3 Steps on How to Have More Time for Yourself

Allison Graham

Do you always find yourself asking for more hours in a day? We get 24 hours in a day but do you sometimes feel that 24 hours are not enough to do all the things you have to do? Rushing and chasing time affect your stress level – but don't worry, cause it doesn't have to be that way. In this video, we flip through the pages of my book, Take Back Your Weekends and stumble in the topic of time freedom. Watch the video to learn how you can earn more time for yourself.

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Invest time today to buy back time tomorrow.

Time freedom when you find a couple of minutes for yourself without feeling any guilt that you’re not doing anything – why? Because there’s nothing else you should do but what you want to do. Most of the time, professionals and entrepreneurs are looking for an hour or two of time freedom.

How we spend our time directly correlates to our stress levels and level of happiness. Less stress means more joy, more stress means more anxiety, frustration, thus – less happiness.

3-Step Problem Solving Framework for More Time Freedom

In order to stress less and be happier, we need to be strategic about how we do with our time. So, if you find yourself always stressing and wanting more time for yourself, the best way to go about it is to use the problem-solving framework.

#1 Do a situational awareness.

The first thing we have to do is to get crystal clear with what’s going on. Looking at your days, ask yourself:

  • What is causing my stress? Am I triggered by certain things?
  • What task(s) am I doing when I feel stressed?
  • What are the things that I do? What task(s) bother me?

#2 Do a self-awareness.

The next step is a two-part process. The first is to check:

  • How am I showing up in the world? 
  • How do I react to everything that’s happening in your stress bucket?
  • What is my pattern when it comes to stress?

The second piece of this step is asking these questions:

  • How am I possibly making this harder to deal with? Do I have unrealistic expectations?
  • Am I thinking that one day the work is going to slow down?
  • Am I frustrated with what I do that I let it cloud my entire day?
  • Am I going through relationship challenges whether personal or professional?
  • Do I have chronic pain that it’s eating up my day-to-day capacity?

#3 Solution Activation

Using the the answers from situational awareness and self awareness, you can go to solution activation. Have a strategy on addressing your stress. What are the things you need to change? Which tasks can you delete or delegate? What are the things or who are the people that you need to cut off? 

Stress Less, Do More, Be Happier by Having More Time for Yourself

Most of the time, you can find a pattern for your stress – and it could be determined using the problem-solving framework. You see, the trouble with our patterns is that if we’re not in growth mode, we will never be happy. 

If you want to go even further with these concepts, I offer speaking and coaching programs, just schedule a call. Or, you can also register to the full Take Back Your Weekends online course.

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