I’m pretty sure that most of us can agree that life can seem quite demanding at times…with aging comes greater responsibility and the more responsibilities we have, the more time we need to tend to those responsibilities.
Our perception of time as a child seemed ample and now that we’re adults it seems that there is never enough time to do anything. It is as if time has become the new commodity…which it has!
From the time you lay your head down on your pillow to sleep each night until the time you awake each morning, you are losing time!
Now I’m definitely not trying to insinuate that getting enough sleep is not important because it most certainly is! I’m just emphasizing that your time is also important.
Your time is very valuable. In fact, it is just as important to your daily life as your health!
The best way to understand how important time is in your life is to consider your life expectancy (the average number of years a person is expected to live after birth).
There are several significant factors that affect a person’s life expectancy (i.e. geographical location, sex, environmental factors, health status, etc).
We already know this…we just tend to forget because we’re always busy…busy working and making a living!
Because you already know this, you must get in the habit of focusing your energy on using your time wisely.
If you want to achieve total wellness in your life, you must be sure to consistently prioritize and organize your responsibilities!
As stated in earlier posts, the first step of being able to live a life of fulfillment and happiness is to work on changing your mindset…change comes by reprogramming your mind (you’ll see this line repeated in my posts more and more frequently)…and by doing so, you will hopefully begin to remember how important changing your mindset really is.
Organization in your life must be consistent. Think about it for a minute…time is continuous…time doesn’t wait for anyone to fulfill his or her tasks…therefore, one must stay consistent in order to maximize one’s time.
Life without order is problematic. Thankfully, there are things that we can do to help make our lives more organized and save time.
Did you know that as you age your memory fades? There is no need to worry though…not all memories fade away, especially if you’re not living a sedentary lifestyle. However, short-term memory retention increases with decreased physical activity!
Are you starting to see how everything I’ve been talking about thus far relates to your overall health and total wellness?
Just as I have stated before…once you achieve total wellness in your life, you will become whole in every area of your life!
It is always best to try to always plan ahead and write things down! Staying organized also helps reduce stress!
Can you recall a time when you went grocery shopping but forgot to plan your trip and didn’t make a list? Did you leave the store only to find out that you had forgotten to purchase an item?
Now think about all the time you could have saved if you would have planned ahead and written down all of the items you needed ahead of time.
It may seem systematic or even time consuming to have to always write things down and organize your day, but overall it can be very beneficial in the long run.
The more organized you are…the more time you will have for yourself! If you want to be able to get back to doing the things you love, you must first get organized!
Here are some simple tips to get you started (the key is to create an organization system that matches each of your responsibilities…for home, work, and even leisure activities)
- keep a calendar or two nearby (electronic/paper calendar) to log all of your tasks so that you don’t miss important deadlines…having more than one calendar is essential since it allows you to separate your tasks individually
- schedule time on each calendar according to each responsibility create a calendar for work tasks, followed by home tasks, then leisure activities, etc.
- create a good ole daily “to do” list to help plan your activities for the day
- plan ahead once a week
- select the clothes you plan to wear a week in advance
- make a list of the foods you plan to eat a week in advance
- create a physical activity plan/fitness routine a week in advance
Do you have some more ideas or organizational tips? If so, please share.