I’m having a hard time managing all the things I want and need to do every day. How can I juggle a full-time job, keeping my home clean, regular exercise, making myself some healthy meals, and the hobbies I’m passionate about, all while maintaining relationships with my friends? There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day! – Janie in Norfolk, NE
LYNN: A wise woman told me, “You make the time, you don’t find it.” It changed how I looked at my life so I could gain perspective. Here are some things I do when I’m feeling like I have too much on my plate and maybe even a bit overwhelmed.
- I make a list for the week, and each day. What must be done during the week and on specific days of that week. What I want to get done and when, and what would be nice to get done. I always leave room for the unexpected, as it always comes up.
- Look for efficiencies and how I can share the load. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize how anything could be easier, so I ask friends and family for ideas. Rather than dismiss the suggestions, I try a new way, and am often pleasantly surprised.
- Depending upon your hobbies, you may be able to combine two like I do. Or combine a task with another activity. When prepping for the holidays, I wrap gifts while watching movies. That way I can enjoy a movie and relax while accomplishing a portion of a task.
- Let the little things go. Life is not perfect, and I don’t have to be perfect either!
TINA: Great question, Janie! I find that the busier I am, the more time I have.
What? In my reality, there are a multitude of requests, tasks, and interests that intersect during a 24-hour period. I tackle those tasks and requests then enjoy my interests. I realize it is not that simple to multi-task. In today’s world of multiple forms of communication, messaging, etc., we need to find balance. Lynn is a big believer in lists – they work well for her. I compartmentalize – making a mental separation. Similar approaches – both can be effective.
It is your decision whether to allow others to dictate that time. The key is that you are in control of your time. Our powers of possibility are endless if we don’t limit ourselves. Embrace the challenge!
Lynn Whitbeck is the co-founder and President of Petite2Queen. She is focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for women at work, helping them define their personal roadmap. She dedicates herself to delivering tools and insights, embracing visualization of the big picture, and identifying and implementing the minutiae of detail. Lynn aims to share lessons learned along her journey and enable positive uplift for women.