How are you at managing your time?
When I was quite young, I was bored because I didn't think I had enough to do, but as I grow older I have found that there are not sufficient hours in the day to accomplish what I was hoping to complete. Finding a balance in life is crucial for one's sanity but above all one's overall good health. It seems that in the fast pace world that we live in there are too many demands or chores that seem to occupy our time and our thoughts.
I believe the greatest question to ask yourself is: What is really important today? Because in truth there is sufficient time to accomplish that which is truly important and those chores or endeavors that can wait, should be placed on a future to do list.
The key to enjoying a life with less stress is having the ability to manage your time successfully. How do you do that you might ask? For me one of the first things that I need to do is cultivate a good habit of prioritizing my time and accepting the order that I have given myself of what is important and what is second in the scheme of things. In other words, do not fret or get upset if something is moved to another column or day but instead, accept the rescheduling and move on.
Second on my list is determining what I value the most - I cannot compromise my healthy mindset or physical stability for pushing myself to finishing a task. I have done that in the past and I discovered that my body will tell me when I have pushed too far. I prefer to reduce my physical pain and discomfort and leave for tomorrow a task that can wait.
Third on my list is coming to a better understand of what my purpose and function is for my life right now. You see, in truth, we are not really managing time as much as we are managing ourselves our actions and our re-actions to what is in front of us helps determine our outcome. It would be most beneficial if we develop and then possess certain skills like, discipline and focus. We must discipline ourselves to stick with the task at hand and stay focused on it till completion. It is so easy to get distracted by the phone, or text messages or even questions from colleagues but I have realized that when I have something to do, I stay with it till it is satisfactorily completed. Only then can I comfortable move on to something else. That means that you might need to make certain times of your day off limits to disruption.
My fourth key to improving my time management is avoid distractions. If the environment that you have placed yourself in is unhealthy for cultivating your good habits, find another place that will better suit your undivided attention and set limits on yourself and others that will enable you to follow through with your plan of managing your life.
And fifth, allow time each day for you to relax, unwind and simply enjoy a few minutes of me time. I am a very self-motivated personality who has the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner but at the same time, I know that I need time toreplenish my energy and build up a reservoir of healthy energy so that I can start all over again tomorrow. Make the time to figure out what works best for you, develop a healthy habit and mindset and be in integrity as to how you want your day to play out. When you are prepared to make your day flow smoothly with skill and honesty, you will be managing your life in a healthy manner.