Are you tired of being busy all the time? Work, family and other commitments can be incredibly time-consuming leaving you feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day. While being busy can make you feel useful or important, it’s crucial to take a break and have regular down time to allow yourself to mentally and physically recharge.
Here are our top five tips for how to break the habit of being busy:
Make a daily/weekly list of the things that need to be done urgently and the things that can wait. There may even be things that you can take off your list altogether. Ask yourself if that event, meeting or task is essential. Remember it’s OK to say “no” to things and you don’t have to fill every spare moment with an activity or meeting.
2. Limit your screen time
The biggest time-waster people face today is the internet and social media. It’s so easy to waste time surfing the internet or perusing social media. Set aside a small amount of time for social media and stick to it. Better still – have social media-free days. You’ll be amazed by how much spare time you’ll have.
3. Remove the word “busy” from your vocabulary
There’s no better way to kill a conversation than by answering, “busy” when somebody asks you how you are. Why not tell them how you actually are or what you’ve been up to. You might end up having a meaningful conversation.
4. Don’t multi-task
Nobody wins when you try to do several things at once. Focus your attention on the one thing you are doing, then when it’s finished do the next thing. When you try to do several things at once, they’re often not done properly and you can wind up feeling very stressed out.
5. Make time for down time
When you are planning your week make sure to set aside time for something relaxing that you like doing. You can set aside time once a week for something like swimming, sport, yoga or a hobby. But don’t forget to take time out each day to refresh yourself. It could be only 20 minutes doing something like going for a walk, meditating, practising mindfulness or reading. Remember to be in the moment as much as you can – take a breath, pay attention to what’s going on around you, smell the roses.