It is important to take a moment for time management reflection. Focus on how self-care fits into your time management skills. After all, if you don’t take time for self-care, your health will suffer due to stress.
And focusing on self-care will bring clarity for what you need to do to have an effective time when you need to be productive too.
How are you taking care of yourself this week?
Pause for a moment.
Sometimes, rather than pressing forward with more information, tasks, and facts, taking a moment to calm the mind and nourish the soul is the best thing for health.
And it truly helps reduce overall procrastination when you are able to squash the stress.
Time management reflection
We can’t be healthy and whole beings without also considering the big picture:
- Nurturing the need for self-love
- Taking time to just be
Wisdom and effectiveness in life come from nurturing ourselves and setting limits for our own good, even when it comes to working.
What sort of limits can we set to be well and productive humans?
It may actually mean skipping the gym tonight instead of sitting down to dinner with a friend.
Perhaps we mindfully and intentionally keep our kids home from that sporting event they have every night and watch a movie together. They need to slow down too.
Clear your schedule for 2 hours for you. It doesn’t cost money and it is so valuable to be well.
Our stress response is one of the biggest risk factors for almost every health issue out there.
How do we succeed while nurturing ourselves?
How Do I Succeed This Week? Success is a measure of this:
- Did I learn something from doing this?
- Did it help me feel more whole?
If we can answer success with those questions, our goals have been met.
Take some time to learn about your own subconscious this week.
If you don’t know how to do this, simply relax, close your eyes, and relax your body. Then shift your mental images to positive pictures.
See how quickly this can make you feel better and even brings more clarity to effective time management.
What will I do to improve time management this week?
Here is a list of things that nurture and promote wellness that also support effective time management.
Try at least 3 per day for optimal health and focus. Or make your own list of things that nurture you.
- Learn ways to draw from other’s positive attitude and energy
- Make a list of things that you are grateful for
- Write down a to-do list on paper, but only write down essential tasks
- Enjoying the sense of community that is around you
- Finding joy in simple tasks, even if it is singing while doing laundry
- Telling that joke one more time to get a laugh
- Keeping a mental image of your pet in your head or perhaps children’s smiles
- Giving your body whole foods. And have full enjoyment from food even if it is not “wholesome”
- Revel in the mystery of nature and all its wonders
- Enjoy some moments with your pets
- Take a hot bath
- Get a shoulder massage
- De-stress by reading
- Cooking simple meals
- Using your favorite aromatherapy
- Take stressful things in your mind and reframe your thoughts about them into positive thoughts
- Have one more cup of tea because it slows you down
- Find ways to nuture your gut
Stress reduction even improves academic performance according to research, so time is never wasted when you take care of yourself [R].
Planning your own time effectively
When you take time for reflection, time management becomes much easier.
Make sure to think about and write down the new skills you have acquired this week. Also, write down the things that you study now and if they have made you become more effective in your daily life.
Put high-priority things in your life to the top of the list for your time management. This has to include a system for calming the mind to gain focus.
Taking the stress away calms down the flight or fight response in the body and it even calms down histamine release.
We heal and become more effective with time management by unplugging and simply enjoying.
Clarity is also gained because your mind is calm and focused when you de-stress.
These things won’t cost money, but they are all priceless. I hope you all have a wonderful week full of nurturing.
Find moments of calm in ways that work best for you.
You have many ways to be whole and nurtured.
Send comments my way about how you are taking care of yourself.
Heidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD. A registered dietitian for 23 years as well as a book author of The Whole Body Guide to Gut Health, Heidi has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine. She has researched supplements and natural medicine throughout her career. One of her biggest loves is helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness.