March 8th, 2011 Archive

Time is Money – Spend it Wisely

March 8th, 2011 by Adaire in Financial Freedom

I have written and read so many articles on making the most out of the hours we have in a day but there are just days that we can’t seem to be productive as much as we wanted to be. I don’t want to be wasting your time so I would be cutting the chase. Here’s a rundown of quick tips on managing your time well. :)

Simple Plans

Now I know you’ve read this several times but, just like me, perhaps you are not doing it right. Most people, especially the overly organized ones, spend too much time for planning that the time left for execution is compromised (Guilty! :) ).

Of course, there is nothing wrong with being organized. In fact, planning is one of the pieces of advice cited by Mia Redrick in her Health Wealthy n Wise Article entitled “Do You Need More Hours in a Day?”. Planning in advance lessens the stress and anxiety as you are able to anticipate and juggle your work and personal life, including those of your husband and children if you have a family to take care of.

However, make sure that you do not dwell in the planning stage. A straightforward checklist will do. Remember, this only serves as your guide so you can estimate what is feasible and what is not. Don’t try to fit in those which are impossible because you will only frustrate yourself if you do. As Mia put it, eliminate what is not working. Accomplish the most important ones and then try to do the lesser priorities only if time allows it.

Keep your Plate Small

All of us want to accomplish a lot of things in a day but this does not mean you have to do everything by yourself. Mia suggested two ways to get the work load of you.

First is you must delegate tasks. Household chores can be allocated among your children. Apart from lessening your burden, you also teach your children to become responsible and mature. Delegation can be a bit tedious at first especially because they are still learning. Once they get the hang of it, they can work independently and you can even add up some more tasks for them.

Second is outsourcing. Most people think it’s wiser to do things by yourself so you get to save from unnecessary service fees. However, if these tasks eat up your schedule to the point that you no longer get to spend quality time with the family, do you think it’s still worth it? Why don’t you try having your groceries delivered or your laundry serviced and have more time to enjoy weekends with your family? :)

In addition, I also would like you to learn how to say no. As a writer, I always get excited when a new client asks for my service until it came to the point that I no longer enjoy writing because I am such in a hurry to finish just to meet my deadlines. Mia mentioned going for quality over quantity. For me, this means knowing your limitations and arranging your load in accordance to it.

Combination Activities

There are ways for you to hit two birds with one stone. Take for example, exercise. You can either run in the treadmill with your earphones on or you can walk the dogs with your kids. Not only will you be able to get that daily dose of workout, you also have worked out the dogs and had fun with your kids as well.

Avail of rest and relaxation activities while waiting for the kids to finish their karate or gymnastics. Always find time to pamper yourself through spa massage, facial treatment, hair styling and other rewarding activities.

Pausing for a break is not a waste time! If you overwork yourself too much, you will lose energy and you will not be able to savor or give your best to most of your to do’s. End result – time wasted on mediocrity. Give yourself a chance to breathe, rest and recover so you get the most from all the goals you have set for your day.

Like most women, Mia Redrick juggles a lot of tasks as a mom of three, an author and also a speaker of empowering mothers to practice better self-care. If she is able to do it, so can you! :)

Spend time wisely! :)

Adaire


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