Top 5 Reasons to Take Back Your Time


time for self-careIn the book, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John De Graaf, we are encouraged to organize a Take Back Your Time Day on the fourth Friday in October as a way to avoid overwhelm, exhaustion and overwork.

We are consumed by “time poverty” and “busy-ness”.  A recent USA Today article featured a study commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts where 1,500 employed professionals were polled by  STUDYLOGIC.  The study found that 64% of workers admitted they had canceled or postponed a vacation this year and 33% said it was because of stress at work, too many responsibilities or too busy to plan a vacation.

Take back your time…you’ve earned it! Vacations are intended to refresh and give you a break from the stress of work.  Why not take advantage of the opportunity to regain energy and rejuvenate so you’ll better be able to perform at an optimum level?

And, here are 5 good reasons to take back your time so you can stay refreshed and energized …

  • Gratitude –  Show appreciation for the things you already have in your life and the universe will bestow more gifts in your life. Take a break from your to-do list and start a gratitude journal.  Write down at least 5 things you are grateful for every day.
  • Self-Care – Carve out some space from you “busy-ness” for self-care so you will have the mental and physical energy to enjoy your abundance. Make sure you schedule “me time” on your calendar so you can do the things that you enjoy.
  • Schedule wisely – When you try to squeeze in “just one more thing” into your already crowded schedule, you open yourself up to overwhelm, frustration and energy drainers. Set realistic priorities and complete one task before moving on to the next one. On occasion, take a “mental health day”, don’t answer the phone, check email or text.  Relax and enjoy spending time with YOU.
  • Organization – Organize your to-do list by what’s important NOW. Everything doesn’t have to get done today. Organization gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment. When have some organization in place, tasks don’t seem so daunting.
  • “End your day with some downtime – At the end of your day, take 15 minutes to unwind and relax. You deserve it! Sit quietly, take several deep breaths and calm your mind from the days busy-ness.

Until next time…

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get tips, start living out loud with enthusiasm, energy, passion, and self-confidence now, get your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life


  1. As an entrepreneur I find it even more important to find ways to take back your time. It’s easy to lose focus during the day especially when you go from one activity to another. I’d like to add 4 ways misusing time impacts the life of an entrepreneur.
    1. It’s downright tiring
    2. Reduces the quality of your work
    3. Reduces your ability to impact the results you are trying to achieve.
    4. Impacts your ability to get a clear sense of effectiveness of your activities

    • Hi Linda,

      Thanks for adding to the list. You are so right about the effects of using time unwisely especially when you are self-employed. I hope all is well with you and we can use our time wisely to connect real soon!

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