With early recovery come many drastic and radical changes in our lives, ultimately resulting in a life we never thought possible. This transformation, however, usually comes coupled with some difficulties in adjusting. Time management, in particular, is usually a difficult aspect of early recovery.
Here we take a look at some helpful tips for time management for those in early recovery.
Set Realistic Goals
As we begin our journey in early recovery, it is often very tempting to get our lives fully back on track as fast as possible. This can sometimes lead to having unrealistic expectations with work and/or school.
The reality is that we need to set realistic goals for school and/or work if we want to succeed early on.
For example, taking one or two classes early on might slow down our graduation date- but will greatly boost our confidence if we do well and ensure we have time for our recovery.
Finding a meeting routine that works for you
Meeting attendance is a crucial aspect of early recovery. With that said, it can also make time management seem very challenging at first. The reality is, however, the number of different options for meetings makes it possible to work out a routine almost anywhere.
For starters, meetings are typically held each day at various times, such as sunrise, noon, and nights. Meetings are typically held in so many different areas that it is usually possible to find one near school or work if need be. Finally, online meetings are always an option.
Too much free time is a bad thing
While taking things such as school or work slow in early recovery is not always a bad idea, having too much free time certainly is a bad idea. Too much free time often leaves us with negative thoughts filling our minds, such as craving or reflecting on the past.
Boredom is also a very commonly cited trigger for many people in recovery. Thus, it is very important when we work on time management in early recovery to ensure that we do not have too much free time on our hands.
Here are some alternate hobbies you can take part in if you have free time.
Always leave time for hobbies/fun
While the main focus of early sobriety tends to be recovery and work/school, it is crucial to always allot time for hobbies and/or having fun. The reality is, early sobriety can be a difficult time.
Therefore, it is important to ensure that we make time for hobbies or activities that bring us joy.
Recovery comes first
A popular saying in the rooms of recovery is “first things first”, which means sobriety must come first. As we no doubt have proven to ourselves in the past: anything we put before sobriety, we ultimately will lose.
So while it is very tempting in early sobriety to want to tackle the world and fix all our problems, we must always be sure to fix ourselves first and foremost.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783, email us at Admissions@TrueRecovery.com, or visit us online.