create protective time boundaries

I’ve struggled with time management my whole life, so finding successful time management skills is a big deal for me!  One of the most important skills I use is setting boundaries to protect my time because it helps improve my mental, emotional, and physical health.  This blog post lists 4 steps to create more time by setting protective time boundaries and also includes steps on how to Create Your Own Personal Assistant!

How to Create More Time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.

Attention planner lovers, BUJO (bullet journal) friends, and all those who love planning.  These are great tips that help me daily with planning!

Struggling with Time

Do you struggle with enough time?  

Not enough hours in the day to get everything done?

Are you late to appointments?  Not enough time for self care?

In this Blog Post:

How to Create More Time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.

  1. Create More Time by Setting Protective Time Boundaries:
    • Step #1: Set Boundaries with Routine
    • Step #2: Create Margin in Your Day
    • Step #3: Set Boundaries to Protect Time
    • Step #4: How to Block Time & Margin
  2. Create Your Own Personal Assistant <– coming soon!
  3. FREE printable of 15 Self Care Activities you can do in 15 minutes. (at bottom of blog post)

time management skills

Benefits of Time Management

These Time Management Skills: Setting Boundaries with Time can help you develop time management which will help you:

  • reach your goals
  • improve relationships
  • increase productivity
  • find more free time
  • and even improved mental, emotional, and physical wellness!

How to Create More Time:

By Setting Protective Time Boundaries

Improving time management & setting protective time boundaries can help you reach your goals, improve relationships, and find more free time!

Managing time by setting healthy protective time boundaries helps create enough time for work, relationships, and hobbies.

Create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.

Step #1: Set Boundaries in Routine

We are all busy with a packed daily routine, that’s the nature of our modern world and the current status.  We all need more time, more energy, and more restoration.

We each have our own daily routine, whether it’s as a stay-at-home mom, a working adult, a student in school, or someone in retirement.  So, how can we create more time in our busy routine?

Routines are important; they give us stability, familiarity, and time to recharge your batteries.  A routine can give you time to nurture your emotions, calm your thoughts, and relax your body.  Sound good?

To improve your routine, start by setting good protective time boundaries; such as, creating space for Margin in your routine.

Real Life Application:

  • Think about your routine, when are times overloaded, stressful, or overwhelming?
  • Is your routine packed full?  Do you have time to relax?
    Catch up?  Recharge?
  • When thinking of your daily routine, how many things do you do in one day?  For example, do you schedule more than 3 big things in one day?  Consider 3 big things a day as your limit and see how much better you feel.

Step #2: Create Margin in your Day

create margin daily

It’s amazing what happens when you create Margin in your day, it’s literally one of the foundations to creating more time.  Want to improve your mental, physical and relational health?

Consider the margin around a piece of lined paper, it’s white space, empty space.  Our eyes need the empty space around the page so we can focus on whatever is written or drawn on the page.

The same goes for our margin in our day, we need the extra empty space around the edge of our day to be able to better focus on the main goals.  This margin, this empty space around the edges of our activities gives us time to refresh and recharge, to have the energy to complete our goals.

Margin is the time you can reserve in your routine, for restoring your emotional, physical and financial investments.

“Creating space and time for margin
helps restore rest, relationships, and resiliency.”

Resiliency is the time to bounce back from challenges.

Real Life Application:

  • Where  can you reserve time (margin) in your routine?
  • How much margin will help restore your wellness and invest in your self care?
  • Maybe one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening would be a good starting space for daily margin.  Try it for a week and see how how it helps.

Step #3: Set boundaries to protect time

This 3rd step has helped me improve my daily routine, create more time, and protect margin to recharge & restore my wellness!  By setting and protecting my time with boundaries, I am able to get more done in my day, take better care of my health, and focus on what’s important to me.

Protecting time can be easily accomplished by setting reminders on your phone or computer’s alarms.  I know, it sounds too easy, right?  Well, it’s so important that one of my bosses told me it was the most important productivity tool introduced to the company.

