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3 Ways to Downsize Your Workday


Between all the clients you’ve committed to, a few charities you volunteer with, and the countless and endless number of things you have to do, you’re starting to realize you just don’t have enough time. Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, here are three ways you can downsize your workday and open up time for fun, friends and family.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘no.’ You might find that you have overcommitted yourself simply because you can’t say ‘no.’ You don’t have to feel obligated to do everything you are asked, and if you are wearing yourself too thin, just say so.

Declutter your life. Are there any groups, clubs or activities you have committed to that just don’t add anything meaningful to your life? If so, it’s time to rid your life of them and open up time for something that actually adds value. Then, stop working for free. It’s one thing to act as a mentor, but it’s a whole different thing to offer free advice and consultations. These ‘favors’ are costing you time you just don’t have. And you need to stop wasting your own time. Do you frequent a large amount of entertaining websites a day? What do they add to your life? It’s time to evaluate yourself and see where your time is being eaten up.

Keep the Balance. Your life shouldn’t be all about work. By downsizing your workday, you make more time for friends, family, and the other many things that make you happy. Being productive doesn’t mean being a workaholic. You simply need to decide what’s important to you.

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