How does one practice life management? What IS life management?
Pleeeease. Let’s be real. “Life management” sounds like a fancy name to give something that’s actually very simple.
There’s nothing magical about it, it’s simply a variety of ways people run their lives.
To practice life management, you simply have to have a desire to run your life.
Think about it: how many times do you go a week, a month, or even a year and realize that you’ve let circumstances dictate everything you do?
Okay, obviously a LOT of circumstances are out of our control. Like a LOT. Someone gets sick, jobs change, you move, etc etc. We can’t control the things life throws at us, but we can control the way we deal with those things and we can control the smaller aspects of life.
We can keep the smaller things from running our lives- and by doing this you’ll have a peace about your life.
What things try to run your life?
- Social obligations?
- Other people’s expectations of you?
- Trying to keep your house clean?
- Cooking to provide healthy food for your family?
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From spending hours cleaning to spending half your life cooking, it’s easy to let all the little areas of running a home take over your life. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not a housekeeper. I just don’t have that knack. I can be obsessive about cleaning, and I can cook a decent meal, but it’s not what I thrive doing. And so I have to find ways to take care of these things, WITHOUT letting them take up the majority of my time.
Money can easily dictate the way you run your life. We can’t change the choices we’ve made in the past, (aka going into massive debt) but we can change what we do in the future. If you don’t tell your money where to go, it will tell you. You HAVE to be the one to manage your money, not vice versa.
I love people. I really do. Being around people is my jam. Maybe it’s because I grew up the youngest of six kids- I don’t know. But I could be around people all day every day.
I love being around people, and yes, I tend to be a people pleaser. 😬 (I’m working on that as one of my goals this year. Strange goal, I know.) When you love people, I find that it’s easy to let them dictate what you do in your life.
A lot of it is well-intentioned and not meant to be dictatorial, but it can still suck your life away. If you find yourself saying “yes” to EVERY SINGLE THING someone asks of you regardless of what you think about it, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and learn to say “NO.”
If you aren’t managing your business, and work effectively, you can find it taking over your life. Don’t get me wrong, I love working. But I never want work to be the most important thing in my life.
Learning how to be more productive at work is one of the best things you could do for yourself. Focus on the task before you and then set it aside when it’s finished.
Practice Life Management At Home:
Your home life can set the pace for the rest of your life.
Example: if you leave the house for work and you’re already stressed because you’ve misplaced 5 things and never could find those important papers you need then you’re most likely going to be a stress-mess the rest of the day.
What if I told you that you could have a home where it’s easy to find stuff, easy to pick up things, and faster to clean?
The solution is MINIMALISM. Keep only the things that you use! It’s so simple, it’s brilliant.
Instead of digging through a bunch of clutter to get dressed, cook dinner, or find that bill you were mailed, you could have everything where you can find it- WITHOUT ORGANIZING.
I love minimalism. It has changed the way I do life. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a really, really good pack rat. I mean if there were pack rat contests, I’d be number one.
It’s not that I put sentimental value on the things I have, I just would collect more and more stuff and never deal with it. Or use it.
Applying minimalism to my life has changed that completely. Rather than avoiding my piles of stuff by never being home, now I can actually enjoy spending time in my home. I can actually find stuff in my house, because there isn’t a ton of it crammed in there.
Note: Beginning minimalism doesn’t have to take a bunch of your time either. Here’s a list of one minute minimalism hacks that can help you get started!
Practice Life Management With Money:
Either you tell your money exactly where to go, or it’ll make up its own mind.
Okay, so maybe money doesn’t have a mind, but I’m serious: if you don’t plan where you’re going to spend your money, you’ll end up spending it on a lot of little stuff you didn’t mean to.
Write out a budget. You’ll be so glad you did. It will save you time, stress, and frustration. Write down every single bill you have. Learn EXACTLY where you are sending your money.
And because I am not an expert on all money matters, I like to refer you to someone who is, and who can teach you about money waaaay better than I could. 😉 I highly suggest reading Dave Ramsey’s financial peace book. I don’t agree 100% with everything he says, but it’s full of a lot of practical step by step plans on how to take charge of your money.
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Practice Life Management With Time:
Better ways to manage your life means finding better ways to manage your time. Plan your day and you’ll save time. Find a good time management method that you can stick with and you’ll find that your days will run so much smoother!
My favorite time management hack is single-tasking. Focus on one thing, and get it done. Don’t scatter yourself all over the place. Focus on that one task and GET IT DONE.
Don’t believe me- try it for yourself and see how fast you can get things done when you aren’t trying to multitask.
I’m a firm believer in writing things down as a good time management habit. That way you never have to wonder what needs to be done when.
Find a planning system that works well for you. There are lots of different day planner apps for you phone, or you can be old fashioned like me, and like being able to write things down with a pen and paper.
Bullet journal or day planner, you’ve got options to track and plan your days.
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Practice Life Management With Meals:
Cooking healthy meals is important to me. My mom made every meal at home, and I feel like I had a really healthy childhood because of that. She made really good food, (still does) and it’s something I want to do for my family.
Problem is, cooking takes a lot of time. Those of you who do it know exactly what I mean. That is why I believe in meal planning, meal prepping, freezer meals, and crockpot cooking.
Seriously. Anything that will shorten the amount of time I have to spend in the kitchen!!
Find a method that you like and is easy for you. I personally love variety so I trade up what I do.
- If it’s going to be an especially busy month, I do freezer meals.
- If I’m going to be gone all day I like to throw things in the crockpot.
- If I’m focusing on eating fresher foods, I love meal prepping.
(P.S. More on the meal planning coming soon! 😉 )
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Practice Life Management With Business:
From scheduling your work hours to awesome resources to make running your business easier. Practicing life management in business is a HUGE topic and deserves a blog post of its own, so we’ll just barely touch on it.
Schedule your business hours. I hate to say this, but one of the most effective things I’ve done is learn to set aside work when I’m not actually working. That sounds really funny, but I am an all or nothing person. I like to throw myself into a project. Eat, sleep and breathe that project. And then there comes the inevitable burnout.
If you can learn to keep business within business hours, I can almost guarantee you that you won’t be nearly as stressed about your business.
Incorporate some good business tools that can help you work faster and more efficiently. There are some repetitive work tasks that you can either automate, or batch and get done even faster.
Find a work model that works well for you. It will change for each person’s personality type and business, but if you put the work into finding a smooth working model you’ll be able to grow your business smoothly, and keep your sanity in place. 😉
Practicing Life Management With People:
The only thing I have to say here, is learn the art of the graceful no.
It will change your life.
For us yes people, who want to do anything and everything people ask of us, this is the ultimate life changer in relationships.
“No” is a perfectly acceptable answer and it doesn’t have to be mean or unkind in any way. It simply means you are recognizing your limits as a person.
The added benefit of learning to say no? People begin to respect your boundaries.
Establishing healthy boundaries with people will allow you to have healthier friendships, business relationships, and build your own self-confidence.
Both of these books have altered the way I think of saying no:
What do you think of life management? What are some things that would help you manage your life better?
Taking charge of every area of your life sounds like a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be! Remember you have your own free will. Don’t blame other people or circumstances for what YOU can change!