Stop Juggling…How to Get More Done in Less Time

Do you find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day? Our lives are so filled with work, family, and appointments that we Juggle-time-154x300often can’t seem to fit in everything we need to accomplish in a 24-hour day.

But what if we could accomplish more in less time? If this were actually possible, it would allow us more time with those we care about and more time to focus on ourselves.

The good news is: there are simple strategies you can use to make the most of your days!

These tips will enable you to get more done in less time:

  • Make a list. Write out everything that you need to accomplish, and then joyfully cross off each task as you complete it. As you see your list dwindling, it’ll provide the needed motivation to get the rest of the list done, too.
    • Put your list on the refrigerator, in your daily planner, or on the computer. Keep it somewhere handy so you can look at it often and stay focused.
  • Prioritize effectively. Determine which tasks are most important and what can possibly wait until later on in the day, week, or month. If this is something you’re having trouble with, you may be trying to squeeze in tasks that can actually be put on hold for a future time.
    • Note the deadlines for your tasks. If your in-laws are coming to visit, then cleaning the guest bathroom takes priority over re-organizing the basement.
  • Avoid procrastinating. Far too many people put things off to the last possible minute. When this happens, we rush frantically to accomplish everything, but we end up doing a cruddy job and get ourselves all worked up for no good reason. There is a better way!
    • Use your morning hours wisely and get tasks started early in the day. Chances are you’ll finish them in one day rather than having it drag into a second day because you didn’t have enough time to get things done. For some, this may mean waking up an hour or two earlier instead of sleeping an hour or two later.
  • Do the unpleasant tasks first. A great time management trick is to get the things you dislike out of the way first. If you keep putting it off, you’ll attempt to squeeze it in somewhere, and you’ll get the feeling of being overwhelmed.
    • Schedule something fun after you finish your to-do list. This will motivate you to complete the list quicker.
  • Multi-task if you can. If you’re able to accomplish two things at once, then by all means do it. If you can put dinner on the stove while making a doctor’s appointment or wait for a load of laundry to finish while you mend a pair of pants, you can cut your time in half.
    • Don’t sacrifice the quality of the tasks you’re performing. If you burn dinner because you were looking at the calendar to make an appointment, this only wastes more of your time in the long run.

Unfortunately, there are days where it seems like we don’t have enough of the precious gift of time. Thankfully, we can improve our time management skills so we’re able to accomplish more in any given day.

Improving these skills will reduce your stress level and give you more time to do the things that make you happy, leading to a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

Stress Free Living Tips for Dads

Many people think that dads have the easy job, but this is not true.  When you look at the job of a dad you’ll see that they are expected to move easily between their professional and family lives, all the while remaining calm, relaxed, productive, and attentive. 

If you’re a dad you are likely experiencing stress on a daily or weekly basis.  There are some great stress management tips that you can work into your life so you can continue to be the very best dad you can be, regardless of how old your children are.

Stress Relief Tips Just For Dads

  1. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself.  Not only does your family count on you being well, so does your employer, friends, and others.  Eat right, get enough sleep, and make sure you are taking vitamins.  When you combine these things, you help to fight off stress by building up your immune system so you are more likely to be healthy.
  2. Be a member of a team.  Make your family your team.  If you try to do everything on your own, you will suffer burnout in short order.  When everyone pitches in around the house, you will find that you have a lot less stress overall and you can be a more attentive and involved father.
  3. Make time management a priority.  When you are a parent you have a lot of different things vying for your time.  That’s why you’ll want to manage your time well so you can be where you need to be, when you need to be there.  You can do simple things to make your life and the lives of your family members easier. For example, create a chores schedule, work together with your spouse to prepare meals ahead of time, or create a schedule to pick up the kids.  When you manage your time you will be able to get more done without the headaches.
  4.  Create a support network.  When you are stressed out or angry you should be able to talk to someone to vent. Sometimes just being able to say how you are feeling or what is stressing you out can help a lot.  Your support network can consists of your spouse, friends, or even family members. 
  5. Communicate with your spouse.  When you have kids it can be difficult to get a full thought out in one breath because of constant interruptions.  That’s all the more reason to make a concerted effort to communicate well with your spouse.  This will allow you to work better as a team so the family unit functions well, but it will also help you be attentive to one another’s needs. After all, you need to love and support each other first!

Being a dad is a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful at times.  The strategies mentioned above can be worked into any dad’s schedule so stress is always kept in check.  When you start to incorporate these strategies into your life, everyone will benefit because a relaxed dad is a friendly, interactive, and present dad and that is what every child wants and needs from both of their parents. 

