Let’s face it, it seems like we have more to do than there is time in the day. I get that. But I also know, from my own experience and from coaching others, that we can exert some control over our anxiety-producing schedules.
The problem often lies with unnecessary obligations. You know, the things we do mostly out of habit but without purpose.
If you’re serious about enjoying better balance, take a half hour and do this simple exercise. Invite your team members, family and friends to do it, too.
Four Steps to Reduce Unnecessary Obligations for Better Balance
- List your key daily, weekly and monthly obligations.
- Check off the essential ones directly related to your work and home responsibilities that you must do.
- Rank the others on a scale of one to ten, based on importance. You’ll uncover at least a few time-wasting, energy-draining obligations, like one of your professional or civic group memberships that no longer serves you, a friendship you’ve both outgrown, or that home-improvement project you keep postponing.
- Consider dropping or delegating anything under a seven.
What’s one of your unnecessary obligations you’re ready to drop or delegate?