt have put together some useful tips on how you can save time on those time-consuming everyday tasks. You might still have the same responsibilities, but if you streamline them and make them more time-efficient, then you could find you have an extra thirty minutes to yourself each day.
Whether we like it or not, sometimes our days will be so jam-packed that we have no hope of squeezing in some time for only us. During those periods, it’s all about the small victories. For example, there will surely be a time in the day when nobody needs you – only, those times might be early in the morning or late at night. Rise an hour earlier – or go to bed an hour later – than you usually would, and you’ll have a whole sixty minutes to read, relax, or do whatever it is you want to do.
How Do You Spend Your Time?
Sometimes, it can feel like we’re always rushed, when in fact we’re just not using our time properly. If you have a spare ten minutes between, say, picking the kids up and preparing dinner, then don’t spend that time scrolling through Facebook or mindlessly browsing the web. Do something productive! It’ll be another small victory or, at the very least, will make you realize that time can be as slow or as fast as we make it.
Put Yourself First
In the end, the ins and outs of how you make time for yourself doesn’t really matter. What is important is that you make a vow to put yourself first, to have the determination to make sure you have more time for yourself. You only get one life: make sure you’re doing what you love.