How can you have more fun with your time?

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Do you find yourself worrying about the weeks ahead? Do you feel weighted down with responsibilities?

I find that my energy can get sapped by thinking about all the things I have to do and when I could get them done.

My thoughts get hung up on tasks, and I can sometimes get a warped idea of the balance of my life such as too much work and not enough time for what I really want.

I improved my energy and thinking by finding a fun app to fit my idea of a balanced schedule, then once a week, I look at the week ahead and prune the schedule back if it is too heavy in one area. Color coding categories and including a “fun” category works well for me, because I am reminded to put some time aside every day for play or goofing off. Personally I really like Fantastical because it is easy to use and gives you lots of colors to choose from.

When you schedule out your “to dos” you have a way to reduce your stress level because the schedule:

1.  frees your mind up to think about other more immediate concerns
2.  allows you to take a peek at your life as a whole with a more “real” view
3.  gives you a chance to balance your work load so that it doesn’t feel so oppressive
4.  helps you to set priorities
5.  reminds you to add play time

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If you can see your life this way, you might not be able to find work/life balance, but you can set priorities. What do you really need and want to do with your time? What is a way to get things done and still have some time for yourself?

For me, I have an hour after I wake to do with as I please. Right now it is writing, sitting quietly or reading. It is my choice. I get up early to have this time and it has been a very positive force in my daily life.

Whatever you decide, having a system of some sort can be very freeing and help to relieve that heavy weight of things to do.

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