Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you sometimes neglect sleep, proper diet and general self-care because there are just too many other things you need to get done? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re officially a busy woman. Don’t beat yourself up about it, you’re certainly not alone. Time management is a learned skill and it takes practice, and yes—time, to perfect. But it is a skill that’s integral to your overall health and wellbeing. So if you feel like you could be making better use of each waking hour, there’s no time like the present to start honing your skills.
Time is arguably our most valuable possession. It’s a universal currency, it’s non-renewable. And learning to manage your time has a direct impact on your health. The first step in learning to manage your time is realizing its value and becoming conscious of how you’re spending it. * These quick and easy tips can help us all to learn to prioritize, minimize stress and work smarter instead of harder.
Start a Calendar. Whether it’s on your phone, desktop or bedroom wall, a calendar will undeniably help you to organize your due dates, appointments and activities.*
Make “To Do” Lists. Creating workable plans and breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable ones, can help you to complete your goals faster.* And who doesn’t love celebrating their accomplishments by crossing something off their list?
Review & Adjust. At the end of each week, or month, take a look at your calendar and note when you were most productive, when you fell behind schedule etc. Then adjust your schedule accordingly. Change is good and helps us improve.***
We are all guilty of procrastination at some point, even though we all know better. According to an article published by the University of Toronto, we procrastinate for many reasons including fear of failure or success, lack of interest, habit or general disorganization. But not only can procrastination cause stress, which in itself is detrimental to your overall health, people who procrastinate are more likely to sleep poorly, have higher levels of anxiety and depression and lowered immunity.* With a little effort, we’re all totally capable of solving the problem.
Find your Roadblocks. Whether it’s perfectionism, disorganization, habit, distraction or fear, become aware of what’s been holding you back.*
Take Five. A great strategy to start any task you’ve been putting off is to just try it for 5 minutes. Just start. Once you get going, you might surprise yourself with determination and stamina you didn’t even know you had.**
Put Yourself First. Often times we tell ourselves that we’ll look after our health later. But there might not be a later. If you need to start exercising, eating well or going for regular checkups, there’s no time like the present.
Stress is a really important factor to consider when it comes to time management and your health.* When we’re under pressure and freaking out, it’s nearly impossible to be productive. Not to mention the significant impact stress has on health and longevity.** But remember, you’re not alone and you need not worry.
Be Flexible. Planning is great, but you can’t plan for everything. Realize that inevitably your plans will get derailed sometimes and that’s okay.**
Do You. Take the time to do something for yourself. Recharge your batteries before they’re dead.*
Sleep. This is fundamental to your mental and physical health.* Make sure you give yourself enough time to reenergize before you burnout.*
Finally, always try to remember:
Taking care of others is wonderful.
Taking care of yourself is essential.
Caring for yourself is the first step to caring for others.