3 Steps to Make Time for What You Value

Do you often help others and as a result run out of time to
accomplish your own goals?

 

“We need a new Class mum”. “Yes, I’ll do it!”
“Can you draft the meeting notes?” “Yes, I’ll do it!”
“Who is coordinating our next ladies’ night out?” “Yes, I’ll do it!”
“I need someone to help me organize my home.” “Yes, I’ll do it … but my schedule is full.”

 

When people asked for help, I used to be the first one to put up my hand. Only later, I then realized I didn’t have time to work on my own goals. As a result I felt overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated and with this in mind I decided to do things differently.

 

Now, I have a strategy that helps me clarify my priorities and make the best use of my time.

Step 1: Find out what you want to accomplish this year

This helps you make decisions that get you there.

Answer these questions to discover your priorities:

 

What makes you happy, what it’s important to you?

Where do you want your energy to go?

What are some activities you would rather not do any longer?

What do you want to accomplish this year?

Where do you want to be 1 year from now?

Step 2: Declutter your schedule

Remove activities that don’t bring you closer to your goal to free up time for what is meaningful to you.

Let’s free up time in your schedule right now.

 

Say out loud: “Next year I will be … (working out regularly, better organized, etc.) and feel … (fit, in control, calm, etc.).”

Now open your calendar and delete everything that is a roadblock on your journey.

Delete those things that you never really wanted to do in the first place or aren’t bringing you closer to your goals.

If other people are involved, call them or drop them an email and say:
“I reviewed my calendar and noticed … I don’t have time to … so I like to cancel. I apologize for the inconvenience.”

Step 3: Schedule time for doing what is important to you

How I use my calendar to work on my goals:

To begin, in January I write down my personal, social, and business goals.

Next, on the first Monday of the month, I check my annual goals and then list what I am going to work on the coming month.

Finally, every Monday morning I spend 1-hour blocking time slots in my calendar during which I will actually get that work done.

These time blocks are appointments with myself; they are visual reminders of the priorities in my life.

First and foremost, I use one master calendar.

In order to deal with “emergencies”, I leave lots of empty space. In addition, I like to have the freedom to slow down and take a break from work when I don’t feel motivated or energized.

On top of that, it is also very important for me to always have time to connect with friends and family.

Making room for what I value most, helps me live a fulfilling life.

Next time before you say “yes” to demands on your time,
realize you are saying “no” to yourself.