By: Sofia Lockett
One of the most common complaints of modern life is how difficult it is to work, take care of ourselves, socialise, and still have any time left over for ourselves. Of course, it’s even more difficult if you bring kids into the picture! If you’re struggling with juggling your time, try the following tips:
Write a weekly or daily to-do list
Clear reminders will help you to keep on top of everything, and make procrastination more difficult, too. To this end, consider creating either daily or weekly to-do lists, with your tasks listed in order of priority. Shortly after you wake up, take a few minutes to think about everything you need to do that day; visualising your tasks will help to make them feel more achievable. If you don’t always finish every task, don’t panic or let yourself feel guilty – it’s normal to sometimes fall short. In any case, tackling your most important tasks first will help you to keep your priorities in order, and having them written down will help to keep you on track.
Don’t neglect yourself and your social life
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t feel guilty if you need to take a personal day or postpone some of your tasks. You should be your own biggest priority! Additionally, although you may feel that you’re just too busy to visit your parents or meet that friend for a cup of coffee, you’ll likely feel a lot better if you make time for socialising every so often. Family outings are worthwhile too: sometimes getting away for a day with your partner and the kids can help more than anything else to put things into perspective. Consider both socialising and spending time alone essential to your productivity levels – if you take a break every once in a while, you’ll be better equipped to handle your work and family life.
Manage your stress
You should always try to make time to partake in some stress relief – what that looks like will vary from person to person, but it might be meditating, having a slow meal, or even just sitting down with a good book. Try to do something daily to help your stress – it’ll become a habit in no time, and you’ll feel much better for it. In particular, exercise will help you to relax – but if you feel like you can’t squeeze it into the few precious hours you have at home each day, why not try to exercise during your work hours? Walking or even taking a class during your lunch break will do wonders for your health and overall feelings of calmness. Try doing meal prep once a week to save time and bring healthy lunches to work if you want to feel even better.
Keep things in perspective
Failing to meet a deadline or reach a goal may feel like the end of the world – but it really isn’t! Avoid getting too overwhelmed by your stress by cutting yourself some slack: you can’t do everything, and you’d probably be much more sympathetic if one of your friends had the same problems, so be kind to yourself.
Struggling with time management is a perfectly normal challenge! Always try to keep a healthy balance of work, family, and leisure activities. Nobody can tell you how exactly how much time you should be spending on each element of your life, but if you stick with your to-do lists and give yourself time to decompress and reflect, things will fall into place.
Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from New Zealand who loves writing articles that are inspiring and motivational. She believes that true, admirable leadership is a continuous choice of actions to be a good example to others. You can read more of Sofia’s articles on Tumblr.