“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
Time management and organization saves lives. Well, more literally our time and energy. This new season brings with it new hardships, like getting out of bed when it’s still dark outside. For those of you feeling like you’re already Fall-ing behind, you’re not the only one. (See what I did there?) Check out these time savers and stress prevention measures to get organized, and stay organized.
Fall cleaning is just crucial as spring cleaning.
Keeping an organized, clutter-free home prevents wasted time cleaning or hunting down items you need. Take an inventory at the beginning of every season so you know what you own in order to make use of it, or do without. Everything must have a place, and we must know that place. For decluttering tips, check this out.
Schedule the sh*t out of your calendar.
By that, I mean write it all down. (Note: Being busy is not the same as being productive.) Scribbling down appointments and due dates are a given, but it’s the hobbies, workouts, and you-time that we must make time for too. They’re just as vital to our health and happiness. However minimal, carve out some time for yourself to explore, try new things, or simply to do nothing. Maintaining balance is the key to preventing burnout.
If you “can’t find the time,” evaluate why.
If you can’t find the time, it’s not important. That may seem like an over-generalization, but stop to really consider it. Ask yourself, What’s preventing me from doing this activity or spending time with this person? Is this in my best interest or is it a time filler? Maybe your subconscious is looking out for you. If you wanted or needed to do it, you’d make time. Get to the root of the dilemma, and either make the time or cross it off the list.
Remember to set aside quality time with those you love, especially yourself. It’s easy to let others hijack our time or stress over things that are out of our control, but know that it’s ok to be selfish sometimes. Your priorities matter. Give yourself permission to do you.