Reduce the overwhelming sense of not having enough time
Rested and recharged after the holidays? While we might have left school, the new term rings a bell inside of us all; bringing back into focus our own timetable.
Are you caught up in endless tasks? Got that overwhelming feeling where the balance of home life, work and then fitting in fitness and social time has been lost? Have your 24 hours in a day stopped being enough?
Tech Time Drainers
We have a lot more ‘time drainers’ than we had before. Our smart phones and social media playing a huge part of this. In recent research by Ofcom, on average each of us in the UK are checking our phones every 12 minutes. As for daily usage the average time spent on a smartphone is two hours 28 minutes, rising to three hours 14 minutes for 18 to 24-year-olds and with women being higher users than men, the report indicates.
Our tech can be a big distractor and time drainer. However on the plus side, our tech keeps us connected with friends, family and local events. The answer is to be realistic and create a daily and weekly planner to build in time for everything you need to do and want to do.
It’s not all doing
It’s also important to remember life is not all doing, and creating time to just be is equally important for our wellbeing.
We all have the same amount of time every day: 1440 minutes/ 24 hours. Are ready to swap being overwhelmed, to being ready to embrace and energise your day?
No more overwhelming time: follow these 5 steps
A plan offers us a daily structure, a sense of place, space and time. When we are in control of our time we feel safer and more secure. Include regular routine in your plan ie: food shopping, events, fitness time, meal time, family time, partner time, you time, social media time, online research time.
Look at your plan and check how important all the tasks are to you? Do they have to be done this week? Reorganise the list in order of priority. Next, if there are still tasks to complete, is there any help you could ask for from other people in the house, family or friends? Next consider whether the other things can be moved to another day or next week. Often we think everything needs to be done now.
“Your planner is helping you prioritise your 1440 minutes every day.”
Use your planner to prepare for the week ahead. Check whether you need to purchase any items for the week ahead. Preparing is giving you time back instead of racing to the shops last minute or extra washing and ironing because an item was needed.
When you stop within your day, time is still ticking, yet your sense of time slows down. Your awareness of your thoughts, day, and events all come into perspective. It’s a time for you to process, appreciate, be grateful and learn through reflection from your world. This time out is valuable and can offer you more focus and energy to manage your day, week and month ahead. Create your mindful moment and moments of stillness sitting, taking a bath, sitting in the garden or taking a local walk.
Knowing what is important to you helps you enjoy life. Keep in touch with what you really enjoy doing, because we can get so busy we forget. When you’ve used the pause button a few times you’ll soon start to notice what you love doing and then you can create time for these things each week when you plan ahead.
Create Your Planner
- A notebook and pen for writing down things you discover you enjoy. (Avoid using tech as this can be a distraction.)
- Book out 30 minutes to do your 5 Time Saving P’s each week.
- Allocate one day of the week that suits your routine; this way you will stick to it.
Once you’ve spent at least one month using your planner, you will start to notice how and where your time is allocated. Like any change, it takes time to adjust. Also, things change, which mean our plan needs to change, and that’s OK. Learn to be flexible and know you have your planner to keep the daily overwhelm at a distance.
Remember it’s your time and your timetable. When you are in control of your time, and it no longer overwhelming you, you will have more time to enjoy being you again.