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Overextended? 13 Signs You Need a Break

Posted: 11/02/11 03:11 PM ET

There's busy.

Then there's too busy.

Busy is running from one appointment to the next. Too busy is running over someone on your way to the next appointment (physically, vehicularly, whatever). Busy is leaving your cell phone behind at the grocery store. Too busy is leaving your kid behind at the grocery store.

And then there's the biggest of all ironies -- we want to cut back, but frankly, we just don't have the time to figure out how to do it.

Sound familiar? Well, we're here to do an intervention -- a time intervention. Today, we'll help you figure out if your life is starting to burst at the seams when it comes to your time. If it is, you need a wake-up call to reset priorities, because there is no shakier foundation for healthy, balanced living (and healthy, balanced money management) than not having the space and breathing room that time provides in our lives.

If you've crossed over the line into too busy, you'll need to reset your foundation: Maybe it means taking a day off from work to reassess your life priorities. Maybe it means evaluating what your time is worth and outsourcing chores like housekeeping or laundry. Maybe it means taking a break from social engagements for a little while to focus on building the right foundation.

Here are 13 signs that you might need a time overhaul in your life--and easy tips on how to get started, today.

PHOTOS: 13 Signs You're Too Busy

You Spend A Good Amount Of Time Worrying About Your Time
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If your time is preoccupied with, well, your time, you might be: endlessly cycling through your to-do list in your head, spending an excessive amount of time arranging and rearranging your schedule or wishing constantly throughout the day that you had more time.

If you've worried about your schedule or wished you had more time more than five times a day, you need a break from time itself as a stressor in your life.

Try this:
Take a mental break. Remove one thing from your schedule for today that is the least important -- it might be putting off doing the laundry or postponing a work call. Spend that time instead totally luxuriating in something in the present moment (like eating some chocolate or listening to your favorite song) and not thinking about your schedule, or future plans, at all.
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This post was originally published on Learnvest.

 

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