Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Few Tips on How To "Fit It All In" Your Day

The excuse "I don't have time" hasn't ever made a whole lot of sense to me.  We all have the same amount of time in a day. Every person on this earth all have 24 hours in a day. So if one person has time for something why doesn't someone else? Well, this all has to do with HOW we CHOOSE to spend our day. I'm going to talk, today, about how you can find time to fit it all in.

There are some things you can't control during your day. Like if your kids wake you up 3 times the night before, an accident happening and causing a lot of traffic, the grocery store line being extra long, kids not napping, etc... but while we can't control things like that, we can control the way we react to those things.  I can choose to go to bed a little early so that I won't feel the need to sleep in as long and I can get up and going at my normal time. I can choose to leave the house a little early and miss the traffic or I can choose to be prepared to multitask during the traffic and listen to a book/podcast/what ever inspires you in the car. I can choose to go to the grocery store at the slower time of day so I don't have to wait so long in line, I can choose to have my kids help me clean or watch a movie or play quietly instead of napping so I can get what I need to do done. Those are all just examples that I've dealt with a lot, and I'm sure there are a thousand more examples that you can think of.

If you're feeling like you just don't have time to do everything on your list it's time to prioritize your list and see what you really need to focus on to fit everything in.  After making a list (actually sit down and write out every single thing that you have to do in a day) organize it into these categories.

What is the most important/pressing thing on your list?

What is something that you want to do for you, something that makes you happy?

What does your family need done?

What is extra?

This is what some days looks like for me:

Once you have all of the things written down, Put the things in that you have to do first. If you have a meeting, or Dr's appointment or something like that, schedule those things first. Then start filling in your day with your important things first. Put them in places that they will work best for you. Then move onto the things for your family that need to get done, put them where they fit best. Then fit in the things that are for you, the things that make you happy. Because I'm a strong believer that you can't take care of other people unless you take care of you too. With your extra time, find what else will fit in here and there.

 I can't say that I sit down and write things like this out on a daily basis. I just kind of go into auto pilot now because we have a schedule and it's second nature to me now. But when I did have to write things down, I loved using a planner kind of like THIS ONE because I liked how the time was broken up during the day, and I like how there is room for notes.

Prioritizing isn't the only way to make you feel like you have more time in your day though. I think we have so many distractions now days that we tend to waste a lot of time with out realizing it. Limiting those distractions is an amazing way to find extra time in your day.  A big distraction for me is my phone. I'm sure there are a lot who can relate to that. But I find that once I get started on something, like cleaning the house or helping my kids with the homework, my phone stays in the other room or in my pocket instead of in my hand.

Multitasking can be a good thing and a bad thing. With some things, multitasking means that we aren't giving one task all of our attention which means we aren't doing our best. If you want to multitask make sure you're doing it with things that don't take more concentration. For example, I listen to podcasts or other things that motivate me while I'm folding laundry or cleaning the house. Or I read J her spelling words while I'm making dinner.

Life can be stressful, and when you start to feel stressed it helps to write it all out, figure out what things are things that you have to get done and fill in the rest. You'll be surprised with how much time you actually do have left over. And if you get all your things done early (using those extra minutes you get from limiting distractions) then you might even find time to do your workout.

How do you limit your distractions?

What are your favorite ways to multitask?

Are you a list maker?

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