Do you feel like there is never enough time for the things that bring you joy? Here are 5 ways to make more time for what really matters.
There comes a time in life where we question if what we are doing is really all that important and if we are focusing on what really matters to us. After all, sometimes it's incredibly easy to get wrapped up in menial tasks of day-to-day life and forget what else there is out there. Living this way is sometimes necessary, but other times, we kind of do it to ourselves by losing focus on what's really important to us. This leads to feeling tied down, stuck, and unhappy. Bring back some happiness to your life with these 5 ways to make more time for what really matters.
5 Ways to Make More Time for What Really Matters
Figure out what your priorities are – Before you can make time for what really matters to you, you need to know what does. This doesn't need to be a long process. All you need to think about is simplicity. What kinds of things are you missing out on that leave you feeling sad or even guilty? What are your goals, both long and short term? Are you neglecting your health? What brings you joy? These are a few questions to get you thinking about what matters most in your life so you can prioritize.
Schedule it in – By this, I mean get yourself an actual calendar or start using the one on your phone and schedule everything. Not only will this give you a chance to schedule in something that matters to you but also give yourself time limits or times in the day to complete the other tasks so you can move on from them.
Decide what you can delegate – The plain and simple truth is, if you want to make more time for the things that really matter to you, you may have to delegate some of your tasks to open it up. This doesn't have to be complicated or expensive either. Could you have groceries delivered? Does your local grocery store offer in-store pick-up services? How about hiring a housekeeper one day a week? You could spend no money if you enlisted more help from your family.
Identify time wasters and cut them out as much as possible – I don't know about you but I waste a lot of time on social media. Maybe you watch too much TV or doing things inefficiently. Find more time by identifying things in your life that could be done more efficiently and come up with a way to. Blogs are a great place to look for stuff like this. Additionally, don't allow yourself to spend too much time recreationally online or in front of the tube.
Multi-task so you can be more efficient – One last way to make more time would be to multi-task. This way, you are doing more than one thing at a time and getting them both done. You can multi-task by batch cooking while preparing a meal, such as cooking extra ground beef while making tacos and sticking it in the freezer. You can run errands in this way, too! Rather than waiting around for something, drop it off and come back after you are done with something else. Multi-tasking only works when one of the tasks does not require your active attention; e.g. a casserole in the oven with a timer or a load of laundry in the washer. Trying to do two things at the same time that require your attention generally makes you less efficient at both.