The world seems to spin at such a fast rate that it feels hard to keep up at times. Especially in today’s modern-day culture where people are expected to dedicate more of their lives to work than anything else, and where busyness is normal, life can become exhausting— that is if you don’t take control of it. Part of caring for yourself and your mental health is learning how to manage your time. While some people are avid planners and chronically on time, others struggle to effectively manage their time. This is especially true for those that have poor mental health or a mental illness. This isn’t always the case though, and sometimes people simply don’t manage their time well because they’ve never learned how to. If you find yourself struggling with mental health, it’s important to seek advice from a professional. You can also refer to the tips below to see if they might help you be better at managing your time.
Better Sleep Each Night
If you are staying up late each night finishing up homework, job reports paperwork, or paying bills, it’s going to leave very little time for getting rest. Getting a proper amount of sleep each night is vital to your functioning every day and without it, you’re more likely to have poor time management. You may oversleep or find that you’re too tired to focus on the tasks ahead. Managing your time properly ensures you have enough energy to dedicate to each day and makes it more likely you’ll get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Your sleep is important and affects so many different aspects of life, so it should be prioritized.
More Time for You
Do you have enough time in your day to do the things that bring you joy? You should. It’s important to your mental health that you have activities to look forward to and moments where you can relax and do the things that make you happy. While everyone has busy days and it can feel like self-care is impossible, don’t fall for this lie. Making time for self-care will ensure you’re able to be more productive each day and will motivate you even more.
More Time for Others
Time is precious and it’s important to make it count. When you have poor time management, not only do you neglect yourself, but you often neglect others. Whether it’s family time or time with friends, both are important for boosting your mood. Try to keep work at work so that the time you do have with friends and family is completely focused and fun. On the other hand, part of having good time management is setting up strict boundaries with other people. Make sure you aren’t saying “yes” when you really want to say “no.” Respect yourself enough to know when you have too much on your plate and don’t be afraid to turn other people’s requests down.
When you have poor time management, it’s even easier to get stressed out. Stress isn’t good for your body and can contribute to conditions like high blood pressure or anxiety, among others. You may even get so stressed that you freeze up and are unable to accomplish a single thing. You can prevent this by carefully planning out your days, not taking on more than you can handle, and staying present in the moment each day. Less stressed people are often happier people.
Feeling More Accomplished
You can get more done in a day than ever imagined when you manage your time well. The best way to do this is to be productive and efficient instead of just being busy. What does this look like? Leave work at work and don’t bring it home unless absolutely necessary. Don’t try to do two things at once. Knowing that you have a limited amount of time to get something done will motivate you to finish it faster and you’ll be less likely to get distracted. Put away anything that might distract you and stay focused on the task at hand. When you feel more accomplished about your day, you’re more likely to feel a sense of purpose and pride for finishing what needs to be done.
Time management is a skill that often takes some time to learn. If you aren’t good at it right away, there’s no reason to stress. Make small changes each day and eventually, you’ll be a natural at it. If you feel like you need more help managing your time, never be afraid to talk with a therapist or other mental health professional. They can assess your life in detail and find areas to improve in. Hopefully, these benefits will motivate you to become better at managing your time. If you’re successful in the endeavor, you’ll find both physical and mental health advantages will come from it.