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How to Use Your Time More Wisely

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people aren't born understanding how to manage time. In fact, we don't understand time at all. As we grow, we begin to understand time and its importance in our lives and the world. And somewhere along the way, we learn to manage it. Or -- in the more common situation -- we don't learn how to manage it at all. We struggle with spending our time wisely. We waste so much and get so little done. If you need to get more done, it's imperative that you finally, once and for all, learn time management. But where to begin? To get you moving in the right direction, take a look at these tips for using your time wisely and making changes that last.

End Your Procrastination Habit

Procrastination is a time sucking beast of a habit. While we're doing it, we think that we're gaining time, but we're not. We're just pushing off the inevitable and wasting valuable time both now and later. But how do we stop this nasty habit? One day at a time. Think of your procrastination as an addiction. Focus on ending it one day at a time, one step at a time, and eventually you may be able to kick the habit for good.

Ask for Help

Sometimes we can't manage our time because our plates are too full. If this is the case for you, it might be time to ask for some help. Delegate some responsibilities, at least until you can catch up. Once you get caught up, you can determine what happens next. Should you drop some responsibilities? Hire full-time help? It's ultimately up to you, but don't think that you have to do it all, or you may spend your whole life losing time and losing your mind too.

Make a Schedule

Schedules work. We don't always like them because they make us feel too restricted, but if you can't manage time, then restriction may be just what you need. Create a schedule that focuses on your most important priorities first. It might need some tweaking along the way, but eventually you'll find what works for you and gain more time to get things done.

If you never have any time, you'll never be able to feel good about your life. You won't have time to care for yourself -- your mental or physical health. Use these tips to manage your time, and you may be able to improve your life and health right away.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Ana, Calif.

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