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Time Management and You

Posted by advancare in Alzheimer's Disease, caregiver stress, caregiving, caregiving tips, depression, home care, mental health, Senior Health | 0 comments

When our brains age, it may become tougher to remember things that you easily used to remember. To prevent this, there are many different things you can do to both strengthen your memory and improve your time management skills. Check out our previous post that focused on improving your mental health from a couple of weeks ago for some tips on how to keep your memory sharp. This week’s post focuses on time management and what you can do to improve it while bettering yourself.

There are many benefits to mastering time management. For one, you will usually always have time to get what you need done. This is probably the most obvious benefit and it’s usually the reason why people start to work on their time management in the first place. Another benefit is that it will allow you to feel like you can control your life. No one likes to feel like their out of control, and sometimes life will throw you curveballs. If you are efficient with your time, then you will most likely be able to overcome any obstacle thrown in your way. Our final benefit is one that everyone would enjoy: less stress. If you know what you are doing and when you should be doing it, then you will most likely avoid many of the issues that arise with having poor time management.

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Here are some tips that may assist you in keeping track of your time and daily activities:

  • Do your harder tasks first so you can get them off of your mind.
  • Say yes when you should, but learn to say no in the proper situations.
  • Take your time with your tasks.
  • Use your computer or smartphone if you know how to.
  • Multitask if you can, but do so safely.
  • Understand that there will be mishaps along the way. Don’t let these get you down.
  • Don’t overcommit to something and then regret it later.
  • Be sure to reward yourself every once in awhile for staying on track.
  • Don’t get sidetracked with another project or another kind of interruption.
  • Keep a calendar, make lists, and/or write entries in a journal or planner to keep yourself on track.

These are just a few of the many things that you can do to improve your time management as well as your life in general. If you are a caretaker reading this, then be sure to help out your clients when you can. If you have any suggestions, be sure to drop a comment in the section below.

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