Would you like to make more time for the essential things in your life? Do you feel like you often get lost in the details?
If you can set healthy limits, you’ll regain control of your life. Some benefits of this can include a life that is simpler, more manageable, more stress-free. You’re able to achieve your goals.
When you value your time and show that you have priorities, others will also see your time as valuable. Rather than focusing on life’s trivialities or biting off more than you can chew, here are some tips on setting boundaries.
Examine Your Routine
To start this process of boundary setting, look at your daily routine.
Maybe you’re watching too much television, spending too much time on social media or subscribing to too many things. Perhaps you’re just on your mobile phone too much. Calculate how many hours you spend on such activities and reduce them.
Then, try allotting a certain amount of time to each of these activities. Maybe give yourself an hour for your email instead of two. Each day, write down exactly how much time you spent doing what.
After a week, look at your numbers. Did you do better than before you were tracking your time? More importantly, did you feel like you had more time for what you really wanted to do?
Identify Essential Tasks
The essentials may be organizing your closet, catching up with your reading or balancing your checkbook. Determine your values and goals.
Whatever you choose should make a big difference in your life. For instance, if you want to be a good athlete, you’ll take the time to train on specific days during the week.
If you can’t read through all your emails on those days, that’s OK. That’s not your No. 1 priority for the day, anyhow.
You may want to make a list of things to do. Then you can set your priorities. For example, you could put off cleaning the kitchen shelves to pay your bills.
Be Aware of Your Energy Levels
You may set out to clean your entire house in a day or take the kids to the park for a ballgame and find your plans impossible because you don’t have that kind of energy. Know your limitations and work within those boundaries for greater success.