By Janine Fitzgerald | October 10, 2011
Do you always feel like you’re hurrying through your to-do list, leaving you with little time to do the things that nurture and fulfill you? For many of us, being busy validates our sense of worth and makes us feel important. Managing our time is one of our greatest challenges today; however, we can’t equate busyness with importance or meaning. So here are some tips on how you can gain an extra hour a day in order to make time in your life for the things that really matter.
For clients of mine who wish to have better time management, I recommend that they begin by keeping a time log. Every hour for one week, track your activity. You may be surprised at how much time is spent on Facebook or watching TV. Another thing you may want to do throughout the day is take a few mini-breaks from technology. Again, it’s so easy to loose precious time scanning updates and responding to emails and texts that are not urgent. Once you see how you’re spending your time, think about which tasks you can delegate. For example, I think I can do a more thorough job than my housekeeper at cleaning the inside of the fridge, but I allow for imperfection and delegate it to her.
Now, look at your time log and cut one thing from your to-do list by asking yourself the following questions: Do you enjoy it and does it serve as a life purpose? If you answer no to both questions, remove it from your list. Next, schedule yourself a block of 30 minutes to sit quietly and make a list of passions that you once had as a child or hobbies that you always wanted to try. From there, write down in your schedule a block of one hour for you to tap into that passion. If you don’t have a passion, experiment with a few until you discover it. Keeping yourself engaged in meaningful activities is an important aspect of mental health and wellness.