Time is a fixed and limited resource. We all have the same twenty-four hours in each day. Most of us constantly say, “If I could just find some time, I could accomplish (fill in the blank)” or “I wish I had time to do that.” But, how do we find more time?
One way is to adjust our priorities. How do you perceive the time which you do have available? How do you want to spend your time? Do you feel like you have to do everything on your plate?
Where is the pressure coming from? Is it from your own worries and fears? Is it from your boss, or family and friends? Is it feeling as if you should be living your life a particular way or doing a particular thing?
Are the new thingamajigs or thingamabobs like your computer or phone saving you time or adding pressure to your life?
If you feel like you’re going downstream fast, stop and pull yourself out of it. Figure out how YOU want to spend YOUR time. You won’t be missing out if you choose to do less. You will just be ensuring that you have enough time and energy to give each activity the attention it deserves.
Time is relative. Some hours of the day seem to go faster than others. Packing lots into a short amount of time sometimes is energizing; other times it is exhausting. Make your choices and control what you can.
A few thoughts that might help to create more time are:
- Focus on one task if possible. Multi-tasking often results in you making little progress on important projects and can leave you feeling exhausted.
- Turn off your phone; log off your email, your Facebook and Twitter. Limit the distractions and only check them occasionally.
- Plan your time! We tend to plan our time at work but forget to schedule our responsibilities at home and the fun time with family and friends.
- Block out some time just for you! If you receive an invitation to lunch, a party or a ballgame, you probably make the time – so why not make some time for you?
- Give yourself at least ten to fifteen minutes each day to just get quiet and breathe or pray. Silence can take away some of the pressure to bring peace and energize you. A few moments of prayer can refresh spiritually.
- If you are doing too much – give yourself permission to eliminate something. What can you drop to give yourself the time and energy to do the things most important to you?
Ending on a Positive Note: One of my resolutions this year is to set aside a specific time every day to write. Retirement is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have to plan my time. Although planning can be much more flexible than when I was employed, I find structure still relieves stress and brings peace in my life.