It’s taken me a while to realise what is most important to me and to arrange my time accordingly. I knew what was important but I was just not prioritising my time. Since implementing a bit of a routine here, things have run so much better and I feel like I get so much more done. I know I used to waste a lot of time and have learnt a lot recently so I thought I’d share some tips.
1.) Work out what deserves your time most then plan things accordingly. My daughters deserve my time the most, so I have planned my routine around them. I plan activities for us every day and in general I am just spending more quality time with them.
2.) Develop a routine. Mine is a very loose routine, more of a rough guideline, since things can change at any time. Basically the morning is spent going out, to the park or whatever. We come home for a nap, during which time I work. The afternoon is variable, sometimes we go out, sometimes we sing and read books, then we do dinner and the girls go to bed. Once they are in bed I work again. I have been getting much more done knowing I have a short timeframe in which to do things and I have been enjoying my daughters more.
3.) Combine tasks. When you do things, see if they can serve 2 purposes. For example, my daughters love to dance, so I dance with them. My eldest tells me how to do it and she is very active. I am now classing this as my work out, because it uses every part of my body and gets my heart pumping. So instead of going for a 1 hr walk or something, I am spending time with my daughters, but still exercising, so I save myself 1 hour.
4.) Get rid of the TV. There are so many reasons for this. I wrote about a bunch of them here.
5.) Ask yourself if it is worth your time. For a while there, I was doing all surveys and things that got sent to me. Most are not worth my time, so I pick and choose now.
6.) No guilt. I have decided not to feel guilty about saying no to things I do not want to do. If I don’t want to go to a cafe I won’t, if I don’t want to travel 3 hours to go to a party, I won’t. I do what I can, when I can, but I am not going to put myself into a spin trying to do everything for everyone.
7.) Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination makes things build up and take longer than they should have. Take cleaning a bathroom for example. If you do it regularly it is a chore, but shouldn’t take too long. If you leave it for a few weeks the mould, soap scum, toothpaste splatters and things build making the job take 5 times longer than it needs too. If there is something that needs to be done, just sit down and do it!
I am not perfect at this and I will never pretend to be, but since implementing these things my life has been running so much smoother and I am definitely less stressed.