We’ve talked about how to prioritize tasks that must get done, but what about making time for more of what you love? Do you ever feel like you’re giving too much of yourself?
Now that it’s spring, there’s no better time to do some spring cleaning for your personal life to get back more of what you want out of your life.
Here are ways to bring that to fruition!
1. Be honest with yourself
If you could create your perfect life, what would it be? Write down the things that you would like to have more time for in your life, like reading, taking a class, spending time with people that you enjoy being around, or getting a massage.
2. Reflect on the things you’re currently doing
It helps to make a list of what you currently spend your time on -- from working to caring for kids to running errands. Think of it as a synopsis of your weekly life. You’ll want to look at this compared to what you want to see more of in your week. Really break it down hourly so you get a clear picture. You may find some pockets of time you didn't even know existed!
3. Decide where you can compromise
You might not be able to change the fact that you have to go to work, but how you get there could be changed. Maybe the stress of driving is wearing you down. Instead of making yourself crazy, you could listen to an inspirational podcast, an audiobook, or even listen to an online class while you drive. Making the most of the time you do have is a great way to add in more of the things you want in life.
4. Stop saying “but”
If you’re always saying you want to do something and adding “but” in there afterward, it’s time to change that way of thinking. Those three little letters are convincing you that you don’t deserve the things you want more of in your life.
Let’s look at a common place where you add “but” in your life. You need to get groceries for your family. No one can deny that’s important, right? “I want to try a Reiki massage session, but I must go to the supermarket.” Well, not exactly correct! Our marvelous online world allows you to order all of the things you need and either run by and have it brought out to your car or even better, delivered to your door. Problem solved.
We even add this “but” when we need to make dinner, and it doesn't have to be that way. You can prep those meals on Sunday and voila! Your early evenings are free to pick up another pursuit or much-needed relaxation. We’re so trained to feel guilty for indulging in what we want, but it's important that we do things that make us happy because we can’t be our best for everyone else if we're not good to ourselves too.
If you're still using the word "but", maybe you haven't gotten to what you really want. Go back to the list you made already. Prioritize it and figure out the most important ones. When it is important enough to you the buts fall away.
What are 3 things you want to make more room for in your life?
For me, I have been looking at my schedule and time management to add more spontaneity to my life. I know it seems a little counterproductive, right? I like structure, and my work depends on it. However, when I have a pocket of time, I can take a walk, or read up on something I'm interested in learning more about and just didn't think I had the time or I can surprise a friend with a coffee to let them know I care.
Add a comment, and let me know what you'd love to make room for in your life, then come join me on May 9th for an amazing sound session! For more details and to sign up go to my website. https://www.liveyourhealthinsideout.com