Be honest, do you spend your time wisely? Do you want more time to do the things you enjoy? Do you think you run out of time all the time but actually spend it doing things you don’t really intend to? April is Stress Awareness Month and not having enough time for our own self-care can hugely contribute to our stress and therefore our health.
A simple technique to help you identify where your time leaks away is to write down what you do and for how long. Do this for a few days or a week and it should become clear where your weak spots are. Maybe it’s hitting the snooze button too many times, losing an hour on social media during a post-lunch slump or perhaps bingeing on box sets when the kids are in bed. None of these are terrible in themselves but if they are just happening without you actively choosing to do them, then you might feel stressed and frustrated about the time available to do the things you really want to do. Think about what you want to do more of and use that as motivation to break away from those activities that suck up your time.
There are 168 hours in a week; make sure that some of your time is spent bringing you what you need, whether that’s joy, laughter or peace.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." Carl Sandburg, American writer.