It seems everyone is struggling trying to balance their work, family and life. When you throw in kids, sports activities, volunteering, helping at church, going back to school, trying to progress in your career or spending time with friends or hobbies, it can be hard to not feel like stressed.
Keep a calendar
By having a calendar you can make sure you have all your appointments written down and don’t miss anything important. You can also make a list every day and prioritize your tasks. I have been using a Franklin Planner for over 25 years and love it. An A task would be something that had to be done that day – example you have to get your bank deposit in before 2:00. A B task would be something like call a client or friend for lunch. A C task would be clean out your closet (doesn’t everyone keep putting that off?). After you make your list and decide what letter it is, you would then put a number next to your letter to prioritize it. If something doesn’t get done by the end of the day you can either transfer it to the next day, move it for another day or just take it off your list. Steven Covey has an awesome book called 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Block your time
By blocking off sections of your time you can do like tasks together which saves you time. For example, if you have several phone calls to make, set aside 30 minutes or so to only focus on making calls. Don’t use this time to check email, get on facebook or be distracted by anything else. Trying to combine your errands together on a couple trips will not only save you time but also save gas. If it is important for you to exercise then put time in your calendar for it.
Learn to delegate
Look over your list and see if there is anything on it that somebody else can do. It may not be as perfect as if you did it yourself but it will free up some of your time. Would you rather spend time with your family or friends or do something that can get done by somebody else?