In the 4+ years that I have been actively caring for my health and well-being, I’ve found it difficult to work toward achieving these goals around my 9-5. Here are some of my favorite time-management strategies to care for my health around my full-time job.
Find a Planning Strategy That Works for You
After years of randomly buying planners without any rhyme or reason to my purchase decision, then forgetting to use them, I was finally introduced to the Franklin-Covey planner. This worked well for me for years, but still never quite met all my needs.
So, I decided to create my own. By printing a copy of my daily planning worksheet for a low-stress day for each day of a week, a month, or a year and putting them together into your own book, you are ready to put strategies to care for your health around a full-time job right in front of you every day.
Right at the top of the page is a place to write out the number one most important things you must do that day for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Below that is a space to record gratitude and the dinner recipe you plan to cook (and, where to find it! Is it on a Pinterest board, in a cook book, on a recipe card??). Then, of course, plenty of space to list and prioritize the day’s tasks and to record any appointments for the day.You can download my planning worksheet by subscribing here.
Put Yourself First
We’ve all heard it before. “Put your oxygen mask on first.” “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
You’ve heard it. But, how proactive are you about implementing the concept in your life?
My planning worksheet for a low-stress day is just what you need to finally put yourself first! Your most important self-care tasks will be front and center in your daily plan every single day. This ensures that you show up for the remainder of your daily tasks feeling put together and prepared.
Evaluate Your Current Schedule
Take some time to really review your daily schedule as it is now. What stresses you out? Can it be removed, delegated, or adjusted to cause less stress? If not, can you make time for a calming activity such as meditation or deep breathing exercises right before beginning?
What in your current schedule brings you joy? Can you spend more time on that, or add aspects of it into other activities throughout the day?
As you look at your current schedule with a critical eye, really pay attention to your discoveries and do your best to make lasting changes to your new schedule going forward.
Put Strategies to Care for My Health Around My Full-Time Job to Use
To wrap things up, my favorite time-management strategies to care for my health around my full-time job included starting with simply finding a planning strategy that worked for me. I love the Franklin-Covey planner, but I’ve found over the years that it just wasn’t meeting all of my needs, so I created my own daily planning worksheet that puts a focus on self-care.
My planning worksheet helps me to ensure that I put myself first so I am able to bring my best self to the rest of my tasks throughout the day. It also helps me take a look at what I’m doing now, and what may work better in the future.You can download my planning worksheet by subscribing here.
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