Imagine a therapist has many clients waiting to be seen, and the therapist is way behind schedule, so the clients are waiting a long time.  So, when the therapist implements reminders on his/her phone to remind the therapist and the client that the session has 10 minutes till closing.  The reminder is helpful to the therapist, the client, and to all the client’s waiting to be seen.

Make it fun with exciting ring tones to remind you to leave for your appointment, or calming sounds to give you a heads up that your meeting needs to wrap it up.

Real Life Application:

  • How could you protect your time with reminders on your phone or computer?
  • What reminders are the most important to set?

Learn how to create more time by setting reminders in this easy-to-read workbook: Create Your Own Personal Assistant <– coming soon!create more time improves mental health

4. How to Block Time & Margin

Every semester, I get overwhelmed by a change in routine and weekly schedules because everything changes.  Changes effect my mental health, my physical health and my relational health.

The number one tool I use is setting protective time boundaries with this essential tool: blocking time and margin.  This is how I improve my overall wellness, blocking my time and margin to recover!

The first step is to create habits by blocking time and cluster similar goals & tasks together to get the most out of your time.  This is also called time batching and blocking time.

Every time we multi-task, we lose time because our brains take awhile to switch between two or more different tasks. We need space and time to focus on what’s important. Try to avoid multi-tasking so that you have more time to focus on similar goals or tasks and save time.

Block Schedule:

  1. Schedule 90 minutes to focus on a cluster, a block of similar goals or tasks.
  2. Then take a 15-minute break.

Example, focus on one area of goals for 90 minutes, such as time for family.

Block times will have details written down to keep you focused, don’t worry about writing down details for your breaks.  When considering time for breaks, allow space and time to listen to your body’s needs to recharge.

Example of Block Schedule:

7:00-8:00 am            Margin

8:00-9:00 am            Breakfast and get ready for the day

9:00-10:30 am          Blog post

11:00-12:30 pm         Lunch

1:00-6:00 pm            Clients (with breaks in between)

6:00-7:30 pm            Supper

7:30-9:00 pm            Family time (visit, games, play)

9:00-10:00 pm          Margin

Real Life Application:

  • Block Time: Cluster similar tasks together into 90-minute segments. What grouping do you see that share a similar goal? Work, school, family, blog?
  • Block 15-minutes for self care: grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit outside in the sun or shade, talk to a friend.

Only have 15 minutes for self care?  No problem!

Get a FREE printable of 15 Self Care Activities you can do in 15 minutes.self care activities in 15 minutes

Summary of this Blog Post:

How to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.

  1. Create More Time by Setting Protective Time Boundaries:
    • Step #1: Set Boundaries with Routine
    • Step #2: Create Margin in Your Day
    • Step #3: Set Boundaries to Protect Time
    • Step #4: How to Block Time & Margin
  2. Create Your Own Personal Assistant

Every time I use these 4 Time Management Skills, I see an improvement in what I can accomplish as well as improvements in my self care.  Especially using the skills: “Create Your Own Personal Assistant” it’s my favorite time management tool that I use every day!

Create Your Own Personal Assistant <– coming soon!

I get a whole lot more of my goals accomplished using time management skills, and I feel calmer and not overwhelmed.

This blog post is part of a series on time management, read more about how to improve your self care with time management.

Series: Time Management Skills

Want to improve your self care with more time?

  1. Time Management Skills Improve Self Care: How managing time helps you manage & improve self care.
  2. Create More Time with Time Protective Boundaries: How to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.
    ***THIS BLOG POST***

I hope this journey of improving your time management skills helps you find more time  and improves your wellness. I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness and what helps you find more time?

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Disclaimer: This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable or need to talk to someone, wellness resources may be helpful.

If you need someone to help to talk to, counselors and mental health professionals can help provide support resources on:

  • time management
  • stress management
  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting

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