Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How to Make Time

Yeah, I know. I'm not the master of time.  But stick around for a bit and let me know what you think.

The answer is simple.  But it's challenging nevertheless for those who are not organized by nature.  Trust me, I know.

The only way to make time, is to keep and follow a schedule.  But, change is the only constant.  So here are some guidelines to keep in mind when sculpting and sticking with your schedule.
  1. don't be afraid to tweak - you're on a mission to create a schedule, a routine that is the best fit for you
  2. keep in mind that things change and that you need to be willing to adjust your schedule as need be
  3. allow some time after vacations and other large 'breaks' to get back into the flow of the routine; don't let this time period be a discouragement
  4. don't let it get stale - yes, we're creatures of habit, but we can also be easily bored
Yes, it's much easier to create and keep a schedule at work and with regular appointments.  But what else can be and should be included?
  • "me time" - it's a necessity to take time for yourself to unwind, indulge, spend time with yourself
  • workouts and other forms of exercise - with all the benefits, this should be included in some form or manner into every day
  • family time - play a game, take a walk, wrestle with the kids and dog, whatever
  • social time - girls night out, football night: it's a health thing (I'm not kidding)
  • mental enrichment activities - like a muscle, you gotta exercise your mind and change it up every now and then
  • quiet time - breath, meditate, pray, reflect, etc
  • house chores - gotta keep the habitat clean and healthy
  • time for any 'projects'
  • time to make sure you're staying on track - if you stay on top of tracking things (to do lists for example) this shouldn't take more than mere minutes a day
Did I forget anything?  How do you keep your days and life organized?  What are your challenges with staying on top of things?

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