Are you an individual who can’t seem to properly manage your time? Does this cause additional stress in your life? The good news is that there are a number of steps that you can take to improve your time management. Here are 6 simple steps that you can take to manage your time better and reduce the associated stress!
Know That You Have a Problem
Awareness that you may have a time management challenge is the first step in changing your behaviour. Although it is typical to be late for work or a social event on occasion, it is something that should not be happening on a daily or a weekly basis.
Decide To Change
Wanting to change is the next key to change. You need to set goals for yourself, as these goals can help to provide you with a source of motivation. Sample goals include showing up to work on time for a whole month, being on time for all dinner dates, and so forth.
Create Daily Task Lists
Creating a to-do list for yourself is an easy way to properly manage your time. Outline what you need to do throughout the day. Be sure to list your tasks in order of importance.
Rely On Time Management Tools
Consider using time management tools to your advantage. Use your cell phones and computers alarm clocks, alerts, calendars, and so much more?
Learn How To Say No
This can be challenging but try to not take on more than you can accomplish. Look into using outside help. In the home, this outside help can come from a housecleaner. At the workplace, this outside help can come from a co-worker.
If you are unorganized, you are likely to waste a large amount of time. For example, you can waste time by searching for lost or misplaced documents. or you can spend hours searching for your glasses or car keys.
These are just a few ideas you can put in place to help you get organized. It all starts with awareness and the desire to change! If you want it, you can have it!
When you go out, look at the people around you. Everyone looks like they’re in a hurry to get somewhere? When you ask your friends out for a gathering, do you often get, “Sorry, I’ve got an appointment, or I have a meeting on that day”? Is your response the same when they ask you?
Many people are chronically busy nowadays. They all have the desire to be successful as fast as possible. And to achieve that, they figure they have to compress five years of work into one, by moving five times faster! So they rush, sacrificing personal time and relationships, to get as much done as they can. But despite their earnest and wholehearted attempt to be successful, they often waste their effort because they lose their sense of direction – focusing on the trees, but failing to notice the forest – they end up running in circles.
If you don’t occasionally stop running and look up at the stars, how will you know which way is North? (Don’t tell me you have a compass.) In real terms, this means you have to set some time every day to stop and reflect.
· What do I value in life?
· What does success mean to me?
· Has what I’ve done today brought me closer to my life’s goal?
· How do I get from where I am, to where I want to be?
Yes, these questions require you to think deep; do some soul-searching. Everyone needs a Vision – that vivid mental image of what you’d like to Be, Do, and Have in life. Without it, we can’t see which way we’re headed. And the only way to develop it is to pause, reflect, think deep, and search your soul.
All a dying person wants is to be well again. All a homeless person wants is good food and a warm place to sleep at night. And all a grieving person wants, is to have spent more time with their loved ones. Don’t let this happen to you. Slow down, pause, and reflect.
Figure out what’s important to you in life. Then spend more time doing what’s important, rather than following the masses – being busy every day; chasing an imaginary shopping list of what it takes to be successful.
It is the first Saturday in the New Year and I know many people set the resolution of eating better and I am here to help you with that.
Years ago I was trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is based on a philosophy of Primary and Secondary Foods. Primary Foods is the food that we physically consume and Secondary Foods are the other things in life like community and our relationships. Both are equally important so you will see secondary foods come into the mix throughout my posts!
For today we are going to talk about the basics of primary foods. The key to the success of any plan for healthy eating is to eat what you like but to exercise moderation when it comes to the less healthy foods. Improving your level of health and fitness does not mean forgoing that piece of chocolate cake, for instance. It does mean, however, limiting yourself to one piece. A healthy diet contains all types of foods, including carbohydrates, proteins, and even fats. The key is choosing foods that provide the best combination of taste and nutrition. After all, if your diet consists of foods you hate, you will not stick with it.
I also teach the concept of gradually adding the better foods while gradually eliminating the not so good foods. This way you have a better chance of success and sets you up for long-term health.
My two basic primary food suggestions are:
1 Purchasing organic as often as possible is always recommended but I realize can be costly and not always available where you live. A good plan is to follow the Dirty Dozen list. The ones with the most chemicals you should always try and eat organic.
The 2017 Dirty Dozen list from EWG (2018 not published yet but typically does not change a lot)
11. Sweet bell peppers
The 2017 Clean Fifteen list from EWG (least amount of pesticides and chemicals). These ones are not as important to buy organic so you can save some money!
1. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet peas (frozen)
11. Honeydew Melon
2. Limit processed food. The more fresh food you can eat the better. I know there are times we need to open a package of food for a quick meal. Next time I will talk about meal planning so you can have healthy meals on hand all the time!
And when someone offers you a piece of chocolate cake, eat it! (this falls under secondary food too!)
If you haven’t got it yet, grab my 5 Key Strategies for Self-Care for Less Stress and More Energy. (ps….2 amazing smoothie recipes inside!)
Happy, healthy eating for 2018!