Helpful Tips for Freeing Up Your Time and Mental Energy
How can I possibly ever have the time to get everything done while staying sane?
We’ve all been there. Exhausted and in a fog at the end of the day after what seems like a never ending stream of decisions, emotional demands, and even necessary needs that require our attention. And for many of us, we have to somehow “put the day to bed” so we can wake up and do it all again tomorrow.
It doesn’t always have to be that way. Having a strategy for your time will allow for improved mental energy that leads to a path for freedom.
With so many tasks competing for our time, it can be difficult to know where to begin. If you’re having a difficult time planning your day or if you’re finding yourself running out of time, it may be time to reverse engineer your schedule. You might have to start by keeping an honest record of how you spend your time throughout the day.
What you give your time to reveals your priorities. If your record shows activity that doesn’t support your goals, then it’s time to make a new plan.
Here are 3 tips to help you find more time to get the most out of your day:
Make your daily choices ahead of time. A little bit of planning can go a long way. Often, everything can feel overwhelming when you are in the moment. Consider the easy responses and keep it simple. For instance, when you already know the answer to basic choices, such as meals, bedtimes, and weekend plans, it becomes something you don’t have to think about, and can free up a ton of mental energy.
Eliminate distractions. What needs to be true for you to work more efficiently? Make a list of those things that can prevent you from staying focused on your goals. We suggest small changes of closing your office door, putting your phone on silent, or even turning off email or messenger notifications to allow for focused times of work.
Delegate tasks that you’re not good at. Often, we find clients who are suffering through tasks that suck the life and time out of them because they feel that they can’t afford to delegate the task or project. As you go work through tips one and two, you’ll begin to gain clarity on which tasks are consuming your time and mental energy. Those tasks that continue to surface as the ones you dread or keep putting off are the ones that are holding you back and, therefore, need to be delegated.
Stop spending an inordinate amount of time on things that yield only a mediocre result. You deserve better and can do better. Take back control of your time so you can find freedom, restore your joy, and grow your business.
Happy to help,
Andrea and Amy