We’re often guilty of being over-committed. Do we really have to do all the things we take on? If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, no time to write or do anything else you enjoy, you might want to try one or more of these tips –
1. List the commitments you have. These are promises you have made to yourself and others. Prioritize them A – Z. Develop a plan to phase out the least important ones from your life.
2. The best way to free up time, is to plan your time. This is a tip I’ve heard from at least a dozen time-management gurus in the past 20+ years. And, don’t forget to include time to meditate or pray, and exercise, every day. This can start out as a 10 minute daily commitment that you can grow into larger blocks of time as you clear out that TO-DO list in tip #1. Grocery shopping isn’t a daily exercise – plan when you’ll go, plan what you’ll buy and stick to that plan.
3. Organize the daily minutia. Get a key rack or small counter-top basket that can sit by the door you use to come and go at home – put your keys, wallet, and cell phone there, every time you come in. Use more than one door? Put a key rack or basket at each door, but don’t go into the house until you leave those items there. And all that mail? Don’t handle anything twice! Sort and open your mail at the shredder and as you find you don’t need it, shred it. What you do need goes in the desk to be filed for payment or record-keeping, later.
When we are less stressed, we are more creative. When we are more creative, we are happier. Happy people are healthier and more satisfied with life than stressed-out folks who are maxed out in their energy, spirit, finances and relationships! So, like the comedian Ken Davis often says, “Lighten up and live!”(http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/lighten-up/)
Until Sunday, remember to keep reading and writing! Nancy Quatrano