Life’s busy and at times overwhelming. It’s hard to find time to get all the household chores complete, exercise, eat healthy, spend time with loved ones and work. That typically leaves no room for fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring activities. Yet, you yearn for more down time to indulge in things that make you the happiest like fishing, biking, painting, reading, baking and just being. So how do you squeeze more into your day without cutting out responsibilities?
Keep Your Calendar Free
As enticing as it may be to say yes to every social invitation that comes your way it can be very freeing to have an open calendar. You’ll run yourself ragged if you’re booked daily with familial obligations, friend gatherings, and the latest gallery opening. Staying in and enjoying some alone time can be so rejuvenating. It’s necessary to refill your buckets before jam packing your schedule again. Give yourself permission to slow down and just enjoy some time with no agenda.
Avoid Information Overload
These days, every piece of information you could ever want is right at your fingertips as you search, scroll and swipe. Between your phone, tablet, laptop and smart TV you can be inundated with some form of communication all day long. It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with it all. It’s hard to focus on your own output when you’re constantly getting input from other sources. Be extremely discerning with your media intake and consistently take breaks from all the noise.
Stop spending half of your day in the car. When possible walk or ride your bike and enjoy the benefits of exercise and fresh air. Make it a point to take one less trip a day in your car. Maybe that means finding a doctor and dentist that are closer by. Give your local shops the business by staying close to town instead of doing errands all over the place. Find more time in your day for the things you love to do and less time caught up in traffic. Spend less money on gas and maintenance for your car and avoid the stresses of being on the road.
Cut Out Toxic People
There is no bigger drain on your time and happiness than toxic people. They will suck the life out of you. If you are constantly showing up for people that don’t have enough respect to do the same for you it’s time to let them go. You’ll spend all your free time trying to make this person happy and you’ll never succeed. Wasting your precious minutes listening to the never-ending drama will leave you feeling depleted. Find like-minded people that are uplifting and inspiring to spend more time with.
Stop Buying Things
Things not only cost money which creates a strain on your bank account and causes financial anxiety, things also require maintenance. The more stuff you have the more time you spend fixing it, cleaning it and replacing it. So many people continue to collect clutter and their living space becomes a shrine to forgotten consumerism.
Buy things that will add to your well-being such as bicycles, garden tools, books and art supplies. Keep your items to a minimum and stop adding to the landfills.
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