RE:FORM News #6—Long weekends aren’t just for riding tractors…

Like many people, Kailey and I went into this long weekend with a long list of ‘to do’s. Is it possible to do it all?

Yard chores, house chores, finance stuff, errands, exercise, enjoy lots of family time, get together with friends and MAYBE even try to sneak a nap (if Miles’ nap schedule permitted). We did not have a set plan, just a long list, lots of motivation and three whole days to get it all done.

Now it is Tuesday and we have a beautiful yard that is a reflection of three days of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat, tears and trips to the garden store! We both got in a couple of great bike rides in the Gatineau Park and enjoyed lots of time together as a family. It was a pretty fantastic weekend, however we barely made a dent in our ‘to do list’ and I am sure we are not the only ones in this situation! I have no regrets about this weekend but it did make me reflect on productivity and time management.

How do we fit it all in? How do we maintain balance, live to the fullest in every aspect of life, and remain productive in this increasingly busy and stressful world?

This is a work in progress for Kailey and I… however I want to share what we are doing to better manage our time and make sure the important things don’t slip through the cracks.

Our solution is a lot of family meetings, then pre-planning and scheduling blocks of time for specific things and we both have paper calendars AND we use Google Calendar with reminders to track it all. This may seem rigid but it is an exceptionally effective exercise to make us prioritize, identify what is actually important and to make sure we schedule it in first. This way we are not left with chunks of free time where we think… ‘Now what? We have so much to do; we don’t know where to start! Maybe we should just couch out instead…’

So how to do this?

Daily, weekly, monthly – reflect and identify your priorities: exercise, meditation, work time, family time, errand time, regular chiropractic adjustments – make sure these are all booked into your calendar so they are non-negotiable events that recur in your life. If you don’t have time make a commitment to get up earlier, this way you can make a plan and set the tone for each day! So far this process has given Kailey and I much more balance in our life, our family time/couple time never gets pushed to the sidelines and this weekend aside, we normally manage to get (almost) everything done! 🙂

Have a healthy week!

Dr. Zollinger