Do you feel there are not enough hours in the day to get things done? Are you unable to get to sleep at night because your mind is racing? Are you feeling tired or burned out? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, chances are your life is out of balance.
It’s easy for us to get caught up in the busyness of our lives, tending to our responsibilities of work, family, household chores and trying to schedule in some time for fun when we’re not feeling tired.
Here are some small changes to start the journey of getting back in balance!
#1 Prioritize your tasks
Make a list of what you think you need to do today, then for each task, ask yourself these questions:
- Is it necessary?
- Could someone else be doing it?
- Should it be done now?
- What part of this task could be omitted?
When you get into a state of inquiry about your to-do list, you will start to find ways to eliminate the non-essentials and learn to delegate, which saves you precious time.
#2 Cut out your time wasters
Make a list of all the ways you waste time – write as many as you can. Identify your biggest time suck, and then make a commitment to yourself to eliminate it today by writing out five ways to solve the problem. Revisit your list after three days then tackle the next problem – you will soon be a master of your own time.
Stuck for ideas?
- Messy desk – you waste time looking for things
#3 Schedule quiet time for yourself every day
Spending time alone is good for your soul. It allows you to slow down and think, or maybe not think at all, to recharge, and to appreciate your relationships with others. It also improves your concentration and allows you to work through problems more creatively.
My biggest time waster was checking email. Now I check email no more than twice a day at set times and dedicate a specific amount of time for replies. Before I was checking my inbox up to 15-20 times a day, as it was always open. By implementing this one tip I’m saving 7-8 hours per week, allowing me to enjoy more time to myself outdoors.
Getting your life in balance does not have to be difficult. Start making small changes today, continue for one week, and then notice what happens.
Sarah Wall is a Vancouver-based author, speaker, coach, yoga teacher and Reiki master, serving local and international clients. It’s her mission to see you thrive and to help you create a life you love using simple tools that can make a difference today. For support in your journey towards living a purposeful and joyful life, you can visit Sarah at Body Mind Spirit Coach.