The great thing about these stress tips for dads is that they are easy to incorporate into your life, so becoming less stressed doesn’t need to be a stressful experience!  Take action, today, to proactively manage your stress and your entire family will benefit.

Stress Free Living De-Stressology Lesson – Think Positive

Think Positive- Positive thoughts lead to positive results. Surround yourself with positive energy and this energetic vibe will be released into your lifestyle and daily habits.

Feel do and be the good vibe.

Stress Free Living – Get Rid Of The Need to Create Obstacles In Your Life

Obstacles create roadblocks. My time is precious to me. I have a full and active life with many things to do. I enjoy accomplishments, and feeling strong and empowered. I establish these characteristics because I choose not to create obstacles in my life. I am firm with my goals so I can accomplish all my  tasks without distraction.

Set yourself up for success, by staying ahead of the game.  Should something unexpected come up, be  prepared to rearrange your schedule at the drop of the hat.  Your more successful when you follow your plans and avoid the procrastination.

Creating roadblocks or obstacles for yourself through procrastination is self-defeating unhealthy behavior. Letting go of negative choices in life enables you to move forward positively and productively. Be strong because it keeps the road clear ahead of you.  You can move forward with confidence and self-assurance.

Just for today, stay focused on what is ahead of you and let go of any obstacles or chaos in your life. Accept your success and strengths, and enjoy moving forward with your head held high.

Stress Free Living – Five Secrets of Getting More Done Everyday

If you’ve ever looked at your work day and thought how am I going to get it all done you’re not alone.  Sometimes you have to get creative to figure out how to get more done in the time you have, especially when it feels like you don’t have enough time. Doing it all  without depleting your energy.

1.  You Can Be More Efficient

One huge way to get more done in less time is to stop. That’s right, stop! If you’re over-worked and stressed out, you won’t get nearly as much done and you’re more prone to foolish mistakes. Sometimes you want to take a break and completely detached yourself from work. You’ll find that taking a break is just what you need the most – even if it seems to be the opposite of what you should be doing. The best part: once you come back to the task, you’ll feel reinvigorated and more creative!

2.  Prioritize First Things First

You need to make an organized and frequently updated list of priorities. When you prioritize outstanding tasks, you’ll suddenly find that all of the work on your plate really is manageable. You can prioritize using letters or numbers so you clearly can see what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by.

3.  Combining Similar Tasks

Combine your various projects that can be done at the same time. For instance, instead of going from errand to errand with no set plan create a schedule to make one trip and make multiple stops if reasonable.  Set a specific day of the week to run your errand if possible. You can work out a similar plan with work projects, group similar projects that require the same tools or resources so they can be done more efficiently. Since you have already organized your priorities, you’ll be more aware of what needs to get done, so you’ll be able to better combine similar tasks.

4.  Know When To Get Help

You’re one person, and you can only do so much, so ask for help! You’ll be able to accomplish a whole lot more with less time and effort when you work with the support of a “team”.  Maybe it’s a colleague or a personal assistance and if all else fails you can go t a freelance website like Elance,  It’s not as expensive as you think and your time is valuable!

An assistant can help you re-gain time and save energy so you can get the essential tasks done.  Delegate what you can and do only those tasks that must be done by you.

5,  The Power Of Using Affirmations

Affirmations are another tool that can help you get more done with less work. These simple statements can help you maximize your time by focusing on the positive. When your work feels overwhelming you can say something like, “Each simple, completed task propels me towards success.” Repeating these affirmations will give you a positive state of mind that just may be the extra push you need to get more done with less work, in less time and less effort.

Stress Free Living De-Stressology Tip – Take Time To Relax

De-stress- remaining healthy is not just about go, go, go. You also need to stop, relax and re-stress. Stress is unavoidable at some times. The best way to deal with stress is to push away from it for a few minutes, let your body relax, and then tackle it head on.

Stress Free Living De-Stressology Tip – What kind of information do you need in a hurry?

It seems like you can spend half your life on the phone.  Spending an equal amount of time looking for phone numbers and names.  The directory is cumbersome and almost unusable if you can find it.  Putting them on your outlook means you have to re-boot your computer. 

Here’s a neat trick:  tear out sheets from your notepad and label each as kitchen, bedroom and living room. 

Jot down the following telephone numbers:

  • supermarket
  • take out pizza and other delivery shops
  • drug store
  • dry cleaner’s
  • doctors and dentists
  • walk-in clinic
  • florist
  • bookstore
  • airport

Or better still put them in your cell phone