Use your time wisely with these time-saving life hacks.
All too often we claim that there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. But is that really the case? How we spend our time is just as important as what we need to achieve. Here are 5 life hacks to help you reclaim your time.
1. Tell People What You Need
There's nothing wrong with needing help. In fact, helping one another is what makes us human.
Telling people what you need sounds so simple, right? But it's actually really difficult because we're afraid. We're afraid asking for help will make us look weak, or like we can't handle our responsibilities.
But consider this: If you are truly in over your head, you're probably not getting everything done that you need to anyway. So it's not really helping to not ask for help...right?
Might as well give it a go. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
2. Simplify and Organize
Our society has trained us to love abundance.
We have been taught that having stuff will make us happier. We believe that we need more! More cars! More clothes! More money! More everything!
But you know what that really does? It makes us busy. And anxious. And that's not cool.
So start small...
Make a plan to clean out one section of your closet each week/weekend and donate clothes you no longer wish to keep. Create a simple chore schedule for the members of your household so that everyone knows what's expected of them and what needs to get done. Create a weekly (or monthly) dinner calendar so you don't have to think about dinner after a long day of work or taking care of littles.
Simply put: Get #organized, and enjoy those few extra moments to breathe.
3. Identify Your Sanctuaries
Figure out where you get to be you, unconditionally. Then make that place a priority.
Where do you feel most like yourself? That's a weird question, isn't it? But it's a good one.
God has placed sanctuaries for each of us all around this beautiful planet. The problem is, most of us get so busy with other stuff, that we don't take the time to figure out where those sanctuaries are.
And even if we know where they are, we don't make it priority to go to them.
But remember this: You can't pour from an empty cup. You need to refill, and replenish. Taking time to refill your cup isn't a waste of time. In fact, it can actually help you get time back.
When you are feeling more at peace, you don't waste all of your time WISHING you were at peace. Get it?
4. Say "No"
If you take nothing else from this post, remember that you can say "no" when you need to.
Taking on more than you can handle may win you a favorable reputation, but it can also win you a feeling of overwhelm.
And while it might feel good to please people, those same people will likely NOT be pleased with you when you drop the ball from taking on too much.
Sorry to say it, but it's true.
So learn that it's okay to say "no" to the things that people ask you to do if you don't think you can do them to the best of your ability. You don't have to take on everything.
And wouldn't it be great if you actually had the time to do a few things WELL instead of a lot of things not so well?
5. Shut Off Your Electronics
Electronics were created to save us time, but oftentimes it wastes it.
You're probably reading this post on your phone or tablet, which is great because you're getting valuable info.
But do me a favor. After finishing, please put down your phone and get out there and start doing.
We are all guilty of wasting too much time on our electronics- looking at social media or whatever it is that you love to peruse. But the problem is that those same electronics suck up our time in a way that we don't always notice.
They may take time away from our work, or our families. From volunteering or from rest. Either way, we need to put them down and get back to the land of the living.
Did you know that you can set timers on your electronics to alert you when you've spent too much time in an app or doing a particular function? Well, you can, and you should set them. A quick (and I mean quick) Google search will help you figure out how.
I have timers on several of my social media apps, and when I've hit my self-imposed limit, I put down my phone and get to the awesome business of living.