Wow, spring is finally here! Isn’t it glorious! So much to do—rake up the leaves, plant the bulbs, clean the gutters, switch from winter to spring clothes—in addition to work, family, community obligations and everything else that we usually do in any given week. Where are we going to find the time to do it all?
Each time the seasons change, life gets busy, especially here in the Northeast. How can we manage our time? How can we make sure that all the things we “want to” be doing are included in all the “must dos”? It’s sometimes a high wire balancing act.
One of the helpful things you can do to manage your time is to create an Ideal Week chart. On this chart put your “must do’s”, and then you can clearly see how much time you have left to add your “want to’s”. “Want to’s” are those things that are important to you, aside from your obligations–the things that give your life joy and meaning.
It makes it easier to say no when asked to give your time to something that really isn’t a priority for you. It will remind you not to get stuck in time and energy draining situations you really don’t want to be in.
It will allow you to create a life that includes all the parts that really feed you but often get bumped into the “someday when I have time” category, like going to a cultural event, spending time in nature or pursuing a creative activity.
It’s not easy balancing all the parts of our life with only 24 hrs in a day, but when we become more conscious of where our time is going, we can choose more wisely how we want to spend it.