4 Tips to Letting Go (And Taking Your Time Back)

December 7, 2017

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Is your “time tank” running on empty? With non-stop meetings at work, errands, family obligations and unexpected interruptions, it is easy to see why people can become frustrated, exhausted, and totally stressed out. Here are four tips to help you manage your time so you can enjoy life.

Let go of tasks that others can do.

If you are one of those people who say, “I can do it better and faster myself,” take a step back and think about the development of those around you. When you take the time to show others a task and they master it, not only did you get something off your plate, you helped someone else add to their skill set and feel good about their accomplishment.

Let go of your need to say “yes” every time.

Whether it is your business or personal life, be mindful of how much you are taking on when you say yes to the next project, fundraiser, committee, or other activities. Examine all the ways that you are spending your time and see which ones you can let go to reduce your stress level.

Let go of the clutter.

A cluttered desk at work or closet at home can be mentally distracting, according to Princeton University neuroscientists. They found that excess items in your surroundings could have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. This observation doesn’t even count the extra time it takes to look for things in a mess. Clear out the excess and organize the rest.

Let go of the time wasters.

We know what a time suck social media, email and watching TV can be. We all need a break every now and then, but plan time limits into your schedule for these activities and stick to them.

If you find the areas in your day where you can “let go,” you will start creating time reserves to focus on the important things in life and enjoy yourself more.