Time management and self care
Time management and self care are learned habits. It may require more or less self discipline for some of us than others so just remember that it can be learned. Have you read my previous blog post about Time Management and Self Care?
Self care habits, or Optimal Habits ©
All habits including self care habits are formed over time and with repeated practice. The term Optimal Habits © is how I describe those habits that help you to sustain your health and well being. They include being organized and learning effective time management skills that allow you to feel good about yourself and your life. Making time for self care is a choice and the choice is yours to make.
Time management and self care means creating and maintaining a consistent system that allows you to have time:
- To be alone, relax, cultivate introspection through spiritual or religious practices if you choose.
- To be with family and friends and socialize.
- For an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep every night.
- For eating healthy meals and snacks without distractions or multi tasking.
- For being outdoors.
- For exercise.
- For fun and pleasure.
- To pursue your hobbies, interests and personal development.
- To care for your home.
- For your career, work, and professional development.
As a Time Management Coach and Professional Organizer I encourage all of you to make yourself a priority. You and those you interact with will benefit in so many ways.
Time management and self care tips
Here are some tips that you can try for time and management and self care:
Wake up 15 minutes earlier every morning. Visualize something that you can do with those 15 minutes that is important to you and that you feel as if you never have time to do. Spend those 15 minutes doing your desired activity and connect with how that makes you feel.
Schedule time to do nothing! That means nothing except breathe in whatever position you prefer. One caution about doing so lying down is that you may doze off. If your intention is to take a power nap rather do nothing, set a timer and nap.
Nurture your creativity. If you like to write find a quiet location and write on a regular basis. If you like to cook, find 1 day when you make time to prepare something special and comforting. If you like to dance but don’t have time to take a class, close the bedroom door and play your favorite music. “Dance like no one is watching.” I’m not artistic but I love to color in adult coloring books. Do whatever feeds your creative spirit.
Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. It’s easy to get dehydrated during a busy day. Before you go for that first cup of coffee start self care early in your day.
What else can you make time to do?
December 13, 2011Don’t sabatoge your time. Plan to run errands at times when you are least likely to have to wait in lines. Too many excuses not to exercise? Do it first thing in the morning before you turn on the computer! Make difficult phone calls first & get them over with. Read more
December 12, 2011Establish a routine for accomplishing regular tasks. These might include: responding to email, paying bills, making phone calls, running errands. Set a day & time slot to do these tasks. For example, commit to some type of exercise every morning from 7-8 a.m. Check email 2x/day from 10-10:20 a.m. and 3-3:20 p.m. The benefit of a routine is to create ... Read more
December 9, 2011Most kids are on vacation for at least 2 weeks. No matter what their ages that’s a long time and planning some activities is in everyone’s best interest. TIPS: Use a calendar that is visible to the family & write down scheduled activities. Schedule time for reading (let them select the books) & mark due dates. Schedule time ... Read more
December 5, 2011There are some basic tips for getting started that are easy to implement: TIP 1: Get rid of all clothing that is stained & torn. TIP 2: Get rid of all clothing that you have not worn in more than two (2) years. TIP 3: Get rid of clothing that does not fit you now…too tight, too loose, too short, ... Read more
December 4, 2011If you are asking, “Do I need a makeover?” that means that the idea has already crossed your mind and that you are open to the process. That’s great! Everyone – men and women – can benefit from a makeover. The Outside In Approach knows that helping you make the right choices about how you present yourself outwardly will ... Read more
December 1, 2011TIP #1: Do you have a stash of old tissue, gift bags, wrapping paper & bows? Instead of buying more, create a staging area in your home, lay it all out, use it up this season. TIP #2: Do you have a collection of flower vases or glass jars you’re not using? Get them out, clean ... Read more
November 29, 2011Do your teens say they have “nothing to wear”! Does it seem like they always want you to buy them something their friends are wearing? Here’s a fun idea: Have a party and ask the teens to bring items they no longer want to wear (but are in good condition). Hang them on a wardrobe ... Read more
November 28, 2011Even young children can get involved in organizing “games”. It’s a great way to learn concepts such as naming, sorting and categorizing. There are lots of ways to reinforce positive behaviors including sharing, donating, rotating the number of toys available (versus in storage), and so on. TIP: sort, purge, donate, and organize toys and games ... Read more
November 27, 2011Do your and your friends have a favorite cause or charity? Outside In Organizer & Makeovers recommends that in lieu of gifting more items, you consider giving one another donations to your preferred non-profit groups. Fund raising is critical to many important organizations and difficult in times of limited resources. The benefits? SAVE TIME – LESS ... Read more
November 25, 2011TIP #1: Remember to update your contact list. Note address, phone and email changes. If your information changed, consider enclosing a business card with the current information. TIP #2: Compile your list of holiday card/gift recipients and date it : “as of (year sent)”. Keep it on your computer and each year you can “save as”, ... Read more