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Overcoming the Challenge of Not Having Enough Time for your Self-Reliant Life

Overcoming the challenge of not having enough time for your Self-Reliant life

Time to complete this lesson:
Video: 20 minutes
Handout: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Do you struggle with fitting all the things you’d like to accomplish into each day? We all do at one time or another! Even though we all have the same 24 hours to work with, some people just naturally seem to get a lot accomplished.

Why is that?

  • Do they have a special potion or formula that makes them super human? Nope.
  • Are they just good at hiding it? If we dug deeper would we that they have all their dirty clothes stuffed in the laundry room where we can’t see? Let’s hope not!
  • Are they quick to make decisions and ultra organized? Maybe.

Most likely, those super productive people are very good at setting personal priorities and focusing on the task at hand.

We are starting off the series by talking about ways we can overcome the challenges of too little time. So in this lesson, we’ll give you tips to increase your productivity, save time, and get to the things that are most important for YOU.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why we procrastinate in the first place.
  • What your perfect self-reliant day would look like.
  • How to take a big project and break it down into bitesize chunks.
  • 5 tips to make extra time in your day.

seekingserenity and harmony

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I tend to forget the prioritize my 'to do's' and let overwhelm from braindumping everything on one day keep me from moving forward. Thanks for giving me a reset today with this lesson.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

My biggest take away is keeping my dream in the forefront. Actually visualizing it and making it real. Secondly, breaking down dreams and projects into manageable bite size pieces. Thank you!


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Thank you for this info! I love the idea of time blocks, 5-10 minutes to get something small done to chip away at a bigger task/ project is a great idea. Personally, I keep a running list of stuff I need to do and that’s helpful to keep me from forgetting stuff and delegating to the kids or husband when needed. but I have found that I stay more on task and feel accomplished if each evening I write 5 things in my planner for the next day that are “must-do’s”. This keeps me focused and if/ when those 5 things are Complete I will look to my running list to see what else I have time for. I’ve also found that turning off push notifications and not keeping my phone with me all the time saves a ton of lost time that would have been spent looking at email, texts, social media, etc. instead those have set times throughout the day.

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Thanks for sharing, these are such great ideas! I especially love the ideas with your phone...goodness, the phone can be such a time suck.


Monday 13th of July 2020

As a newbie to simple living, I’ve never stopped and thought about what my perfect day would be. What a great idea!! Thanks for getting me started on my dreams!

Deborah C

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

I believe the Batch Tasking will be great and help me the most. If I write down the skills that I want to learn in the batch squares I am sure I will find a lot of the 5-10 min blocks and 30 min-1 hour blocks will already be filled in. Then it will be easier for me to not procrastinate because I will want to get that last square checked off because that bugs the crap out of me that something is started and not finished. I have a lot of things started but they are not written down so I can visually see what I have done. Therefore I have lots of anxieties about what I need to do. Once again if I use this batch tasking and write everything down, I know this will help me accomplish my small goals. Thank you so much for this lesson. I am anxious to get started. I already have a list of skills that I want to learn so I can print a paper out like the batch paper for each skill and start filling them in and prioritize them in order and get busy. This will also help me decide which skills i can do and want to keep doing on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Teri Page

Friday 7th of April 2017

Yes, this is a fantastic way to organize, Deborah, and I hope it helps you check things off your list and reduce your stress!! I know there is SO much to get done each day. Just keep taking baby steps every day and you'll get your goals accomplished!


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