Do you have any spare time? If you’re like most caregivers, you’ve probably forgotten what those words mean when they’re used together. You might be able to free up a few minutes here and there through your week that can give you actual hours of your own.
Write it All Down
If you’re relying more on your memory than anything else, that’s probably started to get a little frustrating for you. Your memory doesn’t store as much as you might hope, especially when you’re overwhelmed and super busy. Keep a notebook with you so that you can start writing things down as soon as they occur to you. Your “on the go” notebook doesn’t have to be fancy, either. It might just be the place where you capture information so you can process it later in another way.
Get Better at Delegating
Part of why you’re so overwhelmed is that you’re still trying to do everything on your own. Learning how to delegate is not an easy skill, but it’s one that will serve you well, especially as a caregiver. It will also free up an incredible amount of your time. If you think you don’t have anyone you can delegate anything to, it might be time to bring in elder care providers. They can handle just about anything you and your senior need help managing.
What Can You Make Happen Automatically?
So much of life these days can be far more automated than most people allow. There are some things that you don’t want to automate for good reason, like a bill that is likely to fluctuate from month to month. But other things, like your senior’s prescription refills, might be a great candidate for automation. These become tasks that you don’t have to think about because they happen when you need them to happen. Take a look at what else you can automate and give it a try.
Are You Using Technology to the Fullest Extent Possible?
Along with automation, you might find that there’s more technology that can help you create a little margin for yourself, too. Online calendars travel everywhere with you and they can sync with family members, friends, and anyone else who needs access to that information. There are a million other ways that you might be able to use technology, too, so it’s a good idea to explore some.
When you do start freeing up some more of your time, make sure that you’re spending at least a little bit of that extra time doing things just for you.
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