Do you find yourself wishing you had more time? Many days have passed that I have wished I had 48 hours in a day rather than 24, just so I could get everything done. One thing I know for sure is that the clock won’t be changing anytime soon, so we need to learn how to prioritize our time.
The first thing you should look at is what is the most important to you.
Grab a piece of paper, and list your priorities from most important to least. Focus on categories, such as family, business, health, faith, hobbies, friends, household chores, etc.The top 3-5 are going to be what you make time for WITHOUT exceptions. That being said, it doesn’t mean that numbers 6-10 aren’t important to you, but rather something that can be pushed to another day if needed.
Within each category, write one thing that you want to do daily to fulfill that priority. For example, if faith is your priority, you would write “time for prayer”. After that “one” thing, you can list anything else that would be included.
Now take that “one” thing and schedule it. Let’s continue with the example of time for prayer. I could slot it in at 6:30am and 9:30pm, so that I am programming my day around it. Now don’t get too caught up in the exact time. That is going to put a lot of pressure and anxiety onto you. Plan, and then accept what happens.
Schedule each priority throughout your day, so that you know that each need is getting met. In any free time, fill up your space however you see fit.
I tend to do this process the night before, but you could plan however much in advance as you’d like. Just remember to give yourself grace if things don’t go according to how they’re written.
There are 3 benefits to this process:
- Scheduling prepares your mind for what is ahead, and you are more likely to do it and be productive.
- You reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed because you are spending less of your time trying to go over everything that needs to get done for that day in your head, and more time actually doing the tasks- again, making you more productive.
- You are less likely to overcompensate in one area, and avoid the guilt of not nurturing other priorities.
It is important to recognize that we are only human, and we can only do so much. That is where another piece of advice comes into play: done is better than perfect.
Any other perfectionists out there?! *raises hand*
Perfectionism will rob not only your time, but your sanity and production, thus leading to burn out and exhaustion (I’ve learned this the hard way). No matter what category it is- business, family, health- it will NEVER be perfect. This realization was a game changer for me.
At the end of the day, we all want to see check marks next to our “to-do” list. We feel good when we make use of our time. However, don’t get down on yourself if you find time escaping you. What is your #1 priority? Has it been met today? If it’s a yes, then I’d say you’re doing good!
Let me know if you try this process, and if it works for you! I’d also love to hear how you get the most out of your time!
Until next post,
- Jess 🙂
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