This extended weekend has absolutely flown by. I guess it goes by faster when you’re busy as opposed to relaxing. Well, change can’t occur without effort!
I talk a lot about “change”, and pursuing the things that you love. I understand, as I’m sure that you do too, that all of that takes a lot of time. We all know that time is fleeting, and some of us don’t have much of it left at the end of our busy days. I am lucky enough to have a couple hours of free time during the week, and many more on the weekend. However, I do work an eight to four, so I have to be smart about how I use my time during the week.
Here are some of the things that I do to maximize my time, maybe you’ll find them helpful as well:
I like to work out six days a week, it’s not something that I will compromise on. I feel healthier and ready to tackle life when I work out that often. If I wait until I get home from work, then I won’t be done working out until 6pm. Then, I’d have to take a shower and eat dinner, which would make it 7pm. I go to bed by 10pm at the latest, so you do the math.
Instead of waiting until after I get off of work to work out, I wake up at 5:30am to complete it before I go to work. This allows me to get my workout and my shower done before I even officially “start my day” at work. Believe me, I am always exhausted when I wake up- it’s not an easy thing for me. But I feel so refreshed afterwards and it extends my always-too-short day.
I also make a “short” list while I am at work. Included in this list are things that I have to do that night no matter what. Since I usually have at least a few hours before I hit that sack, I always make sure to do something productive when I get home. This list usually pertains to my most recent projects that are going to help me reach my goals.
In order to add even more time onto my day, I multi-task. While I’m cooking dinner, I’ll start writing a post. Or, I’ll do laundry while I am working out. Sometimes I’ll take a walk as my “relaxation” for the day, and bring my camera with me. This way I can snap nature photos for the blog, or just for fun.
I’m not a procrastinator, but for those of you who are I recommend taking on tasks as they come. A good rule of thumb is that if it is going to take you five minutes or less, always do it right away. You feel so much more in charge of your own life when you are not drowning in over-due library books, and late fees.
Lastly, I always make sure that I get some down time. This may seem like it is actually going against the main point of this post, but it’s not. I believe that it is important to let yourself rest, and have a chance to relax and reflect on the day. Whether it be an hour of Netflix, a massage from your significant other or even just a bowl of ice cream. There is something very different about this “down time” that allows you to replenish your energy.
I don’t mean that you should get off of work, grab a bowl of ice cream and do nothing for the rest of the night. I just mean that in order to stay motivated, you have to let your body and mind have a little break. If you have five spare hours when you get off of work, and you spend four of them working, I think that you should take at least an hour to do something relaxing. This will allow you to rest and not feel like you are over-working yourself!
Those are pretty much the basic things that I have been doing to make sure that I am getting the most out of my day. Although it takes some balancing, it has been working fairly well for me!
How do you get the most our of your day?