As much as we would like to have more, there are only 24 hours in every day. And let’s face it, it’s actually less than that for the average human being since we do have to factor in things like sleep.
But, by being mindful about how we use our time, we can make the most of our time and be more intentional with how we use our time.
Today I’m sharing mindful time management tips to help you make the most of your time. We’ve already discussed simple time management tips and creating a time management plan, so now let’s be mindful about how we use the time that we have.
With mindfulness, you can take control of the time that you do have and by managing your time, you’ll feel as if you do have more than twenty four hours in a day. Mindfulness is the key to time management that not only lets you get more done with the time you have, but you’ll also be less stressed.
To start, if you’ve learned about a complicated time management system that never seemed to work for you in the past, you need to stop striving. Using elaborate time management methods aren’t what you need, especially if they only add more of a burden.
You need something simple, which is why people find that mindfulness works for them. With mindfulness, there are several tips you can follow to manage the time that you do have.
7 Tips for Being Mindful About Time Management
First things first: stop.
Stop trying to run full speed ahead every single day followed by falling into bed exhausted only to have the whole thing start again the next day. You need to focus on what it is that you have to do.
Take a few minutes to think about the tasks without stress and without feeling pressured to get them done. By using mindfulness, you create a calm oasis in the middle of the busyness that can give you clarity when it comes to making decisions or choosing what has to be done.
Not everything that ends up on the to-do list is top priority. You can gain this brief respite with mindfulness by practicing some deep breathing exercises. This will help to focus your mind and relax any anxiety you might have over needing to get stuff done.
Once you focus, make sure that you’re being compassionate with yourself. Don’t allow those negative thoughts that tell you that you should have start earlier, should have worked harder, etc.
Become self aware of what you are doing and practice treating yourself kindly. Once you’re focused and aren’t judging yourself for what you need to do or for any past time management problems you may have had, you need to look over what you have to do.
It can help to write a list. Look at whatever is on your list that’s causing you to feel pressured or anxiety. If those are things that you can’t let slide, then do those things first to get them out of the way – things that weigh on you can cause mental weariness.
Then, decide what will happen if you don’t do everything on your list. The purpose for this exercise is that far too many people have a list of “must-do” when those things aren’t necessary at that exact moment.
You can only do what you can do in a day. Don’t force yourself to do more.
By practicing mindfulness, you can focus and gain clarity about what you must do with the time that you have. It will help you to see what you can put off, what you can do less often and any areas where it might be more beneficial to hire someone to complete the task.
Are you mindful and intentional with the time that you have? Does it help you manage your time better?