7 Ways to Reclaim Your Downtime

Proven Strategies to Create More Margin, Get More Rest, and Take Back Your Life

Confession time: I struggle mightily with downtime. Like many in today’s world, I am constantly on the go, whizzing from one thing to the next. Go, go, go. Work, work, work. Can you relate? If so, today I’ll share seven ways you can reclaim your downtime.

7 Ways to Reclaim Your Downtime

1. Decide that it is Possible

The first step to reclaiming your downtime is to believe that you can do it.

If you go through life believing that you don’t control your own schedule, you will never control it. If you go through each day thinking that you’ll never truly have downtime, you won’t.

7 Ways to Overcome Burnout and Truly Live

You’ve reached the end of your rope.

You’re burned out on your chasing your dream. It used to fill your life with excitement and promise. Now feels like it’s sucking the life out of you.

So what do you do when you’re burned out with your dream?

How to overcome burnout
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I received an email from a friend recently who was burning out. My friend is a dreamer and a go-getter. He works hard at his day job and hard at his dream. He wakes up early and goes to bed late. And in between he hustles.

And I know something about him that sometimes he forgets, like we all do. I know that it will be worth it and that he will achieve great things.

Parkinson’s Law and Why You Need To Set Time Limits by Jim Wang

Allow me to introduce you to Jim Wang from Microblogger.

Jim built a hugely successful personal finance blog all the way back in dial-up days (2005) and now has an awesome blog at Microblogger.com. Check him out and enjoy this bit of awesomeness from him.

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

That’s known as Parkinson’s law and it comes from the first sentence of an essay, written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson, that was published in The Economist in 1955.

It’s since been cited numerous times and while it’s not a law in the “we have tons of data to prove it” sense, it’s an idea that you should take to heart if you’re trying to run a business.

Parkinson's Law - Jim Wang on time Limits

When I started my personal finance blog, Bargaineering, I was doing it as a fun little side project. I’d find myself with a lot of time after work and given the deluge of personal finance news and information I had to digest (reading 401k manuals wasn’t my idea of fun but you have to do it!), I thought it’d be useful to keep a journal. It just so happened that I did it as a blog.