The day I decided to make myself a priority was the same day I realized how much time I waste daily. We all run around saying how busy we are and I honestly think we believe it. We rush from here to there, picking up, dropping off, watching this, listening to that and go to bed exhausted. The truth is that we are not a busy as we think we are. How long would it take you to go for a walk, meditate, paint your nails, soak in a hot bath or curl up with a good book? Do you have 10 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour to spare? I didn’t think I did but I was lying to myself. But then I found hours per day that I was squandering! Hours! I am going to give you the 5 tips you need to find your ME time.
- Meal Prep
Planning and preparing you meals for that week can save you money and most importantly time! How long do you normally spend daily figuring out what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Figuring out what to make, preparing it, serving it and cleaning up can take at least an hour a day. In a week that is 7 hours. Now I can’t give you all 7 hours or you’d be very hungry. What I can tell you is that if you designate 2 hours to meal prep a week, you have gained an average of 5 hours! Crazy but true! Stay tuned for our meal prep tips and tricks.
- Make a List
I love lists. Like maybe a little bit obsessed. I make two lists every single day for things I need to do. The first list is strictly for things that I have to have done that day (ex. Laundry, drop off library books, vet appt). The second list is for things that need to be done eventually but not necessarily immediately (ex. Renew license, organize closets, clean out garage). If you don’t finish something on the list the world is not going to end so move on and add it to your list tomorrow. It’s all about prioritizing the important things. My last tip for list making is to actually cross it off, seriously! At the end of the day you will have such a sense of accomplishment when you see everything crossed off. I even go as far as writing things down I did that wasn’t on the list and crossing it off.
- Shut the TV Off
I know! You may be rolling your eyes at me right now and that’s okay. By shut off the TV I’m not telling you to cancel your cable and Netflix subscription right now. Relax and take a deep breath. For some people the television may be an escape from the everyday. For example, my Monday nights for as long as I can remember consists of me snuggled up in bed, with a tea gasping at the latest drama on whatever Bachelor franchise that is currently airing. Let’s face it, once you have kids date night is normally binging a cool new Netflix Original! We all have a guilty pleasure so I get it. But maybe you don’t need to watch every single reality tv, medical drama, soap opera, talk show and game show that has ever been made. Don’t leave the tv on as background noise and constantly running because you’re bound to get sucked in. Until I had my daughter I was pretty much a TV addict. The first step is admitting it right?? Now I have a handful of shows that pvr or binge at night while my daughter sleeps. It’s all about balance. Going from five episodes to one or two will definitely find you more time. I can’t wait to share some of my favourite TV escapes because if you’re going to watch it, it needs to be worth it!
- Learn To Say No
Have you watched the movie Yes Man where Jim Carrey could only say yes to everything someone asked him to do? I’m here to tell you the opposite. Say no! As a people pleaser and someone who suffers from major FOMO this has been the hardest for me. I absolutely never want to offend someone by declining an invitation. I’m Canadian and in true Canadian fashion I would never want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m also like Aerosmith and I don’t wanna miss a thang! It’s a double whammy. But you know what’s even worse than listening to your friends talk about a get together you missed? Being completely absent in your own life. Not getting to stop and take in everything around you because you’re too busy rushing from one thing to the next. Look at your schedule. Is it a priority? Do you have the time to be present? Will it bring you happiness? If you have the time, do it? If it’s going to stress you out, decline? Easy Peasy! The more you do it the easier it will become.
- Cool it on Social Media
Let me start by saying that social media is an incredible platform. But you already know that. You also know that it’s very easy to get pulled down the rabbit hole. One minute you’re checking a notification on Facebook and 3 hours later you are creeping your neighbour’s mechanic’s dog pictures from last June. The struggle is real. Again, it’s not realistic to delete Snap, Insta or Facebook and move on with our lives. As someone who has a social media based business I get that for 95% of the population that is impossible! But I’ve found ways to navigate through them without losing an entire day. When I’m on social media I limit myself to 15 minute increments. That’s it. Timer set…15 minutes on the dot. I tend to do this 5 or 6 times a day. I get what I need done in 15 minutes and am not wasting a crazy amount of time on nothing. Time yourself the next time you pick up your phone, you will be shocked!
These few things have made struggling to find me time a thing of the past. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me! Please let us know your ideas on how to gain time and what you do with all your extra time!