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How to Regain Your Time Back

Aug 17, 2007
Do you feel like you're running around like a chicken with it's head cut off? By the way, since you're a 21st century person, you might not know where that saying comes from. On an old-time farm, housewives would start dinner oftentimes by killing the chicken. When they chopped of the head, the chicken's body would run every direction for a few moments. The analogy fits, considering the fast paced schedules most of us are on these days.

Anyway, you'd probably like to regain your time back. It's been said that everyone has twenty-four hours in every day. Yet, sometimes it seems like those hours just disappear, or are eaten up by running here and there, sitting in the car, or doing meaningless tasks. Here are some ideas for getting control of your time.

First, is there anything your are committed to or involved in that is really not fulfilling or meaningful to you? Maybe a hobby or class you're taking is no longer interesting to you. Maybe you're over-committed to driving your kids and other people's kids to their appointments and games. Is there something you could give up? The rest of the world will not stop turning if you give up one of these tasks.

I won't suggest giving up church or other spiritual activities, though. Faith can be the glue that keeps the rest of your life holding together. Look for less important things to give up as you find ways to regain your time back. The bottom line is, there is always something else for you to do these days. The idea is to choose the best ways to spend your time.

Another important aspect of regaining your time back is to get organized when it comes to mundane chores. Break them down into small steps, and then release yourself from the idea that they have to be done perfectly. A home can be kept orderly and clean with just a weekly hour of cleaning and quick pick-ups each day. In order for this to work, though, the place needs to be decluttered.

Actually, the concept of decluttering is important to the goal of regaining your time back. Get rid of things in your home that don't contribute anything to your happiness or well-being. If you have more stuff than you can comfortably fit into your home, then you have too much stuff. Look around for things you can sell. Or be a blessing to someone and give them some of your excess belongings. Too much stuff requires extra time in maintenance. It also increases the likelihood of needed items being lost in the shuffle. Hunting for the scissors or your keys can eat up valuable time if you are not organized.

Finally, think about the tasks you have to do. Could they be streamlined? Could you buy vegetables that are already cleaned, cut up, and ready for the pan? Could you provide bakery cookies for your child's classroom instead of committing an hour and a half to making them yourself? Could you get in the habit of tossing in a load of laundry every day so that it doesn't pile up into a time-consuming mountain? Look for ways to simplify the everyday tasks.

It isn't impossible to regain your time back, if you implement a few time-management techniques. Start now to simplify and enjoy your life again.
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