Imagine you’re working your way through your to-do list when you suddenly realize it’s 6pm already! Before the day is over you still need to find time to do grocery shopping, make dinner, maybe tuck in the kids and on top of that try to squeeze in a workout, before getting your desired amount of eight hours of sleep. Sound familiar?
Today, many of us feel overwhelmingly busy and we end up multitasking our way through life. The 24 hours we have during a day don’t seem nearly enough, but longer days aren’t coming any time soon! Like it or not; 24 hours is all you’re going to get.
The trick is to manage your time right, so you don’t end up stressing yourself sick. Because let’s be real for a second here; it’s not worth it, is it? It’s all about how you choose to handle what comes your way, but for those of you who may find it hard; here are some tips that may be useful when you dream of longer days.
Maybe you’re not a to-do list person, but organizing and keeping track on your chores can help you feel on top of things. Help yourself organize information, tasks, projects and other things that may fill your day, in the way you feel best.
Even though we want to be superheroes and get everything done at once, we are not! You can’t be super-mom or dad, super-employee, super-wife or husband and friend all at once, without pushing yourself to the absolute limit. So just don’t! Which takes us to the next point on the list.
Learn to say no
Don’t take on more than you can handle. You’re not a bad person for saying no from time to time. Learning to say no and stand up for yourself is a process, but when you get the hang of it, it will only benefit you, I promise.
Leave a buffer
For your own sake; don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a buffer in between each task or meeting, that way you avoid getting stressed out during the day.
Breathe and stretch
Regardless of how much you have on your plate, always take the time to just breath and stretch. Doesn’t need to be more than a minute or two, but it will benefit you in the long run. A body and mind on high speed will crash eventually, so stop and breath!
Have the right attitude
How you react to a certain situation is entirely up to you. If your boss comes and throws a pile of work on your desk; try not to stress and get angry, but instead take one step at a time, focusing on getting the job done. Attitude is everything!
Lastly, and most importantly; remember to fill your days with more than chores. Life is so much more than paying bills and using all your energy pleasing everyone else. Keep that in the back of your mind and you’ll be fine!
By: Henriette Danielsen