Life is busy, right? There’s so much to think about with work and family life; it can feel impossible to fit everything into the hours you are awake. So, if you are struggling to find balance, every aspect of your life can be impacted. It’s time to stop. It’s time to assess what is going on and identify how you can restore the equilibrium. If you are trying to make life run smoother, there may be things that you are doing in the daily routines that are acting as an obstacle to you feeling accomplished.
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Here are some tips to help you streamline your activities so you can feel that life is more relaxed.
1. Choose convenience
Do you always take the most convenient option? People tend to get stuck in the routine of going to the same places for groceries, dentists, or doctors – perhaps through a sense of misguided loyalty. The problem is that over time, often, these places don’t remain the most convenient choice.
For example, switching to a dentist who’s office is near your place of work means that you can visit during your lunch hour – you won’t have to take time out from work to visit or fight through congestion to get there on time. If you need to take your pet to the vets in Overland Park, pick one that has a drop-in clinic, so you don’t have the pressure of trying to get to a set appointment.
2. Simplify your decisions
There is so much pressure to be a high achiever in all that you do. It makes life complicated, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Every day a considerable number of decisions must be made. Some are important, but many are daily decisions that could be put on autopilot.
- What you make for dinner
You don’t have to be a cordon bleu chef every day. Batch cook meals and freeze them in family-sized portions. Simply take one out before work to defrost for cooking later. Maximum nutrition with minimum thought or effort.
- What you wear for work
Yes, you want to look nice for work, but it doesn’t have to be a huge decision. Buy wardrobe staples that you can mix and match without worrying whether they look good.
- Whose turn is it to take the trash out
Write a schedule for everyone in the household to follow. There are age-appropriate tasks that even children can do to help with the running of the house. Place it on the refrigerator, so everyone knows their role.
3. Learn to say no
Look at your diary. How many commitments are in it that you genuinely want to do? The chances are that there are a few scheduled appointments that you could do without. If you are finding that you are stretched too thin, you must learn to say no.
Take ownership of how you want to spend your time. Don’t be afraid to say no. Being assertive is not a bad thing. You will find that once you have said no a few times, your confidence will rocket. Learn to prioritize your needs. Take ownership of your schedule.
The only way to restore any sense of balance is by taking decisive action; it doesn’t have to be a battle. By following these three steps, you will regain control of your life and create more free time. Enjoy!
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