Have you ever noticed how crazy the world can get? It seems like a day doesn't go by where we end up having to do more and more. If it isn't our work, then it's the family, and if it isn't the family, then it is your friends. Everything continuously adding up until it seems like you no longer have any time to yourself. That's why it is so important to learn how to simplify your schedule. Here's how you do it.
- Create long term goals. The first step in learning how to simplify your schedule is to create some long term goals. By having some long term goals, you will be able to figure out what you should do each and every day. While it may be nice to have several pages full of different goals that you will be working on for the rest of your life, it is actually better to only make a few goals that you can focus on pretty much exclusively, and do those well.
- Create a "To-Do" list. Each day, week, and month take some time to create a "to-do" list built from your goals. This will give you time to figure out what you need to do to be able to complete your goals, while also allowing you to create a schedule that will allow you to accomplish what you need to do.
- Cut back on activities. Perhaps the biggest drain on anyone's schedule is all the different activities that can creep in. If you find yourself getting stressed out by needing to be several different places all at the same time, then it is time to begin cutting back on the activities. Just like multitasking has been shown to actually decrease productivity (despite the fact that we all seem to need to do it), by trying to do several activities done at once, we never really do any of them very well. If at all possible, limit yourself to only a couple of activities each week, and have your family do the same. That way everyone can support each other in what they are doing.
- Make time for what is important. Perhaps the single most difficult aspect of learning how to simplify your schedule is to learn what is important and what is not. Everyone has something, or someone that is important to them, and it is vitally important to make time for that in your schedule.
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