Let’s face it: life is busy. Most of us are constantly working to find balance with work, relationships, children, friendships, and more. It can be extremely stressful to go from one task, meeting, practice, meal to another and always feel one step behind. And when we find ourselves in a constant state of stress, it’s hard to enjoy the small things in life and find time for joyful, happy activities. That’s where creating a schedule comes in. It might seem overly simple, but just the act of scheduling out your days can bring you peace of mind.
How to Create A Schedule That Works For You
Find a planner that you will use.
This can make all the difference in the world. How many times have you bought a planner, excited to be organized, only to have it gather dust on your desk? Having a planner that you will actually use is the key. It might be a pretty planner from your local paper store, or it might be all digitized and synced on your smartphone. Either way, the first step is to find a planner you like and will actually use. (Aurorae Director of Marketing is partial to her Day Designer. Completely obsessed.)
In order for your schedule to work, you have to update it each week in a practical way. Set aside a weekly time, preferably on a Sunday, to look at the week ahead and plan out your time. Whether it’s work meetings, doctors appointments, social events, workouts, yoga classes, or time to relax, you are more likely to stick to your schedule if it is all laid out ahead of time.
Plan out time to relax.
Your planner should not be all work and no play. That can actually make you feel more stressed than before. So plan out time to relax! Schedule in a 30 minute walk with your dog on your lunch break. Schedule in some post work drinks with friends. Schedule in a phone call with a loved one to catch up. Schedule in time to watch your favorite TV show. This will keep you from that “go, go, go” mentality that so many of us get caught up in, going one hundred miles an hour and never stopping to rest. Plan out your relaxation to make sure you take care of yourself.
Schedule workouts and fitness classes ahead of time.
When life gets busy, often fitness is the first thing to take a back seat. But, when we are sedentary all day, our mental and physical health struggles. If you have a yoga class already scheduled in, you are less likely to skip it, even if the day is busy! Even better, you can sign up and pay for the classes you want to take that week ahead of time to hold yourself even more accountable.
Cut yourself some slack.
This one is probably the most important to keep in mind when creating a schedule that works for you. Plan out your week, but be flexible. If you start to feel under the weather and need to adjust your schedule, you absolutely should. If you are too busy or tired to workout, give yourself a much needed rest day. If you need some unstructured time, put your schedule away for the day!
Creating a schedule should make your life less stressful, not more stressful, so be sure you are taking care of yourself along the way.