Feeling Better in February

We have all heard of months or days being declared as National Months or National Days. Some of these designations are government declarations, some are proclaimed by a cause or an organization, and others are just made up for the fun of it. These labels range from Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (June) to National Taffy Day (May 23rd). This year, we are going to consider how a few of these relate to organizing.

One of February’s designations is American Heart Month. Its declaration is intended to bring attention to the need to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. One of the factors that can increase heart disease risk is stress. Be intentional with your time, carefully choosing the focus and duration of your activities, and you will find yourself experiencing less time management stress. Your heart will thank you.Like a bookcase with defined sides and a top, a day can only hold so much. We can try to fit more into it, but it just will not fit, creating unneeded stress.

These T.I.M.E. tips will help you evaluate what can fit into your day.

Time – Where does your time go? Create a list of “what is on your plate” right now. It should include both the big events as well as the smaller things in life like eating, driving, helping a child, social media, etc. You can use a time map for a week to see how much time each of your activities consumes (for time map click here). You may be surprised to see where the time goes.

Importance – What is most important to you? What are the absolute “musts” in your day? Do you see your priorities reflected by the amount of time they currently get? Are there time consumers which do not match your goals?

Modification – How can you modify your schedule to reflect your priorities? Saying “yes” to one thing means you often must say “no” to something else. Make sure you are saying “yes” to those things that you value most, and do not let the less important ones push out your top priorities.

Evaluation – Does your revised use of time match your goals? Are you feeling like you are using those limited minutes and hours toward the things you want? Evaluate your time use often as our lives, needs, and priorities can change. Regularly creating a time map is a great way to do a checkup on where your time goes each day.

It is your 24 hours. Be intentional with your time, carefully choosing the focus and duration of your activities, and you will find yourself experiencing less time management stress. Your heart will thank you.
© 2021 Beth Giles    

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