Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is the hero we all need.
I say this fresh off my 200th viewing of her most recent viral clip, where she turns “reclaiming my time” into a hot new catchphrase (and maybe a way of life) by refusing to put up with the nonsense of Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin during a recent Congressional hearing.
Take a quick scroll through social media, and It's abundantly clear that over the past 48 hours, the Congresswoman has inspired plenty of people across the country to stop entertaining foolishness and start standing up for themselves. By demanding that Mnuchin get back to the topic at hand, Maxine Waters singlehandedly reminded me that 1) my time is limited and needs to be used wisely, and 2) it's up to me to make sure that I don't allow myself or anyone else to waste it.
At a time when so many of us have jobs, side hustles, dreams of meal prepping and working out five days a week, not to mention attempting to maintain a social calendar, It can be challenging to not end the week feeling drained and wondering where the hell all of our time went. When I think of reclaiming my own time, I determine I can maximize each moment and create a day that is both efficient and enjoyable.
Here are seven ways you can reclaim your own time this week:
1. Conduct a time audit.
Time tracker apps like Toggl and ATracker can help you determine how much time you are spending on certain tasks and help you re-prioritize your obligations.
2. Create a schedule for TOMORROW.
Get a head start on tomorrow by planning it out today. You can create a to-do list or schedule out your time.
3. Stop procrastinating.
You already know what Nike says about this: just do it.
4. Say "NO" to something that you really don't want do.
Your time is precious, so save it for the things you wholeheartedly want, not the things you're on the fence about.
5. Do something just for yourself.
Whether it's a solo walk, an appointment with your therapist, or even a nap, make time for self-care.
6. Leave work on time.
Newsflash: the work will still be there tomorrow. Seriously, LEAVE WORK ON TIME.
7. Ask for help.
You don't have to handle everything by yourself. Maximize your time and preserve your energy by splitting some of your tasks with someone who can help to alleviate the burden.
Have any other ideas of how you can reclaim your time? Let me know in the comments, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter!