Coping strategies for the growing demands on your time!

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Let’s face it – life can be busy!

With the growing demands from your job, family, running a home and other responsibilities, one can feel overwhelmed and question how you can possibly fit everything in. 

The truth is often you cannot do everything you set out to do. You start with good intentions but then realise you have over committed yourself. How many times have you tried to squeeze in far too many tasks in one day and then panicked on realising you could not complete them?

The key is to prioritise the people that need to be attended to and the tasks that are of the most importance. This is where your focus should lay.  

To do lists are ideal for planning your day. I would advise that you list tasks in order of importance. A list will keep you on track and it feels great to tick the tasks off as you complete them!

Here are four changes that you can make to your life;

1. Switch off your television!
According to the Telegraph, people in the UK spend an average of four hours watching television every day. I used to spend around two hours an evening watching television but put a stop to it over a year ago. I now only watch particular programmes. I do not miss it and once I put my children to bed I use my evenings to catch up with my husband, work on my blog/make up business.

2. Wake up earlier to prepare for the day ahead.  Spend the first part of your day alone – read, pray (optional), reflect. Naturally I am NOT a morning person but I have adjusted to very early morning starts due to my change of working hours. I quite enjoy my brisk walk to the station – the crisp air, quiet roads and my thoughts.  

3. If you commute to work or place of study, use this time to catch up with emails, telephoning friends/family, making appointments.  The key is to make the best use of your time. I rarely spend my evenings in conversation on the phone, however I will send the odd email or text message. 

4. Be good to yourself! 
Take a few hours out of your weekly schedule to do something that you enjoy. Whether it be having a massage, a manicure, reading a book, catching up with a friend over a meal. You are more likely to cope with your ‘load’ when you step away from it all once in a while.

How do you cope with your responsibilities? 

What do you do to unwind?

Perhaps you have some tips.

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36 thoughts on “Coping strategies for the growing demands on your time!”

  1. Hi Phoenicia,

    I’m sure this post was a wonderful reminder for many who find themselves in this same position.

    I just shared a post less than an hour ago that a friend of mine wrote about people who complain that the don’t have time to blog or get on social media or all the other hundreds of tasks that this online lifestyle brings. That’s just the way it is, we don’t have time to do it all but we have to make the time to do what we feel is the most important tasks.

    Making lists are the only way to go and it’s how I get through my day. I definitely agree with you about that.

    Thanks for these tips.

    ~Adrienne

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  2. People don’t realize how much time they waste watching TV. There was a time I used to watch it all the time. Now I don’t watch much TV unless its sports or the travel channel.

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  3. The first one you mentioned is a biggie. Time in front of the T.V.
    Many know they spend too much time in front of it. I have a few things I like to watch. It’s some relaxation once the kids are in bed.

    All the best 🙂

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  4. Television isn’t much of a pull for me and about nine months ago I cancelled DirecTV and now just have an HD receiver to get the basic stations. I can download the Walking Dead on Amazon, but even find the shows I used to think I needed to watch, just fell on the wayside once I couldn’t record them anymore for later viewing. My time suck comes in the form of my iPhone. I know for a fact I read much less know since the phone and all of its bells and whistles beckons far too often. At least I know it’s my Achilles Heel, so I can work with it.

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  5. I like the idea of waking up early as this creates the illusion of more time in the day. Its hard to do it consistently but I try when I have plenty of things to do. Thanks for the post.

    Cheers,
    Cent

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  6. Isn’t that interesting about how much television folks are watching! I would peg the computer as a time-stealer, as well. I’m so not a morning person, but I do try to make time at night for myself. Whether it’s doing my nails or reading, we need to be good to ourselves …

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  7. Thought-provoking post, Phoenicia. I totally agree with you that TV can be a waste of our precious time. My husband LOVES TV, though, so I have to sit with him sometimes and watch. When there’s something on that I’m not interested in, I work on my iPad and keep up with my social media. Multi- tasking at its best!

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  8. I’m the worst about overcommitting! I think it comes from my innate optimism. I think I can do it all, then reality comes crashing in. You know it’s a busy day when I get up early, because normally I never would!

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  9. I’m like you Phoenicia, mornings aren’t my fave! However, I’ve come to love the quiet solitude of the pre-dawn hours. And I capture that feeling of total bliss so if I start stressing during the day, I can take a moment and re- capture the sense of peace.

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  10. Now that I’m retired I no longer have to worry so much about time – although I still have my moments – but when I was working I pretty well did what you said as far as starting out – got up early, spent some quiet time, used my driving time to record my todo list – etc. My problem came at the other end – I didn’t know when to stop.

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  11. I am so glad to see you emphasize priority planning over time management! The harsh truth is we put ourselves in the situation of being harried by the choices we make. The coping strategy to deal with that issue is to prioritize our lists and do the best we can to manage stress. The intentional approach is to be smarter about our choices and to make self-care a part of our lives instead of a quick fix. Great article!

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  12. When I worked full time as a lawyer, I used many of the techniques you covered here. However, there were times when additional responsibilities landed on my already full plate. I had to take care of all the paperwork and finances for my husband’s grandmother who survived all her children. To do this, had to dedicate some lunch hours to that. I did not try to do it at my desk in my office or my desk at home. I’d find a quiet lunch spot (a corner of a food court or a cafe) and sit there and have my lunch while I did whatever I had to do for her. (This was before on line banking). I think if I had piled this onto where all my other paper intensive work got done, I would have become overwhelmed and resentful about this extra task.

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  13. I do these things. I’m up for hours before my hubby. I trun of the tv when he leaves the room. (He’s retired and doesn’t need to maximize his time.) I reward myself. I’m glad to see I’m doing some things right!

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  14. I do a lot of the things you mentioned. I’m the first one up in my house and value the 30 or 45 minutes I spend alone, generally drinking coffee and reading the newspaper (online). One other thing worth mentioning, I found that when I made priority lists, the things at the bottom of the list tended to stay there day after day, a good sign that maybe they aren’t worth spending your time on.

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