Ok, so far for our New Year Project, we've looked at what makes us happy, and we've also looked at what barriers there may be to our goals/happiness. So I think it's time we had a look at what we're going to do to make sure we have time to do the things that keep us happy.
Here are some of the things that have worked for me so far:
1. Avoiding time-suck sites. I used to spend hours on Facebook and Pinterest. Sure, they made me happy at the time, but if I look back and think about it, I was mostly left envious of others and lusting after whatever pretty room/item/destination and mentally wailing, "Why does my life not look like that?!"
2. Being conscious of how I spend my time. Ok, I know I said avoid time-suck things, but I can't avoid Instagram. I'm addicted to it. So what I do, is limit my time on it. Or try and sneak it in at down times (like when I'm waiting for the kettle to boil and can't really do much of anything else).
3. Prioritise and schedule REALISTICALLY. I love making lists. I do, I seriously do. Nothing gives me the satisfaction of a day complete when I've crossed everything off a to-do list. But it used to never end and I kept having to rewrite the list for the next day, and feeling disgruntled because it feels like I got nothing done. So I changed the way I did the lists. I put realistic time-limits next to each item, so I have an idea of how I'm spending my day. I even schedule in the activities that make me happy.
4. Find happiness where you can. I know it sounds really corny, but sometimes we just have to pause and find something in our surroundings that makes us happy. It could be just simply really tasting your yummy lunch, or looking up at the sky.
5. Know that you can't do everything. As much as it's painful to admit, there really is a very limited number of hours to do the things we love, so try not to overload your plate.
6. If you procrastinate like me, find an incentive. Or come up with a system that works for you. Some days I just cannot be bothered, and I get crankier because I've run out of time for anything else. The system that worked for me was sandwiching my love-to-do's between my have-to-do's. For example: one weekend I have to clean the bathroom, do the laundry, clear out my closet. Somewhere in there I'd squeeze in an hour for a nap or a furious Instagram-liking session as my 'reward'.
How will you make more time for happiness?