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.
What small things try to run your life? Social obligations? Trying to keep your house clean? Cooking to provide healthy food for your family?
Your home life alone can dictate your life. From spending hours cleaning to growing old and gray in your kitchen.
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 debt) but we can change what we do in the future.
The following lists some ways you can practice life management in your own life!
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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 stress the rest of the day.
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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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. Then there’s the ease of meal prepping which is awesome, and especially useful if you’re doing something like the Whole 30 or are trying to eat more carefully.
Seriously, if you don’t have a crockpot, it is a worthwhile investment. And you can get this one at Amazon for twenty bucks: Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCV700SS)
(P.S. More on the meal planning coming soon! 😉 )
Practice Life Management With Business:
You can practice life management in business too. 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 the most effective thing 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.
Set goals and a plan to meet those goals!
What do you think of life management? What are some things that would help you manage your life better?