Chasing Sanity: Simplify Your Life Through an Easy Time Management System
There are only very few things in life we can’t control and time is one of them. Where does the day go? How about the month, the year, or half a lifetime? Time seems to speed up every year.
I used to take time for granted. In my youth, I thought nothing of time. I had the arrogance and ignorance to waste it. Time had its’ revenge on me for that later by doubling down in speed, so those entire years disappeared, and I felt like I was constantly racing behind, trying desperately to slow down the clock.
While I still haven't figured out how to time travel, over the years of being a busy entrepreneur and a mom, I have worked out a few tricks to better master my time and increase my productivity. Let me share a few today with you.
I divide the issues of time management into two parts: Mindset and Systems
Are you surprised that your mindset may be at the root of the problem? Before we discuss systems, let’s get honest about how you are boycotting you. If you don’t fix these first, no time management system will save you.
1/ Become a Minimalist
Most of us have too much stuff. Get rid of a lot of it. Stop buying so many new things. I love the Marie Kondo method and book of asking yourself if your possessions bring you joy and if not, getting rid of them.
2/ Stop People-Pleasing or Feeling Guilty
Yes, I’m talking to you! You think you are superhuman and must over-deliver in all areas: as a worker, a student, a friend, a lover, or a parent. You don’t have to “do it all”. You actually will become worse in all those areas by overdoing it, not to mention boycotting your career. Find balance and create healthy boundaries with people, especially avoid those who exploit you.
3/ Become a Yes or No Person
Life is too short to be a “maybe” person. Say ‘no’ to twice as much as you say ‘yes’ to. Our day is limited and we can’t do it all. We also shouldn’t stuff our day full. We need white space to think, to sit, to be bored, and to…