“I don’t have time” is probably the most commonly used excuse of our generation. In reality, there’s a lot of time we could be using to our advantage instead of binge-watching another season of The Office. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated while giving yourself the necessary time to chill out, too.

Get To Goal Setting

The first step in maximizing your productivity is to figure out what you really want. Set goals and write them down. Be sure to include some relaxation goals, such as meditation or finishing a good book. Having a healthy balance between active, productive goals and calming activities is key to not getting overworked and burnt out.

Organization Is Your Friend

Keeping a clean and tidy house is a major factor in both productivity and relaxation. You’ll have more time to spend on the important things, like your goals, if you keep up with your weekly cleaning and declutter your space. Having less “stuff” to take care of will save you time and help you feel calmer and more collected during your downtime.

Set A Schedule

Planning out your days is important in maximizing time management. This may even require waking up an hour or two earlier than normal throughout the week. While your schedule may take time to get used to, committing to a regular agenda will give your goals the structure they need for them to become a reality.

Keep It Positive

A positive attitude is the biggest motivator for change. If you haven’t quite stuck to a schedule or you feel you’re “failing” at one goal, keep your head up. Find the areas where you have been succeeding and focus on those. As you focus on what you’ve accomplished, set positive affirmations for those areas where you may be slacking.

Take Breaks When Needed

Scientific research has indicated the human brain needs to “unplug” after 90 minutes of work. Make sure you take breaks between your projects to give yourself time to recenter and refocus. Getting burnt out on any activity will only overwork your brain and slow down your productivity at work and at home.