Updated: May 11, 2022
If you read the This is Me! blog post, then you know I have several hobbies that I enjoy (reading, camping...etc.). Finding the time to fit everything into the day, or even the week, is a struggle. Time seems to be the one thing I am constantly running out of. To be honest, I do it to myself. My brain doesn't want to sit still anymore. It is always on to the next challenge or next event. I like to be involved in all the things and be there for my kids. That means I get to wear many hats. Mom, Wife, Administrative Assistant, Director of LACE, Dance Fitness Instructor, and parent member of Site Base. It is a lot to juggle, but I manage, and I want to share some of my tips with you.
#1) Stacking. This is where you integrate two tasks together. It's a 2 for 1 deal. I enjoy listening to podcasts and walking on the treadmill. Both of these activities recharge my body and mind. Combining them allows me to get my exercise in and fuel my mind. It's a great way to start your day! Exercise is the easiest task to stack. You could take your dog for a walk, this combines exercise and going outside. Need some girl time? Walk with your friends and/or family. That combines getting your social time and exercise. Want to stay caught up on your favorite shows? Watch TV on the treadmill or do exercises that can be done in your living room while watching TV.
#2) Take notes. I would be lost without my sticky notes or notes app on my phone. I use them to make list of what I need to do or buy. Without them, a lot of my time would be spent trying to remember things. Use lists to help yourself to prioritize what needs to be done and see if you can combine any of the tasks.
#3) Prioritize and schedule time for what you love. A mom without an escape, becomes a grumpy mom. We need that quiet alone time to be the best version of ourselves. Reading is my escape and helps me to relax. It has been on the back burner, but I'm starting to make it a part of my daily routine. I now wake up 30 minutes earlier to take the time to read. Also, when I can, I read before bed. We send the boys to bed at 8 and while my husband takes his shower, I get to be alone and enjoy some reading. Find what recharges you and prioritize it. It could be waking up before the kids to drink a cup of coffee or tea in silence. It could be walking and listening to a podcast, or it might be going to a fitness class that you enjoy. If it brings you joy, it counts.
#4) Monitor your screen time and set limits. Ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling for hours when you only meant to scroll for a few minutes? Did you know Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have settings to monitor how much time you spend on them? You can go into your account settings and have the app send you reminders to take a break or let you know how much time has gone by. Go check it right now and see how much time you spend on each app. Set a goal to reduce it and use that time for a project or task you need to complete.
Comment and let me know if you found these tips helpful. What tips/tricks do you use to create more time for what you love? Need help creating a routine? Join me for Group Coaching or 1on1 Health & Wellness Coaching. Message me for details.