Tips to Create More Leisure Time

Tips to Create More Leisure Time

6 Time Management Tips

Do you want to increase your leisure time with a few simple changes? Time management is essential for creating the freedom to spend time with your family without worrying about work or other responsibilities. It requires a promise to change habits and a commitment to reaching new goals. 

Consider these
ideas: 

 

1.     
Synchronize all
the calendars.
Instead
of managing multiple calendars from work, school, and other activities, combine
them into one system.

 

·        
Pick
one type of calendar and transfer all the information to it. Calendars come in
online, paper and even sticky note versions. However, selecting one type is
important to keeping all the data together.

 

·        
Combine
data from family members and coworkers into one calendar. Instead of having a
separate chart for your kids’ soccer games, choir practice or dance recitals, add
everything together. This allows for easier scanning to find
leisure time or add it to the calendar. 

 

2.     
Schedule time off.
Include
time for fun in your daily, weekly, and monthly calendars.

 

·        
Including
leisure time in the calendar makes it one of your priorities.

 

·        
Scheduling
time off requires a commitment to completing other tasks on time and meeting
all the deadlines.

 

3.     
Learn to be
selective.
The
constant stream of emails and demands on your time call for being more
selective with your tasks. Delegating tasks and rethinking your
approach to work will help you discover more leisure time.

 

·        
The
80/20 principle is a popular way to manage time. Also known as the Pareto
principle, it states that 80 percent of your success comes from 20 percent of
your efforts. This is why it’s important to focus on important tasks first and
delegate work to others.

 

·        
Grouping
tasks together also improves time management by creating a stream of similar
work without interruption. Selecting the key tasks is easier once they are in
related groups.

 

4.     
Find hidden time
wasters and remove them.
Are you spending too much time checking Facebook
messages? Do you log in to Twitter multiple times a day? Social media can be
one of the hidden daily time wasters, and changing this habit will lead to more
leisure time.

 

·        
It’s
important to limit how much time social media takes up on your calendar. Get
rid of the bookmarks to these websites, eliminate the pinned tabs, and only log
in when it’s necessary.

 

·        
Hidden
time wasters can distract you from important tasks and affect deadlines. By
removing them, you’re back in control of your schedule.

  

5.     
Use an egg timer
or online tools to track time.
Certain tasks need to be timed to ensure
you stay on schedule.

 

·        
A
traditional kitchen egg timer is an easy way to keep track of tasks. It can be
set up and left on a desk.

 

·        
Online
versions of kitchen timers operate in a similar way, but they don’t take up
desk space. They can be used to schedule tasks and help you stay focused.

 

6.     
Create leisure
goals and include them in a calendar.
Calendars can be used for more than just
tracking meetings or phone calls. They can be powerful tools for tracking goals
while providing daily reminders of what you want to accomplish with your time
off.

 

·        
Creating
a set of goals for leisure time will help you focus. Do you want to paint
enough artwork to redecorate your entire house? Do you want to spend more time
watching the kids play soccer? Each of these goals can be tracked with a
calendar for better time management.

 

You can find more leisure time by streamlining how you
handle your time.
Calendars will
help you keep track of daily tasks at work and home, but it’s the commitment to
creating positive change that matters.

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By Rod Stone
Author and Publisher of Healthy Living information and products to improve your life.


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