Tips on Decluttering Your Life: Taking Time to Make Time

Tips on Decluttering Your Life: Taking Time to Make Time

In this fast-paced, always-on world of ours, it can get pretty easy to get lost in the hectic flow of the day and totally forget to do things that are beneficial for you. You get wrapped up in taking care of work obligations, maybe shuttling the kids to and from school, and managing any number of appointments that will crop up in your day. It can get overwhelming to find even 15 minutes for yourself, but it is possible. Once you’ve freed up that time, you can use it on things that really matter to you. Maybe you can meditate or do yoga. Maybe read that book that has been collecting dust on your bookshelf, maybe express yourself creatively. Whatever you do, there are ways to get you there.

In this post, we’re going to show you how to find time in your day to do things that are beneficial for you.

Take a look at your attitude.

If you have the mindset that you have no time for anything and that your schedule controls you and not the other way around, that’s what you’ll find. If instead, you recognize that there are actual steps you can take to free up time in your schedule, you’ll be able to do it. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Attitude really is everything.

Consider meditation and yoga.

One way to fit in more time is to try meditation, such as vinyasa, which uses progressive breathing techniques, or zen, which is more about clearing your mind. Yoga can help you, especially when you incorporate something like the lotus position into your zen meditation. The bhujangasana pose will open your airways and allow your back to stretch naturally. All of these things help you make time by clearing your mind of all the clutter it accumulates on a daily basis, making you sharp again.

Look at how you’re spending your time.

One of the best determiners of time management is looking at how it is that you spend your day. Using a time log can help you figure out where you can make some efficiencies and cut out certain behaviors and tasks. For instance, if you constantly swipe through Instagram, that’s something you can change. Maybe you spend an hour on the road for takeout when you could cook a meal at home for far cheaper and in a half hour or less.

Plan out your day the night before.

Planning out how to do things ahead of time can be a big benefit. If you do that with the next day’s activities, you’ll be amazed how orderly your day becomes. Put one big task on your list for early in the morning, and then cross it off your list. Having that big sense of accomplishment will help you power through the rest of the day.

Deal with interruptions.

Interruptions are bound to happen. Whether they’re email interruptions, texts from a friend, or a coworker constantly showing up at your cube, all of these things will add up and get your day derailed. So take advantage of this and shut off your phone, log out of your email, and post a do not disturb sign on your cube.

In this fast-paced, always-on world of ours, it can get pretty easy to get lost in the hectic flow of the day and totally forget to do things that are good for you. You get wrapped up in taking care of business process management, shuttling the kids to and from school, and managing any number of appointments that crop up. It can get overwhelming to find even 15 minutes for yourself, but it is possible. Once you’ve freed up that time, you can use it on things that really matter to you. Maybe you can meditate or do yoga. Maybe read that book that’s been collecting dust on your bookshelf, maybe express yourself creatively. Whatever you do, there are ways to get you there.

Carol Evenson is a full-time parent and business consultant. When she isn’t raising her daughter, she is assisting organizations with their own internal growth and development goals.

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