make-time

That’s what this post is all about… making time. Maybe there are some new hobbies you’ve been wanting to try but you can’t seem to find the time to squeeze them in? Or perhaps you feel overwhelmed just trying to keep your head above water with everyday life.

* Give this a try. Download my time management sheet (yes, I am a nerd… but a well organized nerd!).

Jenny Garland Time Management Wkst

Print it and fill it out first with everyday routines (what time you get up, when the kids get up, meal times, nap times, school times, etc…).

The things on my chart at this point are more or less things that don’t change. They’re not super detailed (i.e. “Breakfast. Get Dressed.”).

Next I add on things that have to get done each day (chores, errands, work, studying, etc…).

Finally I add on fun extras like hobbies or dinner with friends.

After filling out the form, take a look to see if how you spend your time aligns with your priorities. If it does, fantastic! If it doesn’t, see what you can cut out to make more time for what’s important to you.

For example, if you are watching tv for 3 hours a night but feel like you don’t have any time for yourself, take a look at that. Spend time doing things you love; it’s energizing and replenishing.

Of course, there are nights when the kids have completely worn me out and I’m beyond exhausted. I will choose to veg in front of the tv but the next day I’ll pick it up and be more efficient.

It’s all about balance. I didn’t include weekends on this chart because for me, weekends are a time to unwind and be less structured.

I make it a priority to find at least 5 hours during the week to do something fun for just me (sewing, playing on Illustrator, blogging, etc.). Try it this week – I bet you’ll feel better and hopefully find some long lost energy. Remember, you can’t take care of anyone else until you take care of you!

Jenny

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9 thoughts on “Finding Time to Do What you Love!

  • January 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm
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    Thanks, Angie! I always find it useful when I feel stressed :)

  • January 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm
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    Keeping a time chart of daily activities sounds scarier and even more telling than keeping a food log…and not cheating on it…eek! Gonna give this a try – skeert!

  • January 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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    Great idea Jenny! I am going to download it right now! :)

  • January 18, 2011 at 7:39 am
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    Downloading :) I LOVE that you give yourself 5 hours a week. I think I’m going to start trying that after the boys go down , if I don’t fall asleep!

  • January 18, 2011 at 11:59 am
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    Thanks so much for sharing this. Sometimes it’s something as small as the act of writing down that hour of creative time that keeps it from getting lost in the shuffle. :)

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