Here are three simple tips to better manage your day to ensure you’re needs and wants are being met and you’re still finding enjoyment in the day to day activities.
- Make a list
Sounds mundane but honestly, if you want to better manage your days, lists are your new best friend. Write a list of everything you think you need to do in the day, as well as the things you would like to (i.e. things you enjoy doing/self-love kind of stuff/sit with your children, etc).
- Now divide that list into:
– Things that must get done
– Things that would be good to do but are not urgent
– Things you want to do for enjoyment
Get the must-haves done so your mind is at ease but let’s re-evaluate the not so urgent tasks. Can the vacuuming wait another day or two? I think yes! This now gives you time to add in one of those tasks of enjoyment, be it yoga, a beach walk or sitting in the sun and reading a book. Our days are busy and full of rushing hither and thither so scheduling time in the day to do something you enjoy is a top priority in my mind. No ‘I don’t have time’ excuses, please.
Are you someone that likes to feel in control? Perhaps you take on too much because you feel you’re the best at the job and someone else just might not be up to scratch. I don’t mean this in a bad way, it’s likely you’re very competent and know just how things need to be done but the sake of your own sanity (and to free yourself up some time), send that stuff someone else’s way! Start with smaller jobs until you feel confident letting go and handing over the reins on the bigger stuff. This goes for work and home life too. (I bet your partner is more than capable once given the opportunity!).
You will find even the first step of writing down all of your to-dos is helpful enough. Getting those thoughts out of your swirling mind and onto paper is cleansing in itself. And once you’ve de-cluttered your mind and organised your day into a functional flow, you’ll find the balance between being and doing. And why we need both states in our precious lives.