We are all trying to balance time. We want to spend time with our family and friends. We need to work to pay the bills. We like to enjoy ourselves and go out to a see a film or go to a restaurant. We have to exercise to keep fit, from going to all those restaurants 🙂 Also, we need to sleep in order for our body to repair itself and prepare us for the next day. We must balance time in 24 hours.
If you have a large family and are looking after children, sometimes it can feel you are like a superhero. You are always rushing around and attending to everything. You may have a demanding job and need to work overtime to complete projects.
Here are 3 Ways To Balance Time Effectively.
The Pomodoro Technique – Francesco Cirillo
The Pomodoro Technique is an effective and fascinating Time Management tool. Created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, when he was a University student. He would use a tomato shaped kitchen timer when he was studying. Setting the timer for 25 minutes of dedicated work and takeing short breaks between his work. Here is a video that explains how to use this Technique. Give it a go 🙂
Outsourcing is something that you should consider. Not only does it save you time to do other things, it can even save you money. If you have work that is online, you could hire somebody else to do this for you. Because somebody is not in your own country, does not mean they do not have the same skill set and capabilities to cover your work. A virtual assistant is invaluable.
But it is not only online work that you can outsource. There is a multitude of jobs. Babysitters, Dog-Walkers, Cleaners, Oven cleaners, Window Cleaners. The List goes on. Not only are you freeing up time for yourself but you are also giving employment to somebody else 🙂
Balance Time With This Excel Time Planner
This Time Planner is fantastic for deciding where you want to dedicate more of your time. It is a shock to the system to see how much time you spend on each activity you do. But it can help you balance your time and shape your world into the one that you like. Please download it for free:- Free Excel Spreadsheet – Time Management – Chart and Graph
All you have to do is change the Activities to match your own or leave them as they are now. Input your hours for each activity, for each day of the week. Then consult the pie chart, where you can see how your time is split. Try it now!
I would to love to hear about your results and see if it has inspired you to change something. For more ideas and inspiration on Time Management, check out these articles.
Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and optimist. She helps freelancers and entrepreneurs create balance in their lives and work towards their personal and professional goals. Sally is also a B2B freelance writer for entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. A lover of plants, freedom, and football!