Most of us manage our time in the same way: we create to-do lists and prioritizing all the checks on those lists. This prioritizing is usually based on us judging what is what is urgent and important to someone else, not our own values. So how do you stop and find more yourself more time for self-care?
But there is another thing we don't consider when managing our time....HOW do we want to be spending our time? What do we VALUE?
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hofmann
This is where the tools of eliminate, automate and delegate can save you. These three simple tools are hard for our minds to accept because they require change and make us relinquish control but thankfully they are tiny things that lead to a great feeling. So try them and with that extra time give yourself something even greater - self-care!
There are so many things we do each day that do not need to be done at that moment, or at all. They are old habits, or ways or minds like to escape into the mundane or safety of routine. Pay attention to how you are spending your time and who you are spending it with. Are you getting energy from that time or person or is it just part of the old routine? Why are you doing this? Does it fit your life, where you life is today? Not a year ago or even a month ago? Re-evaluate and if it doesn't fit, eliminate it...or....
Automate it. Everything can be automated these days...take advantage of it. Online billing, ordering groceries, having water, prescriptions and pet food delivered, getting your car washed in your driveway once a month. Setting up all your family's doctor and dentist appointments for the year one one day. Take a look at your budget and see what you are paying in money and time and then make a decision that supports both. Your time is just as valuable as your money and most automated options are actually cheaper!
Delegating may be the hardest because it means letting go and trusting someone else....aka vulnerability. But if you can afford it...and today most services are really affordable...having an vendor or assistant take on daily tasks that free your mind up for creative thinking, leadership, self-care and family time are way more valuable. So push you mind to be a tiny bit uncomfortable by making one change at a time and then see the pay off and how good it feels. The next change will come easier.
Now that you have an extra 15 minutes a day think about how you can take care of yourself! What do you value, how do you want to connect with yourself and those around you? How nice to have the luxury of asking these questions, right!
Then listen to my Just Breathe with Eileen Fein podcast, which are about 15 minutes, to rejuvenate yourself with meditation each day.