As youths, many of us can recall hearing our parents utter these words, “there is not enough time in the day.” It was only when we ourselves became adults, with our own families, did we fully understand those words. Where does the time go? In high school, it felt like time traveled in super slow motion. However, in our adult years, we wish we could just hit a pause button to this thing we call ‘life’. At these stages in our adult life, is there time for adult fun? Is there time to pursue ones passions or dreams? Time to go back to school and receive that degree? Or are those doors to those opportunities shut temporarily? Three letters answer all of these questions- YES. Let’s discuss how.
For some of us, organizational skills do not come naturally. Although for others, the complexity of life and daily routines, has taken us out of our rhythm. So to get back on track, we must plan our attack by creating a strategy.
First, we should Plan each Day. Sometimes, writing down a to-do list the evening before our next day, can alleviate our stress before we slumber. Try putting your most important task on top of your list and work your way down. Also, try putting an actual time near each task. This can help minimize rushing and stressing.
Second, set short term and long term goals. If at all possible and reasonable, give your self a time frame for both terms. Put these lists somewhere visible throughout your day. Perhaps on your fridge, desk, night stand, dashboard, etc…
Third, Delegate responsibilities. A family is a team and there is no ‘i’ in team, so no ONE member in the family should be responsible for everything that goes on in the household. Depending on obvious factors and schedules, parents should consider what can be shared among each other and if the children are old enough and display maturity and responsibility, they also can chip in and share with the load. This can help open up more time and again alleviate the daily stresses.
Fourth, Give yourself 10 minutes a day. If its a hobby or passion or just down time. Give yourself at least 10 minutes a day. If at all possible, limit as many distractions as possible during this time.
Fifth, Take a course in time management. Knowledge is power. Many jobs offer tuition assistance programs or continuing education courses. If so, take advantage of them and take a class in this area of time management. If not, look into your local community colleges that does http://www.commnet.edu/
There’s a quote that says, “Organize your life around your dreams – and watch them come true.” http://thinkexist.com/ Some of us dream of a mini vacation while some of us dream bigger. Regardless of what our dreams entail, the truth is- The more organized we are, the more we can accomplish. Time management can and will help us in this process, along with aiding us to a less stressful life.
So to you parents, I encourage you all, to reclaim your personal life.