Monday, January 25, 2010

National Take Back Your time Week

Today is January 25th. It is National Take Back Your Time Week. I discovered this in yesterday’s newspaper. You are supposed to decide what is important to you and what you truly value and use that to balance the demands on your time.
It’s true that people seem to be overworked and overscheduled. We are exhausted and irritable and burned out. It’s time for a change.

Here are a few things you can do:
1. Simplify. Decide what you can do to simplify your life. There is a whole list of fantastic ideas at the Get More Done website. The link to the list is http://www.getmoredone.com/tips7.html

2. Prioritize. Decide what is most important to you and how you can spend more of your time on the things that make you happy. Is there something you can do to work more efficiently in order to reduce your work hours? Is there an activity you can eliminate in order to spend more time with your family or doing a favorite hobby? Can you make chores and errands a family activity? For example, when I was a young working mother, I would involve my young children in cleaning, cooking, and paying bills. We would talk or sing as we dusted or washed dishes side by side. They loved it and they learned how to do things.

3. Reduce demands on your time. If someone asks you to do something or volunteer for something, you have 3 choices. If it is something that you want to do you can say yes and everyone wins. If you do not want to do it, saying no is the right thing to do. Having to do something you don’t want will make you unhappy and resentful. The person or thing requesting your help or attention will not appreciate a reluctant helper. The third choice is to negotiate. Maybe you want to do part of the request or at a different time. Or maybe you just want to think about for awhile.

4. Reduce people and events that drain your energy. There are people and events that give you energy and some that take away your energy. Make a list of these and cut back on the time you spend with people and things that suck the life out of you! Spend more time with things and people who are uplifting and positive and make you feel good.

5. Make time for yourself. Last but not least, set aside some time for yourself everyday to exercise, mediate, read, relax, do a hobby or anything that makes you feel good.

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