Limitations of Time

Limitations of time present many obstacles when we are faced with overwhelming demands and overloaded with to many tasks on a daily basis. The number one obstacle to overcome is stress. There are only so many hours in a day, therefore; learning time management is a must for the survival of the fittest. Literally, being overwhelmed with tasks can diminish your health as stress takes its toll.

Take a moment and jot down a normal day’s activities for your self. Something like this: 8 hours of sleep, 1 hour to shower, groom and dress, 8 hours of work, 1.5 hours to commute to and from work (or total drive time),2.5 hours preparing, eating and cleaning up for meals.

Note that this does not include taking children to day care, school or any activities or visiting friends and family, cleaning house, physical fitness, etc. Just what is listed above leaves you with 3 hours of free time in any given week-day to do this or anything else you need or desire to do.

So how do we manage to complete all the tasks in our days? Most we throw off to complete on week-ends, the rest of the time we rob Peter to pay Paul as the saying goes. Problems arise with this when we rob from our sleep time or we dash through fast food facilities for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. Bigger problems arise when we don’t accumulate any ‘Me’ time. This is the time allotted to relax, pamper ourselves and rejuvenate for the next day of activities.

A temporary alteration to your schedule is acceptable, it’s when these bad habits occur day after day that affect your health. Sleeping, eating healthy and taking the needed time to relax is vital to maintain a healthy mind and body.

How to manage your daily schedule

  • Ask for help.
  • Delegate chores or daily tasks that someone else can complete.
  • Make lists to reference so you are not backtracking over the same paths.
  • Separate your clothes to pick out what you will be wearing for the next week. (Same for children’s clothing)
  • Share cooking and clean up responsibilities.
  • Learn to say “No” when your schedule is already full.
  • Prepare meals on week-ends and place in the freezer to pull out through the week.
  • While at work, use your lunch time to prepare lists or run errands.
  • Look at your activities and see what is no longer necessary that may be eliminated.
With your limitations of time there is one all important time factor you need to take into consideration. ‘Me’ time. Time to relax and pamper. This is essential to create balance and control in your daily life. Everyone has different pampering techniques they prefer but whatever that may be schedule a block of time in your day to indulge, this is your reward for all that you do all day long. Visit Spa separates for more ideas in preparation of 'Me' time.

Happiness Always, Susan
Author, Cobwebs of the Mind

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