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How To Make Time And Enjoy Healthy Living

Updated on November 14, 2014
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

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Do you want to get rid of stress and have more time?

If you want more time than you have already, then this is the first place to stop and you will be well on the way to healthy living! Start imagining your life if you could get rid of stress and those feelings of failure. Start dreaming how you might spend that extra time if you had it. Maybe you would lie on the beach with a book and good company or you might be one to enjoy more entertaining with friends and family. You would have more time to prepare meals for healthy living with lovely fresh items. How many of us have regretted all too late, not having spent enough time with our family and friends? Before we know it our children have grown, left home and we realize we hardly know them. Our spouses have built up their own network of friends without us or we may never have had the time to sustain a relationship in the first place.

This isn't how it's meant to be! Of course times are hard, but I hope that together we can help each other to find ways of living life in a way that we can stop and enjoy it. Young children can teach us much in this area. They are rarely in a hurry (often much to our frustration) and will ponder and explore their way to their destination. How sad when this inquisitive and interested side of our nature gets lost in the battle of life.

Come with me on a short journey to find it again. It won't take long, but the time you spend doing so could be a valuable investment to get rid of stress, enjoy healthy living and achieve your life-long ambitions. You owe it to yourself and those around you, who will undoubtedly benefit!

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Step1- Every Day Planning

Decide To Make A Plan. Just take a few moments over your morning cup of tea- or even the night before.

Every Day Planning - Be pro-active for healthy living

The Emergent Task Planner (75-sheet pad)
The Emergent Task Planner (75-sheet pad)

It's hard enough to just get a few things done, given the number of distractions we face every day. Just a little bit of focus and simple time estimation goes a long way toward making progress, and that's often good enough. The Emergent Task Planner is designed to provide a relaxed-yet-focused approach to daily time management. At the beginning of the day, sit with your coffee and one sheet of ETP paper. Note the three or so really important things you need to do, and estimate how long you think it'll take in one sitting. Mark this time on the pad in the "things to do" area. Then, figure out when in the day you'll do it and box it in in the day grid area. As the day goes on, refer to this sheet to keep focused on what you really want to do. There's ample room for keeping notes and scribbling down what else is happening. At the end of the day, review how you did, and refer to the sheet on the next morning as you fill out the new one.

 

Step 2- More Time Than Before, With Less Clutter

This Seat Storage Bench - will hide away your clutter and provide extra seating

Rubbermaid Deck Box with Seat, Extra Large, 120 Gal., 16 cu. ft., Olive Steel (5E39)
Rubbermaid Deck Box with Seat, Extra Large, 120 Gal., 16 cu. ft., Olive Steel (5E39)

Create a calm and peaceful home for healthy living. Clutter is an intrusion. Without it your mind will be freer to give time to the important things in your life. Learn to keep things in their proper place by picking them up and taking them to their place as you go.

 

Step 3- Don't Waste Time

Remain focused and only allow yourself to be distracted when you know you are ahead of time. By focusing and staying committed to your plan you will be able to master your time, rather than letting it master you.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

Step 4- Know The Seasons

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3v1)

Let this poster remind you of the seasons of your life.

The Seasons Of Your Life - regulate your healthy living

Recognize when you are going through an unusually demanding time, such as the birth of a baby, the start of a new job or the death of a loved one and try to cut back some of your less important activities for a time until life levels out again. For instance, most parents will find that they have less time whilst their children are young, but later on they will be able to find more time for their hobbies and new projects. During some of the seasons you might need more vitamins to see you through a difficult time.

Turn Turn - Seasons come and seasons go

5. Believe You Can Find Time

Some things just do take time, but they are worth it! Never tell your friends that you haven't time for them. Arrange a date when you can find time later on.

The time is now this instant

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      spookseo 3 years ago

      Hello there!

      Another great lens from you. I actually like your tip number 3 which is to remain focused and only allow our-self to be distracted when we know we are ahead of time. I will definitely follow the tips that you have shared here. Thank you for this!

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      yourbodytype 4 years ago

      Nice lens it worth to share on twitter!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Wonderful sensible advice. Thank you for a lovely lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      This is such a beautiful lens with some great tips on how to make time! Thanks for the lensroll - - lensrolling back to my time management tips lens.