How to boost your energy and reduce your stress.
Taking control of your time is an important discipline to adopt as it is one sure way to boost your energy and reduce your stress levels. And that will have many benefits to both you and your family as you will feel less tired, overwhelmed and under pressure.
The thing about being a parent there is always something to do – normally for someone else. So actually the only way you can make more time is to manage the time you have better and put yourself at the top of the list not the bottom.
Now for many parents putting yourself at the top of the list is a totally alien concept and equals being selfish or a bad parent. That really is not the case actually you are doing your family a favour. Just like the safety announcement on the plane – we have to put the oxygen mask over ourselves first because if we don’t, we won’t be able to breathe and help anyone else. So try the following.
Step 1. Decide to take control of your time
Decide what you want to achieve today, and set just one goal that is important for you to accomplish. This goal is then is your highest priority today. If possible write your goal down. Often by writing things down – they become sort of hardwired into your head – and are less likely to be hijacked by other events.
Step 2 Discard just about everything else.
Add to the goal you have written down anything else you were planning to do today. Now take a look at the list and put a cross by everything you don’t really need to do today, and everything you don’t want to do. There should be quite a few crosses on your list now – if you have been honest with yourself.
Step 3 Delegate, delegate, delegate
Now delegate anything that other people can do. Even if you know that you can do it more quickly and better than they will. The thing is practice makes perfect – and over time the family will become more adept at these tasks.
Following the above steps will free up some of your precious time and you will be left with just the one thing you want to achieve today and the tasks you want to do.
Repeat daily for a week and see how your energy levels improve and you stress levels fall.