How to Reclaim your Time
It was a momentous occasion when California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters declared on the congress floor, “I’m reclaiming my time,” after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to run out the clock on Waters questioning about Trump’s financial ties to Russia.
Black Twitter especially embraced the phrase and it became the meme of the moment. The popularity of the coin phrase came into fruition, because it resonated on a deeper level than Waters and Mnchin’s heated debate. Lots of people feel like their time is no longer theirs and truly wish to reclaim it.
We are all pulled into a thousand directions- work, family, finances, and business. Everyday it gets more difficult to take a moment for our own personal needs. We all have dreams, hopes, and goals, we would like to achieve, but there never seems to be enough time in our busy schedules to do all the things we like.
Reclaiming your time is not only important, it is essential to living what social media has dubbed as ‘your best life’. I will admit that the process of making time for personal goals such as weight loss, skin and hair care, reading, writing, or getting more education is not easy. It is a consorted day by day effort to achieve.
If you are seriously interested in reclaiming your personal time, consider the five step system I’ve listed below.
My expertise on the subject is solely based on my personal experience. I’ve been working hard toward reclaiming my time lately and this system has worked wonders for me and I hope it will foster improvement in your life as well.
Five Steps to Reclaiming Your Time
Step 1: Determine your Goals and Write them Down
The very first and most important step to reclaiming your time is determining your goals. This step can consist of many things such as:
-Learning to mediate
-Reading more books
-Healing stubborn acne
-Starting a blog or business
-Going back to school
-Learning a new language.
Whatever goals that you’d like to achieve write them down. As I’ve expressed time and time again, words have power and looking back at your own written goals can help motivate you to action.
Also try to narrow your goals down to no more than two things. We all know that multitasking isn’t the best thing when you are thinking of focus.
Author Kevin Horsley says in his book, Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive, “When you are multitasking, you are actually switching between tasks, you are always semi-attending, and it is not very effective.”
If you are a person like me who has lots of goals in mind, that’s ok. Tackle one or two and in a few months, you can easily revisit your other goals. It’s not a race it’s a journey- take your time, literally.
Step 2: Research Your Goals
Your goals mean nothing if you have no idea how to achieve them. Take advantage of Goggle or friends and learn what work you must do reach certain goals. There is always tips and tricks available to you that will help you get the ball rolling.
Even if you just are looking to spend more time pampering yourself there are still great resources available to help elevate the experience (checkout this article about pampering).
Be a life long learner of the things you are passionate about and success will be yours sooner than later.
Step 3: Pencil in the Time
Get a planner or notebook and schedule in all your activities for the day. No task is too minute from cooking to brushing your teeth. Write it all down with the approximate time it will take to do them.
I can promise that you will find you aren’t as busy as you might think. There will be chunks of time available to you, to achieve your goals.
Pencil them in and commit to making that time for yourself
Step 4: Find Sneaky ways to Fit ‘Me Time” In
You might not be able to schedule three consecutive hours for a goal, but you can find sneaky ways to do more.
Take classes online instead of commuting to a traditional campus. Listen to an audible book in the car or the train. Walk or run on your lunch break. Download the Duolingo app and learn any language in fifteen-minute intervals. Take face, body and hair products to work and do a regimen on your coffee break. Get up a few hours earlier or stay up late to write or pamper yourself. Take advantage of your personal and vacation days at work. Stop strolling through other people lives on social media and live yours.
If reclaiming your time is important to you will finds ways to make things work, its very simple. You will be surprised how much you can achieve in a matter of minutes a day.
Step 5: Enjoy yourself
This is your time, there is no need to feel guilty if you are serving yourself. You take care of so many people, it is ok to take care of yourself. Relax and enjoy it with out guilt or shame of any kind.
Auntie Maxine had a point, reclaiming your time is a fantastic idea. It is a step by step process that requires work, but what better gift is their than to regift yourself with the time that is already yours.
There is no goal that you can’t achieve with the time you already have, it just takes a little bit more effort. Don’t you think your happiness is worth that much?
We only have one life to live. Live it well and reclaim what is your inalienable right.