Simple ways to find more time for yourself

We are currently living in an era where time is the most important thing, but the time is what we all don’t have. Thanks to the many distractions and things to do, sometimes everyone can feel a little stressed because of the lack of time to do anything they have imagined. This, along with many other reasons, has sparked many discussions and there are even movements now that want to raise awareness of freeing more time in a day for ourselves and our families.

There are many “take back your day” movements that have different ideas or strategies, but they all agree on one thing – lack of time can negatively affect our spiritual, emotional and physical health. More than often it happens that when we don’t have enough time – we don’t spend any time on ourselves, we don’t have the time for our friends and families, we don’t exercise and we choose to eat foods that are convenient, not healthy.

If you feel like you never have enough time, here are some tips how to free up some time that you can spend on yourself or your family:

  • Probably the easiest step is the most important – learn to set aside some time just for you. It can be 30 minutes or an hour, even two hours. Do something you like – read a book, paint, talk to your best friend or watch a movie. Having some “me” time is very important and it can make your life much happier!
  • Instead of trying to find a lot of time for one project, you could divide it in small “chunks” of time and finish it by doing small parts of it.
  • If your biggest problem are people asking you for favors or for anything that needs time – you have to learn to say “no” to those requests. Most of us don’t like confrontations and we usually end up doing something we don’t like just so we don’t turn down some of our friends or family. Learning to say “no” can also boost your self-esteem, since you will be stepping up for yourself.
  • If your every day is full of tasks that you need to do in that same day, you could try to bundle them together or to try to plan on how to be efficient.
  • If you simply don’t have enough time, you could try to delegate. Of course, you can mow your lawn or clean your house by yourself, but you could also find someone to do it for you and save a lot of valuable time.
  • Taking care of tasks that you don’t like first might make it easier in the long run, because the tasks that you like to do will be even easier after you have finished something you really didn’t feel like doing.
  • Take a step back and evaluate all tasks that you perform in one day – is it really necessary for you to do all those tasks? You might be surprised how much unnecessary tasks there really is.

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