Three Time Management Tips for Mental Freedom

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” ― Thomas Edison

Time management is a skill that can provide a sense of control, calm, and peace. By properly planning and navigating your schedule, you’ll have the ability to make clear decisions that impact every part of your life. Possessing such a power unlocks a level of mental freedom worth savoring. Here are three time management tips to achieve the mental freedom you seek. 


1. Prioritize Your To-Do List 

Moving your to-do list from your mind to a hard copy version helps free mental space. But in order to be most effective, you must prioritize your list. You can begin by writing this list before bed or at the very start of your day. Begin by placing the most urgent items at the top, moving down toward the items you’d like to complete if time allows. Schedule checkpoints throughout the day. Ideally, one midday, with an additional one toward the end of your workday (if necessary). Your midday check-in should be an assessment to see how much you’ve accomplished, and whether you should rearrange, or completely redraft, your to-do list. 

2. Follow the 2-Minute Rule

The two-minute rule suggests if a task requires two minutes or less to complete, do it right away. This stops you from adding it to a to-do list or trying to remember to complete it later. You have enough on your plate without filling your mind with several small tasks you have to remember to get done at a later date. Save that space for more important work by handling quick items as they pop up. Of course, you can use your discretion. If you are in the middle of something that requires extreme focus, you don’t need to abandon your project to suddenly be pulled in a different direction for a trivial matter. The point is, allow yourself the space to take care of the two-minute task, if you have two minutes to spare. 

3. Be Realistic

Lastly, be realistic. It’s human nature to overcommit. We often believe we’ll be able to accomplish more than actually possible within a certain time period, placing undue stress on ourselves. Instead of setting lofty goals with your daily schedule, be honest with yourself. Consider the amount of work you’ve gotten done each day over the last week, and use that as a model to gauge how much you’re likely to get done tomorrow. Feel free to be a bit optimistic with your estimation, just make sure you don’t forget to be realistic as well.

Our lives are so jammed packed with tasks, events, and responsibilities. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to stay on top of it all. But with these three time management techniques, controlling your schedule just got a little easier. Once you begin to put these techniques into practice, mental freedom is just around the corner! 

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Want To Excel At Work But Afraid Of A Burnout? Try These Life Hacks!

The goal of delivering excellent work performance is a definitely not a one-time deal. It is a day-to-day task that you should deliver impressive job or service regardless of the circumstances. The huge pressure of this responsibility can be terribly stressful which may lead to exhaustion or burnout.

Sadly, poor work-life balance often puts the most motivated and talented people at risk for a breakdown. It is a must for everyone to take steps to avoid burnout because it can kill enthusiasm, decrease productivity, and prevent success. The good news is that with a few simple hacks, you can effortlessly excel at work and keep burnout at bay:

Listen To Your Body

Sometimes, common sense is all you need to survive in this world. If your body is already screaming with undeniable aches and pains, it means you need to give it a rest. Many highly-ambitious individuals would try to rise above expectations and do as much work as possible to the point of stretching their stamina to the limits. Do not forget that without enough rest and proper nutrients, your physical and mental faculties cannot function at its best as well.

Focus On Quality Rather Than Quantity

Overachievers may be tempted to work on several projects at once with the belief that they can accomplish a lot this way. However, multitaskers may find it hard to claim expertise in a specific area because it limits the time and attention they can devote to each task. Aside from that, they greatly increase the possibility of experiencing fatigue. On the other hand, if you solely dedicate your best efforts to a single project at a time, you get a chance to master a specific skill and considerably lessen the workload. This theory proposed by author and professor, Morten Hansen, in his book, “Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More” is a must-try if you want to sustain your interests and satisfaction in your work.

Adopt Good Habits For Better Time-Management

Your day will be twice as hard without routines and habits that can guide you along the way. Useful habits such as planning your day, making to-do lists, and waking up early will go a long way to make your day as smooth and stress-free as possible. This also emphasized the need for discipline as you set out to deliver top-notch performance for every task at hand.

Insert Quick Breaks In Your Routine

You may equate a highly-productive day to longer working hours and fewer break times. Apparently, this concept is the culprit for many work-related health issues and may even result in poor job performance in the long run. To avoid this, you may want to try a time-management strategy called the Pomodoro Technique which was developed by entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo. In this method, you reward yourself with 5-10 minutes of break after working uninterruptedly on a task for 25 minutes. This technique lowers the chance of a burnout and also claims to effectively combat procrastination, increase productivity, and enhance focus.

Do Not Hesitate To Say No

If you say yes to every request or invitation, you may find yourself laden with more assignments than you can handle. This is unlikely to happen if you have a realistic perception of the number of tasks that you can take. So wisely assess your situation to know if you can still squeeze in a favor to your schedule or will it already cost you precious time.

As a conclusion, it pays to always be on the lookout for mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion as you challenge yourself to achieve great things and exceed expectations. You owe it to yourself to aim for a healthy work-life balance because your own well-being and happiness should always be your first priority.

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Why Fit Mothers Make for Better Parents

Before you get up in arms, thinking that this is a body-shaming article, rest assured that this article is solely focused on empowering bodies of all types. Fitness is a spectrum, and being fit has almost nothing to do with the way you look and everything to do with the way you function and feel. When you work out and make positive fitness goals for yourself as a mother, you’re far more likely to parent positively and be a happier person all around. Not to mention the strength you develop when you exercise daily! All of that weight-lifting and cardio adds up to being able to chase after and keep up with playfully errant toddlers all day, every day.

In the end, what makes fit mothers better parents? Let’s find out.

Fit Mothers Have Greater Patience

When you’re exhausted, and you feel weak, it can be so much harder to have patience with a screaming kid who’s throwing spaghetti at the wall—and in your face. Luckily, exercising can help mitigate those circumstances.

Getting in a quick morning workout, even just jogging around the neighborhood with the kids in the stroller, makes it that much easier to have patience throughout the day.

Fit Mothers Know How to Manage Time

Speaking of making time for workouts in the morning, being a fit mother means being able to manage time really well. Any parent will tell you that having kids is a full-time, 24/7 job. So, when is there time to sleep, much less workout?

The answer is that fit mothers know how to manage their time. It’s a strength that comes from internal discipline—and also just from a need to stay on top of their fitness. In that way, fit mothers are like super-superheroes.

Fit Mothers Have More Energy

It’s just a fact that exercise gives you more energy. When you’re a new mother—or even if you’ve been a mother for many years—more energy is guaranteed to be at the top of your list of desires.

Having more energy no doubt makes you a better parent. When you’re not tuckered out at the end of the day, you’re able to do more with your kids and be a more engaging and present parent.

All of this is not to say that mothers who don’t exercise aren’t great parents. Parenting, like fitness, is a spectrum, and we all fluctuate from time to time. It’s always important, as with anything, to try to do your best no matter what.

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