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Ways To Master Your Life Balance

May 22, 2008
We see these individuals on a daily basis. They appear to master time and always have plenty to spare. They can balance work, have a family, pursue hobbies and still have time for community functions or volunteer work. Fortunately, managing your time isn't something mysterious or difficult. It's as easy as prioritizing, simple time management and creating a list.

Prioritizing occurs when you know which tasks require attention today and which can wait until tomorrow. We are often hit with a variety of messages on the television that imply we must do it all today, regardless. That any attempt to put off something until a later date is just procrastination. This chaotic juxtaposition usually carries over into life and makes many consumers feel everything must be done today. It doesn't, and those who balance life and work have already figured this out. They understand that there really aren't more hours in the day and find ways to make the existing hours work.

In a sense, those who have time to do it all usually have more time due to personal planning. Their life is surprisingly calm and even because there is no mad rush to complete everything at this minute. They understand the sizable difference between realistic planning and procrastination. Time management doesn't require an intricate calendar, planner or software. It only requires that you should pay attention to detail and avoid stress as much as possible. Stress is a thief of your free time in that it clouds your thoughts. It creates psychological exhaustion before you have returned home from work. Instead of enjoying 30 minutes of relaxation with family, your mind immediately goes to what duties are waiting on you.

Deadlines at work are one of the most predominant culprits for eating away at our perceived time. This is not only something that concerns the average worker while at work. It is common for an employee under a deadline to take these worries home with them. This is a practice that will eat away at your available time and force you into the mindset that everything is functioning under that same deadline. Leave your concerns with work at work, and you will have already opened up a large chunk of time. Another related tip is to avoid keeping up with anyone at work or at home. A healthy sense of competition is completely unhealthy when it negatively affects your life.

Prioritizing may seem to be a tricky practice, but in reality it is simple. What must be done today? Housework and most cleaning can always be rescheduled to a later time. Many find great success with using a small planner for their week. You can delegate what tasks need to be performed over a series of seven days. By deciding what can and can't wait, you are balancing your life and allowing yourself more freedom in the long run.

Don't overload yourself with unreasonable demands. Allow ample time each day for unforeseen issues that may need your attention. If you can't accomplish everything you have set for one day, don't beat yourself up. You have not failed at managing your time. Reschedule the event for when you think you will have extra time and try again.

One of the reasons time management appears to be so difficult is that consumers tend to push themselves in their lives. Instead of rushing from work to home to prepare dinner, use a few hours on the weekend to prepare and plan your meals. Lasagna is a wonderful dish that can be made in batches, stored in the freezer, thawed during a work day and placed in the oven upon returning home. Whenever possible, do the prep work for your meals on the weekend to leave more time through the week.

Procrastination, as the adage goes, is the thief of time. This also applies to people who believe their lives are too chaotic. Try using procrastination in a positive way. For example, create a routine set of week days to perform typical household functions.

Laundry is a tedious task, and many of us put off doing laundry until we have a few loads waiting. Scheduling a regular day of the week for laundry will decrease the amount of time needed for the chore. General dusting in the home is a task that is usually done once weekly, while thorough dusting of all surfaces is done once monthly. If you mow the yard today, wait and trim the weeds and shrubbery tomorrow. It may seem easier to just get it over with, but that is time you could be spending on other activities. Trying to do too much in a single day will decrease the amount of time you have. Your body will be too exhausted to function normally afterward.

Instead of making many trips to the supermarket through a normal week, plan out your family's meals and just make one or two. Shopping for clothes and other necessary items can also be scheduled once or twice monthly to allow you time for other things.

Another common problem to avoid when working on managing your time is to refrain from doing too much. Pressure will can cause your newly found time to seep away. Watch how much volunteer or community work you undertake simultaneously. Allow yourself plenty of time to negotiate your duties and obligations.

With a little coordination and consideration, a solid weekly schedule can keep you from falling into the habit of rushing. There is no way of actually adding time to your day, but you can improve the quality and quantity of your free time. Avoiding stress will help you be healthier and your family happier, and your life will be much easier.
About the Author
Matt Duke is a successful wealth and lifestyle coach. To see more about opportunities of working with Matt please visit http://www.mdwealthcoach.com.
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