Unless you are already living a Taylored Life, enjoying Leisure Time can be the last thing on your list of priorities.
Juggling a career, spending time with the family, cooking, shopping, household tasks, gardening, the list seems endless. Even a visit to the gym can be seen as just one more thing to fit into your day.
Taking a break from your Life.
That is why you may put so much emphasis on your annual two-week holiday, it’s an opportunity for a change of routine and to spend time doing those activities that you really want to do; and how much better do you feel for doing that?
By the time you get to the end of your break you are just starting to feel the benefit of your time away and vow that things are going to be different when you get home, there has to be more to life!
Does this sound like you?
Can you create the lifestyle that you really want?
You may be wondering how can you possibly fit anything else into your already hectic day without making it a 25-hour day or introducing an 8-day week.
Yes, you may have a vague idea of what you would do with more leisure time; you might want to go for more walks in the countryside or perhaps you would like to learn to play the guitar or grow your own vegetables although they never seem to happen.
So what can you do make a life that you don’t need to take a break from?
Here are five simple steps that you can take to start living tomorrow today:
1. Write a list of what it is that you want to do for leisure activities and be specific, the list can be as long as you like.
2. Prioritize your list into what you want to introduce immediately and what is longer term, and the word introduce is the key here as you need to bring these activities into your life gradually otherwise you are likely to stop doing them as soon as you get busy and something else takes priority again.
3. Now you have them in order of what you would like to do first. Go back through your list and write next to each item on the list what it is that has prevented you from doing that activity in the past.
Often it is just that you haven’t prioritized it and made it happen.
Other reasons on your list could be ‘not enough time’, ‘not enough money’, ‘lack of confidence’; these are often the major objections that people have.
4. Some suggestions for dealing with these major objections from your list:
Review your daily routine and stop doing what doesn’t need to be done. Can you go grocery shopping less often by buying for more days? Does everything you iron really need ironing? Can you clean the house less often? Stop watching mindless television.
Schedule leisure time into your diary and give it as much priority as you would for any other important appointment.
If the money is available, pay people to do some of the jobs you do, e.g. cleaning, gardening, decorating, ironing etc.
Make a list of your outgoings and check where you can get a better deal, e.g. gas, electric, insurance, credit cards.
Sell the items that you no longer have a use for, it’s surprising how much you can make on eBay or at car boot sales.
You already know that there will be other people who feel the same as you do; yet this often isn’t enough to spur you on.
If confidence is a real issue for you, we suggest that you speak to one of our Coaches at The Taylored Life Company who will talk to you about options for getting the level of confidence that you have always wanted. We have helped many people with confidence and self esteem issues and we can help you too!
5. Now, take the first item on your list, research everything that you need to know in order to get started and take action and go for it!
There is no substitute for taking that first step and before you know it you will be living a Taylored Life!