Time Management: 12 Ways To Find Downtime

Whether you run your own business or work for someone else’s, finding personal downtime is increasingly difficult. Here are a few tips on how you can make some more “me time.”

Time in your car.

  • Whether you call a friend, listen to an audio-book or just make the most of one on one time with your kids as you drop them off to school, your commute can be a gratifying experience if you make the most of it.

Quiet time.

  • Even the craziest households manage to find equilibrium once in a while when the kids are content and your spouse is preoccupied. Instead of doing chores, be selfish and do something for yourself.

Meeting time.

  • Often times, clients are late to meetings. Instead of filling that time with more work, try and do something for yourself, such as reading an e-book on your phone or tablet, or scheduling recreational activities for later.

Waiting time.

  • Whether it’s at the doctor’s office, or picking your kids up at school, there are frequent occasions each day where you can squeeze in some personal activity.

Changing your perspective.

All of this becomes achievable if you can change the way you approach your time.

  • Look at your schedule inside-out.
  • Have a plan the night before.
  • Prioritize your time.
  • Be comfortable with inaction.
  • Just say “no” to distractions.
  • Play “beat to the clock” by setting a timer for 10 minutes to do with as you please.
  • Ask for help with your work projects so you can have more time for yourself.

Time management is all about changing your perspective and being as efficient as possible with your schedule. Your days are filled with pockets of time that can be reserved for yourself with just a little planning and discipline.

Laura Brady Saade, founder of GiveMe10.info, gives 12 tips to finding free time in a bustling schedule.