Ways to Take Control of Your Life

There is a common idea that “life is a rollercoaster” with many ups and downs. It is true that life does have its ups and downs, but it doesn’t have to be out of control. This perception may lead to accepting more volatility than you really need to if you know how to take control of your life. 

Set Boundaries

One of the most important aspects of being able to control your own life is to set boundaries around your time regarding others. Yes, you help your kids, parents, spouse, and so forth but you don’t have to be everything and do everything for everyone to be a good person. 

Create SMART Goals

Anything you want to accomplish starts with a SMART goal. That means that you design your goal so that it is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and has a time limit or deadline. For example, if you’d like your home to be more organized, it’s not going to happen by itself. You need to set up a plan that’s easier to implement by chunking it down over time. 

Know Your Core Values 

One reason some people end up feeling sick on their rollercoaster life is that they haven’t taken time to get to know themselves. Determine what your guiding core values are in your life and you’ll be able to make better choices in life. When you have a basis for which to decide, it makes every decision simpler. 

Get Organized

It’s hard to take control if everything is disorganized. From getting ready in the morning to going to bed at night, everything will take more time if you have a lot of clutter and disorganization in your environment. If you really want to achieve more, personally, and professionally, organize your environment. 

Schedule Everything 

When you make plans for anything, whether personal or business, you’ll want to put it in your calendar. One way to accomplish this is to put everything in your schedule, starting with the tasks that are not flexible, including spending time with your family, then add the other things around it if you have time left. 

Be Productive 

The schedule is going to help you become more productive. Remember that productivity has nothing to do with being busy. It means that you’re using your time wisely when you are doing something. Avoid multitasking, step-by-step craft schedules, chunk down large projects, and compartmentalize the tasks so you can fit more in.

Change Your Mindset

One issue with taking control of your life is mindset. If your thinking is marred by negative thoughts, it’s going to be hard to work through what you really can do and have control over. Practice positive thinking and remember that you are the one who controls your thoughts. 

As you work toward getting more control over your life, some aspects will take more time than others. It takes time to change your thought process and only happens with acknowledgment and intentional practice. Make it a priority and soon, it’ll be second nature to be in control of your life creating success repeatedly and efficiently.