HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME BETTER AND WHY IT MATTERS
Time waits for nobody and once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you’re feeling overstretched, worn out or just need to get more organised, productive and motivated to get stuff done then here are some tips on how to manage your time better and why it matters.
CLEARING THE CLUTTER
When I first began writing about simplifying life, I focused on decluttering the home and the stuff in it because that was taking up so much of my time and energy. It’s still a very vital part of simplifying one’s life and a wonderful tool to create not only space, but instant impact in many people’s lives.
Studies have revealed the impact of clutter on stress levels and I know that I, for one, definitely feel lighter and less stressed when my external environment is clear, calm and clutter-free. It helps the inner me feel the same!
DECLUTTERING YOUR CALENDAR
After my home, the next step in simplifying my own life was to apply decluttering to my calendar. I used the same simple principles to clear the clutter from my schedule as I did the stuff in my cupboards. If it adds value to my life in some way then keep it in, if not, keep it out!
I knocked things off my diary, said no to invitations that I didn’t really want to do, postponed things when I felt too busy. I set boundaries to help me stay less busy and created blocks of free time in which I could do whatever I felt like at the time – even if it was to do nothing.
CREATING MORE FREE TIME
Having more time on my side and less things that demanded me to be split in every single direction all at the same time, felt initially like the height of luxury but it came with some more complicated emotions that I wrestled with for a while.
I felt, mistakenly, that:
- Selfish for wanting ‘me’ time
- Guilty for not being busy all the time
- That I was doing something wrong because I thought life was meant to be busy
- I wasn’t important because important people are always busy!
Knocking things off my diary and all the other little things I did to free up my time wasn’t about not being busy, or popular, or needed, or luxury. It was just about managing my time better.
I was still getting all the things done that I needed to do. I even found I had more time for the things that I wanted to do.
When I cleared my calendar, there were many benefits.
- I felt better. I felt less stressed and over-stretched.
- I had more wiggle room in case things went wrong.
- I could take my time instead of rushing from A to B.
- I had time to listen to my friends, love my husband, play with my kids.
- Time for hobbies, warm baths, reading books, watching TV in bed – without feeling guilty.
- I was more organised, forgot things less, got more stuff done (more of the right things though).
- I appreciated life more as I had time to lean into it instead of just skating the surface.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BUSY
This all sounds great, but why hadn’t I been able to do all that before? After all, I’d always been busy, productive and on the go.
But was I? Creating some space and time for myself allowed me to question a few things that I’d just accepted as ‘normal’ family life until then.
- Was I really being productive in the right way?
- I may have been busy but was I busy doing the right things?
- Was I being efficient AND effective (the two aren’t always the same thing)?
- Had I prioritised the most important things or was I just ticking off my To Do list on autopilot?
If I was being honest, I was doing ‘all the things’ but not really being present, engaged or fulfilled by much of them.
BUSY SEASONS OF LIFE VS WHAT YOU WANT FROM LIFE
No matter how much we try to declutter our busy lives, many of us have responsibilities. Work, kids, parents, friends, bills to pay, errands to run and places to be. Being busy is sometimes just a season of life.
However, even if you’re juggling all the balls and spinning all the plates, there are plenty of little tips and tricks that can help you manage your time better and carve more moments out for yourself and the things that matter to you.
If any of this sounds familiar or you’re struggling yourself with doing ‘all the things’, I encourage you to check out my time management course (with a difference), Maximise Your Time.
HOW TO GET INTENTIONAL WITH YOUR TIME
Maximise Your Time is packed full of information, tips and challenges to help you identify exactly how you use your time and how to make the most of it.
- Do you invest it wisely or spend it like water?
- Does how you spend your time reflect how you’d like to spend your life?
- And, if someone else looked at your diary, what would they consider to be your passions and priorities? What does your calendar say about you?
I call it a time management course with a difference. Although we learn about tried and tested time management tips and techniques, at its heart, Maximise Your Time is about being intentional with your time. Think of it like a decluttering course for your schedule.
Whether it’s in the home, the workplace or in life in general, Maximise Your Time, will help you be more productive, effective and get things done, so you can get on with living a fuller, freer life!
Click here to read more about Maximise Your Time and see if it’s right for you.
YOUR MOST LIMITED RESOURCE
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” (Harvey Mackay)
Time is our most limited resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. We can’t stop the clock but we can find ways to invest our time for the greatest reward.
My hope is that Maximise Your Time will help you do just that.