Posted on Apr 20, 2006 | Comments 0
Are you one of those people who wish it would be good if you had a 30-hour day? Do you long for having enough time to home school your children, tend a garden, cook gourmet meals, five-bedroom house, play the piano, care for a large, and sit by the fire reading a good book?
The truth behind this matter is that many Americans today are working under a time crunch. We simply donâ€™t have enough hours in the day to accomplish all that we want to. The situation creates an enormous amount of stress.
We may feel as if we are constantly working under a deadline. We may feel tired and upset, and we may wonder if we are missing out on much of life because we spend so much time â€œdoingâ€ and not enough time â€œthinking.â€
Weâ€™re stressed at work, stressed at our sonâ€™s soccer match, and stressed at home. The irony is, the more we do, the more behind we seem to get. We are continually on the run, yet we may feel as if we are achieving very little.
As a result, our pessimism grows. We may become cranky, especially with those we love. We may feel as if we are constantly running on empty. The good news is there is hope, even in the middle of what might seem a hopeless position.
We can get control of our lives with the control of our time. It may take a little bit of time and effort, but it will be well worth it in the long run. The first step we need to take is prioritization.
Because many people do not take the time to prioritize, they feel as if they lack time to do the important things in life simply. Write down a list of your tasks for the week, for the year, and for the next five years.
When you do your initial brainstorming, you can list the tasks in any order you like. Then go through the tasks and rank them in order of significance. After that task is completed, figure out just how much time you would need to accomplish each goal.
You may find that just five minutes here or there can make all the difference in the world in accomplishing the items on your priority list.
Next, learn to multi-task efficiently. That time you spend waiting in the line at the drive-thru window could be spent balancing your checkbook. Or the time you spend paused at the cash register could be used to read a book or a magazine.
In general, you should not think of lines as time-wasters. Rather, consider them opportunities to complete some small, yet important, tasks.
In order to be effective as a parent, worker, and spouse, youâ€™ll need some alone time. Get an appointment book and actually list a block of time just for yourself.
Your alone time could be spent praying, re-evaluating your priorities, charting your progress, or just fixing yourself a nice dessert. Just be sure that you have some alone time each day.
Otherwise, youâ€™ll be shortchanging yourself, and youâ€™ll feel more stressed as a result. Donâ€™t be afraid to say no. You cannot be a Girl Scout leader, fundraising chair, Cub Scout leader, and prima ballerina all at once.
Youâ€™ll need to pick and choose your assignments, both your professional assignments and your personal ones. You might be surprised at how much time youâ€™ll gain and how much better you will feel, if you simplify your life.
Sometimes, it takes some backbone to say no. You might upset someone. But, in the end, youâ€™ll be much better off, knowing that you have not over dedicated yourself.
You should consider your time to be as precious as the Presidentâ€™s. There are a number of duties, which make demands on your time, those you love and those you donâ€™t care for. By employing some innovative scheduling methods, you can set aside the time for those things that are truly important to you.
Youâ€™ll be less stressed, more relaxed, and better able to cope with the challenges you encounter on a daily basis. As you become less stressed out, you might find that your children, spouse, and friends follow your lead.
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