Declare Time Bankruptcy to Reboot Your Schedule

Via Lifehacker

Most of us struggle with balancing the amount of things we have committed ourselves to against the amount of time we have. If you’ve reached the point where your time debt is creeping higher and higher, declaring time bankruptcy will help you recalibrate.

Photo by Irargerich.

Over at the financial blog Get Rich Slowly they’re taking a look at the concept of time-debt—the idea that you can overextend your time resources the same way you can overextend your financial ones. Among more routine advice like saying no to new commitments, they offer a more radical approach:

First, I did the time equivalent of declaring bankruptcy: I quit everything. No more writer’s group, no more swim lessons, no more gymnastics classes, no more weekly library story hour.

I turned my suddenly-much-happier kids loose to play with their neighborhood friends, watch Sesame Street and bake cookies with me in the afternoons. I spent my evenings at home, not running around town trying to keep up with a social life that suited my 25-year-old self better than my mom-self.

We get so used to doing more and more activities, packing our schedules ever tighter, that it rarely occurs to us that we could simply say no to everything. Check out the full article for more tips on getting your time-debt under control. If you have your own scheduling tips and tricks to share, let’s hear about it in the comments.

frantic, like I have no time, nonproductive, stressed, unproductive

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