07 Sep How to make the most of your time!
Do you ever feel brunt out, stressed out or that you simply don’t have enough time in the day? Well, you are not alone! According to American Psychological Association, in 2021 79% of employees experience work related stress which is a 38% increase since 2019. When you think about the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body this stat is very alarming which is why learning how to make the most of your time is one of the most important skills you can have. Below we discuss some of the best ways you can take back your time and make the most of every day.
- Prioritize what matters most. This may seem easy and intuitive, but the truth is very few of us actually do this. Write down where you wish you could spend more time and then evaluate why you don’t. A great example of this would be “I wish I had more time with my family” maybe there is an easy solution such as putting your phone down when you get home freeing up yourself to truly be present and interact even if it is just for an extra hour a day this could make a huge impact. Or maybe you block out time every Saturday morning just for family time. Scheduling and creating a routine can help facilitate this change.
- Say no! This can be so hard but the ability to say no is a well learned skill. The ability to say no allows you to do less and focus on what matter most to you. This extra time allows you to put more effort and heart into the things you do decide to do. You can take this a step further and practice doing nothing. The ability to quite the mind and reflect can be a huge stress relief and bring opportunities of awareness that allow you to refocus your time in the ways that matter most.
- Make lists and delegate. For most people lists can be extremely helpful. Lists can help prioritize, they help people prepare and understand how much time they need to set aside, they also provide relief and accomplishment as you cross items of your list. Another way a list can be helpful is you can see if there are any task you can delegate to others. Do you have a child capable of doing laundry, then take it off your list and assign that chore. Do you have a project that your team could help with, email your team and ask for help. There is no reward for stockpiling your plate to full and it is important to remember that!
- Remember it is okay to put yourself first. This means working out, getting enough sleep, eating good food, ultimately taking care of your physical and mental health first. This will help prevent you from feeling run down and exhausted but rather feel good and ready to take on each new challenge thrown your way.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make time work for you! We hope this helps you make the most of your time and your days!