Are you constantly telling people you’re busy? Are you often late to events or have to leave early to get to your next commitment? Do you find that you let those who care about you down by not being available?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, you may want to consider decluttering your schedule.

Being busy in itself is not necessarily a bad thing but if it causes you stress or if you have become unreliable and/or unavailable to important people in your life, it is time to reassess your commitments. 

Some people like to brag about being busy, but being busy isn’t a badge of honor. Managing your time effectively and being reliable is much more award-worthy.

Finding a balance between scheduled events and free time will help you feel less stressed and allow you to focus on what is important to you.

Tips to Consider

  • When scheduling commitments, think about your priorities and goals and only schedule things that align.
  • Keep at least one free day a week.
  • When scheduling recurring commitments, schedule out a chunk of weeks at a time (I do 1 month) and then reassess those commitments to make sure they still align with your goals and priorities before you schedule the next chunk.
  • Be available to the people who mean the most to you. 
  • Know your limitations and don’t overschedule yourself.

Benefits of a Decluttered Schedule

  • More time for the things that are important to you.
  • More time to be spontaneous.
  • Less time rushing from commitment to commitment.
  • Less stress.
  • More time to relax.
  • More time to be present.

Remember 

You plan your day. You get to decide how you spend your time. Before you say “yes” to new commitments, take time to think about the time you are trading in and make sure it’s worth it.

Challenge

Write a list of your goals and priorities and then take a look at your calendar for the next month. Does each of your commitments align with a goal or priority? Are there any commitments that you can cancel?

What do you enjoy most about keeping your schedule clutter-free?