Day 20 - Stress Relief Tip #4: Create a Time Budget

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Do you go to bed at night wondering where the day went?

Do you feel like you have been working and working all day with nothing to show for it?

I have been there and honestly some days still struggle with this.

This week I have been giving you tools I have found from others to help manage your life.  The idea is that if you are better able to manage your life and all your tasks, you will get a better handle on your stress. 

You have written out your priorities and goals and hopefully begun looking at action steps to achieve those goals.  You have written out your to do list and made sure to make yourself a priority each day.

How do you fit all your tasks into your day? 

How do you not get overwhelmed with all that you have to do each day?

Create a daily routine through using a time budget.  Amy Lynn Andrews wrote a great book called Tell Your Time.  In it, she discusses a great way to manage your daily tasks.

Here is an excerpt from the book that talks about the concept:

  • Total up the hours in a day (or week)
  • Make a list of the activities you do on a regular basis (ie laundry, exercising, work, sleep, etc.)
  • Make a list of all of your to do tasks
  • Allot a time allowance for each of your activities and tasks

Once you have a list of activities and how much time you will allot to each, you can create a weekly time budget.  I heard about a time budget from Crystal at Money Saving Mom and Jessica at Life as Mom. 

You budget your money so why not budget your time too.  You cannot do it all.  A time budget will help keep you focused on your daily tasks and hopefully help you avoid that lost feeling at the end of the day. 

You can find the time budget printable here.  I have been using this System for a few months and it has been really helpful.  When I schedule my activities into my week and allot a certain amount of time for each, I am more disciplined about staying on task.

I have a general daily routine and then I use that to make my weekly time budget on Sunday.  Such things are scheduled in week after week at certain times like homeschooling, work, family time and so forth.  My time budget  sometimes changes from week to week, depending on appointments and activities but the general daily routine is still the same.

I also look at my overall goals and my to do tasks for the week for each of my categories and make sure those are scheduled in the time budget as well.  I build some flexibility into the schedule in case something comes up unexpectedly.

The important thing after you establish a daily routine and time budget is to use it. 

If you do not try it out and use it, you won’t know where you need to tweak it to make it work best for you. 

Having my time budgeted has helped me stay focused on my goals for the new year and helped keep my stress in check.

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