Do you feel as though you are running around like crazy, you feel as though you are being pulled in all directions, and don’t know where to turn next? This is not an uncommon feeling and is a sign that you need to discover ways to free up time in your busy schedule. When you have achieved a work – life balance you will be enjoying life every day. You can handle pretty much anything that life throws at you, you are happy and content with the person that you are. To find time in your schedule you need to try and find a way to remove unnecessary things. Your goal should be to live a much simpler life. To achieve this try and make a list of all the things that are important to you. Then narrow this list down again and have just two or three main priorities in your life. Just doing this removes a ton of stress and gives you more time. For example you may be trying to juggle work, studying for a degree after work and saving for a new home, as well as spending time with your family. If you are feeling overwhelmed with all of this is there something that you can put on the back burner for a while? Is studying for your degree just an interest or a way to get that new home? If it is only for your pleasure can you spend less time on it or put it off for a year. This would free up your time to focus on saving for your home or having more family time. Once you can limit some of your activities you will find that having more free time makes you feel happier and more relaxed. You automatically feel less stressed because you can envision getting home and playing with your children before they go to bed. Sometimes it can definitely be difficult to cut things out of your schedule. If your work hours are getting longer and longer, take a look at what you do all day. Actually write out a calendar and allocate times to everything you do. Say you work from 8am to 4pm – write down everything you do for a couple of days. This way you can see any patterns emerging. At the end of the day you can tally up how much time you spend on certain projects and how much time you spend on emails. You may be surprised at what you discover. Then see what you can cut back on so you can leave work at the right time each day.