As technology improves, we place more demands on ourselves. We have to do more each day, even each minute. We’re in more places, buying more things, and checking more emails in more places. Even entering recovery can propel us to do more: more meetings, more check-ins with our sponsors, more workouts… Our to-do lists are often unmanageable, so here are 5 tips to help you manage your time.

1. Define It

Is time something you see as abundant or lacking? This is an important first step because it brings to your attention your view of life. Is your schedule packed or do you see lots of space?

2. Organize It

Write it down and get your schedule out of your head and onto an app or a hard copy calendar/organizer. There are a plethora of monthly, weekly and daily ‘minders’ to aid you. Choose the one that best fits your view.

3. Include Time To Nourish Yourself

Meals should take a minimum of 20 minutes to consume without multi-tasking through them. Shoot for between 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.

4. Purchase An Alarm Clock

And strategically place it out of reach or across the room from your bed. Make an agreement with yourself that you will get up (and stay up!) when the alarm goes off. No snuggling deeper under the covers, no tossing of pillows, no habitually pressing the snooze, and no creating ingenious ways to silence the alarm!

5. Share Your Time Management Method With Your Mates

And respect their method by not judging it. The way that works for you is just the way that works for you. It’s not the right way. Be curious and open to revisiting your method often so that time continues to be something that you are managing and not something that is managing you.

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Elizabeth Viszt
Elizabeth is a certified Educational Specialist and Success Coach. She has a BA, MS in biology with a concentration in ethology (animal behavior), is an EAGALA Equine Specialist in equine assisted learning and personal development, and has extensive personal leadership skills. She spent much of her career in education at the high school, college and correctional facility levels teaching biology & chemistry and acting in the capacity of a success coach. Elizabeth presents workshops and seminars which address communication issues as they manifest in personal relationships. She uses writing as both a creative and cathartic outlet, especially after losing both of her parents to cancer in 2015. She lives in upstate NY, on a farm that bears the name of her motto: Be Unreasonable! She's invested in empowering others in moving their pieces forward in the world.

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