I mentioned yesterday that I’m working on managing my time so that I can do everything I want to do. I think time management is extremely important to talk about and share ideas about, because we are all busy with “life.” And it’s tough to make time for our “simple” and sustainable lives – like cooking, cleaning, baking, sewing, and all of the other things we do at home – let alone make time for community building.
But… it’s important. I wrote the other day that Voluntary Simplicity + Building Community = Saving Our Children. This is something I firmly believe and I know many of you believe this as well. So… how do we make time for these important things?
Some Of The Things I Do (Or Don’t Do) To Save Time:
- I don’t watch television (occasionally we do watch dvds).
- We have many of our groceries and locally-farmed veggies delivered by a great local company.
- I live in a neighborhood where I don’t have to drive much – I can walk or take the bus quickly to most anywhere I need to go.
- I work at home and near home.
- My volunteer work is all within walking distance.
- My doctor, dentist, and just about every business I frequent is within walking distance.
- I have a good working calendar, and a good working to do list which I consult and update often.
- I prioritize my to do list so that the things that are least important are the ones that get put off if necessary.
- I set short-, mid-, and long-term goals and focus on accomplishing those (which helps prioritize my to do list).
- I work with my husband so that when he works late I cook, and when I work late he cooks (I work late more often – ha!).
- I’m learning my limits, learning to say no to some things that are less a priority.
- I consolidate errands and meetings into similar locations and consecutive times.
- I stay healthy by eating healthy food, having regular physician check-ups, and exercising every day (by walking to my meetings!).
- And, probably most importantly, I have a loving husband with whom I can relax and unwind.
How Do You Manage Your Time?