How Time Management Can Improve your Wellness Game
Two themes continuously popping up on social media right now are time management and self-esteem. February is only the second month of the year but many people have already lost the pep, spunk and willpower they brought into the New Year.
That’s not going to be you. This is your year to be and feel better than ever!
Time management and self-esteem improvement are very much a couple. Few other things can make you feel consistently better about yourself than kicking ass at managing your time. Spare or managed time means more of all the things you deserve in your life! This includes leisure activities, hobbies, self-care and being able to work fitness and nutrition into your busy lifestyle.
Here are my top five tips to help me manage my packed schedule and still find time for my personal fitness and nutrition goals.
No more half-work, just do it.
LeBron has never played with a ball in one hand and a phone in the other.
Brad didn’t give his Oscar winning performance while online shopping between takes.
We aren’t even allowed to text and drive.
Fully engage in your tasks and activities. Otherwise, you’re taking you twice as long to accomplish half as much and you’re not doing anything well. Multiple studies have confirmed multitasking is not something people are good at. Productivity can be lowered by as much as 40%.
To truly get into the game of focus, close the 400 browser tabs you have open, hide your phone from yourself and pretend nothing else exits (unless there’s a fire or something, that definitely exists).
If you can’t do that, come back to it another time. Go do whatever you’d rather be doing or deal with whatever is taking up your headspace. The human brain is only able to focus for about 90-minutes at a time so it could be that your brain is telling you that it needs to mix it up.
Plan, plan and plan more.
Developing plans for your day/week/month/life can help you push from the clutter and focus on the most important tasks ahead.
One of the most sure ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your huge to-do list with it’s big important tasks as a single entity. You have to break it down. A great tactic is to take on your biggest tasks in the morning. These are your most important tasks (MITs) of the day. Accomplishing these will give you a lot more confidence in your abilities and make the rest of the list look a lot less scary.
Adding a “done list” to your to-do list is another great strategy. Reminding yourself what you’ve done in the past, helps you realize what you’re actually capable of in the future.
Eliminate the non-essential.
We’re talking about online shopping without any intention of buying anything, excessive social media usage and the never-ending phone calls because you’ve somehow become an essential advisor in your friend’s relationship drama.
However, it also can be deeper than that. Once upon a time not so long ago, people considered complete exhaustion a badge of honour and a byproduct of being a hard worker. As a result, we still do stuff that might not be worth our time or energy when we’re extremely stressed, burnt out or dealing with heavy work commitments. Sometimes we just can’t handle it. It’s totally OK to admit that and ask/hire/find help.
If it’s a need, there’s an app for it.
Focus on creating habits.
Time is life’s great equalizer. We all get 24 hours.
Those who achieve seemingly impossible feats in that time do so because they’ve created a mentality that allows for an impossible day to be a normal Tuesday.
It all starts with habits. They make life manageable.
Getting to the point where working out and eating well is manageable means getting to the point where it’s habitual or normal for you. Your co-worker who wakes up at 4AM and runs 10k has made that run part of her routine and so her schedule accommodates it.
Creating and building habits helps you feel in control of your life, time and productivity which equals confidence and self-esteem.
Enjoy the process
Enjoy living your schedule. The purpose of time management is to create more balance, more peace and more self-esteem. It’s about making your life better and that’s pretty hard if you aren’t taking pleasure in the day. Figure out the things you love and make an effort week by week to schedule them in. Life is worth living to your fullest and there's no better time to start than now!