Investing In You
Investing in your time and learning how to manage your time is a way to invest in your mental health and save your sanity. As a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, wife, coach, mentor, employer, entrepreneur, Sister Friend and grandmother, my plate is very full. I wear many hats and sometimes I forget which hat I am wearing at any given time. The lines can get very blurred when you are so busy. Finding time to keep schedules during the week and getting my deadlines done is almost close to impossible. I had to learn how to set priorities. I had to learn how to delegate duties to others and to manage some ME time. I found some techniques to keep me sane in this fast paced world. Here are some techniques that have helped me stay focused on what is important and stay organized.
- Invest in taking the time to plan out your week and your schedule ahead of time including space for unforeseen occurrences to happen. If you have that three hours window set aside each week you can get those last minute things done that you weren’t expecting to have to do during that day or week.
- Invest in a crock pot if you don’t get a chance to cook during the week. A crock pot can save you money and help you lose weight. Your meals will be ready, and you can eat a home cooked meal.
- Invest in taking one day per week to make several meals that you can cook and freeze. I find for myself, Sunday is the day I try to cook a few meals that can last for the week. Quick things like a couple of pasta dishes, where all you would have to do is add a vegetable and a salad, can have a home cooked meal ready in minutes.
- Calendars. I have one in every room in my home including my bathroom. It helps keep me organized and when I forget that I have a meeting it is looking me right in my face. Also use your mobile device to remind you of important events. I set reminders all the time. The number one rule is to remember to put the information on your mobile device (one thing that I am guilty of forgetting.)
- Take a ME day. Once per month I plan a day off where I go to the movies, a day spa, go shopping, get a manicure and pedicure; it is my day to do whatever I want, and it helps me regenerate myself and give me that alone time that I need for myself. Don’t plan anything else but taking care of yourself. If you plan it in between meetings and doing chores then, it is not a ME day. You can do your household chores and errands on another day.
- Invest in asking for help and make sure that you get help that will make your life easier. If you have to watch over someone or check over their work, then that is not really helping you.
- Invest in an exercise class, yoga, dance class, painting, arts, or something fun that can help you relax.
- Last but not least turn off those devices after a certain time at night to spend quality time with your family. Invest in your family time and make it the number one priority. Everyone should turn those devices off. This means the TV, radio, cell, Game Boy, Play Station, and put the land line answering machine on. Learn to UNPLUG and Plug into your family and invest in yourself.