In life, time is a limited resource. Balancing time can sometimes feel like a full-time job between work, family, social activities, and other events, not to mention getting enough sleep to function properly.
With so many events and responsibilities requiring your time, what is the right path? Unfortunately, there isn’t an answer that works for everyone. If there were, everyone would do it. However, here are a few ideas to consider that may be beneficial.
Plan Out Your Day
Using up time to plan may seem counterproductive, but it will pay dividends later. Someone may pick their kids up from school just to realize they need to get everyone back in the car to drop something off. Another example is someone who has two tasks in the same area but makes two trips because of a lack of planning.
By planning your day for ten minutes the night before, you will find that multiple tasks can be completed quickly. You may also be more relaxed because you know you’ve put time aside for tasks later.
Delegate Tasks or Speed Up Services
Many people hesitate to hire a cleaning service, landscaping company, or delivery service because they feel it makes them look lazy. This couldn’t be further from the truth! These services exist to free you up to focus on other tasks.
Similarly, some tasks, such as selling a home, can take much longer than expected. If this happens, consider hiring a team or agency to speed up the process. For example, an instant home-buying company may be in your best interest. You won’t get market price, but it will be worth for the time saved.
Find a Routine
Aside from having a preplanned schedule, having a routine can also be very beneficial. Wake up, sleep, eat, and exercise at the same time each day. Instead of asking, “what’s next?” you’ll already know.
This will also keep sleep schedules consistent, which is vital for a productive day. It’s been shown that people who have the same sleep schedule for just a few weeks can go without an alarm because their body goes into a natural cycle through circadian rhythms.
Go on Vacation and Take Breaks
Who doesn’t love vacation? Aside from seeing new parts of the world and getting a break from the daily work schedule, it can also help with productivity. Some studies and data show that people who take a yearly vacation are much more productive when they return to work and are more likely to stay with a company long-term.
Aside from vacation, a set time for a daily break or ‘me time’ can be beneficial. Whether that means setting the alarm or blocking out a 30-minute block at the end of the day before bed, these short breaks can serve a similar purpose as a vacation (although vacation is still important).
There might be times when you may have too much on your plate. There is only so much you can do, and admitting that to yourself and others is important.
Are you missing family functions or having to work more than what your job description requires? It may be time to have a conversation about realistic expectations and making changes.
If you are stressed or need more time to complete daily tasks, consider trying some of these ideas. You may find some more effective than others and find something that works for you.