Today, I’m going to teach you how to have a less stressful schedule.
We all have a lot going on, right? We have appointments, jobs, kids, businesses, church or volunteer work, and the list goes on.
And as a result, we’re overwhelmed. We have crammed our schedules with so many things that we hardly have time to sit down. And we’re mad about it. We keep saying how busy we are and how we don’t have time, and yet we keep adding more to our plates. How do we stop this? Or how do we take things off that we’re ready to let go of?
How to have a less stressful schedule:
Today, I’m going to walk you through some simple steps that will help you make the changes you need to make to de-stress your schedule, let go of what’s not working, and free up time for the things that matter most.
Start with a few questions:
- What do you wish you had more time for?
- What do you wish you could spend more time doing?
- Where is your free time going?
- When you do have time, how do you spend it?
- What’s the one thing you want to take off your plate right now?
Look over your answers. I’d also suggest you take out your calendar (or pull it up on your phone) and look at where your time goes. Now that you have an idea of what you are spending time doing and what you don’t want to spend time doing, let’s change things up.
When people are wanting to get out of debt, they make a budget, right? They look over their bank statements and see where their money is going so they will know what they need to spend less on and where they can get some of that money back to put it towards the debt. We’re going to do the same thing here.
Track your time.
We all have 24 hours in a day. While I don’t particularly care for the statement, “we have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé”, because yes, we do, but no, you might not have the team or the finances she has so I’m not going to use that quote here.
What you do have is a CHOICE. You can choose how to use your time. You choose every single time you pick up your phone and scroll Instagram. You choose every single night you sit down and turn on the television. You choose every single time you agree to work extra hours when you planned to go to that networking event after work and meet new people or that exercise class you have been wanting to try.
I’d challenge you to track your time and see where it’s going. I think you have more time than you think.
Notice your thoughts.
How do you think about your time? Are you always saying, “I don’t have time”, “I’m so busy”, “I wish I had time for that”? Pay attention to that. When you think those things, your brain goes to work to prove that true. What if you thought, “I make time for what’s important”? Your brain will then go to work proving THAT true. You’ll figure out that you could get up an hour earlier. You could put your phone down and pick up a book. You could go on a walk after dinner instead of watching television.
Make one change this week.
Not next week. Not when things slow down. Not when the kids go back to school. Now. Today. This week. Pick ONE thing you want to do more of or less of and adjust accordingly.
Want to workout? Look up the schedule for the gym/class and go to a class this week.
Want to work less? Be more intentional about your time AT work and use these tips to be more productive.
Want to date your husband more? Decide what night you can both make it work, get a babysitter or trade nights with another couple, and make it happen.
Your goals are possible and you do have time. It’s possible to de-stress your schedule to make time for the things that matter. If it still feels overwhelming, I offer one-on-one life coaching to help you make time for the things that matter to you and accomplish your goals. Book your free clarity call here.