There is, you could argue, too much asked of us as individuals in 21st-century life. We have to work more hours that we’d like, our homes are expected to be clean and in order, and then there’s also the matter of ensuring our children have everything they need to get ahead in life. But the question to ask is: does it have to be this way? By making a few subtle changes to your life, you can free up some of your time and learn to enjoy the good things in life.

Learn to Say No

It’s hard to pinpoint why it should be the case, but people seem to have a difficult time saying no, be it when they’re invited to an event or asked for a favor. While it can be good practice to be positive and say yes to things, if it’s eating up into our free time too much, then it can sometimes do more harm than good. As such, try to learn the art of saying no. People don’t mind as much you think they will, and you’ll find that you have much more free time in your life.

Rope In Help

No one should be expected to take care of all the details in their life. There’s simply too much to do for that to be possible. Instead of assuming control over every aspect of your life, why not rope in some help and delegate some of the tasks out to other people? You can use home cleaning services to ensure that your house is always neat and tidy, and get help from your parents when it comes to looking after the children. It’s the divide and conquers rule; the more people there are, the easier all the tasks will be.

Organize Your Time

Life can sometimes creep up on us, and before we know it, we have more tasks than we know what to do with. This is rightly overwhelming, and all of a sudden we have no free time. This is where a little bit of organization will go a long way. Make a daily schedule, and you’ll know where you need to be at any given moment. It might not leave you with fewer tasks to take care of, but you’ll be able to see where in the day you are free to enjoy yourself.

Unplug, Unwind

The technology in our life often does more harm than good. If you’re checking Facebook and the like when you have a free five minutes, you won’t be reclaiming your life at all. You certainly won’t be unwinding. Instead, make it a policy to limit your tech use. It’s only when we unplug that life slows down, and we can begin to relax.

Remember Your Priorities

Finally, remember your priorities. Our life mirrors the things we value. If you want more time to spend with the kids, then make having more free time your number one goal; you’ll find it’s much easier to achieve when it’s a priority.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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