Simplify to Make Time for What Truly Matters
With all the fast paced activity in your life, do you ever forget to make time for what really matters to you?
Below are some ideas on how to simplify and reclaim some time for yourself, friends and family.
• As soon as mail arrives, sort, file or recycle it. The best place to do this is right next to the recycle bin. If you have children, sign any permission slips for school trips right away and slip them back into their backpacks. Make a note of catalogs you no longer want to receive, and don’t wait too long before you go to http://www.catalogchoice.org/ to unsubscribe.
• Limit the time you waste on activities such as checking emails on your computer, looking at Facebook, and watching TV. As I mentioned in my last post, I had a habit of checking my email often, and sometimes spent a half hour on the computer doing so. I would add my latest blog post onto my Facebook timeline, and then scroll down for more than several minutes reading the other entries and fun U-tube videos. Setting time limits helps me now. I recommend that you check email just twice each day, and go on Facebook once a day. When watching television try multi-tasking. Fold the laundry, exercise, or sort desk papers. And, limit the time you and your family spend in front of the TV, so you have more time doing other activities with one another.
• Have your spouse, partner or family members help you with the household chores. For example; after a meal have someone clear the table, someone else wash dishes or put them into the dishwasher. The tasks will get done faster, and you’ll have more time to spend with one another, or with yourself.
• Just say NO! It’s good to volunteer for a non-profit, community event, or help friends and neighbors, but don’t take on too much at once. Helping others is commendable, but for your own health and peace of mind don’t lose sight of your priorities.
What sorts of things are robbing your time? Can you eliminate or simplify anything?
Let me know what you’ve done to simplify your agenda.
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