Why Time Management Is Important When You Quit Weed

Back in the day, when I was heavily into smoking marijuana, my focus was on either using weed or recovering from it. It was a simple life. Time wasn’t an issue. However, I grew tired of this bouncing from recovery to relapse. I wasn’t growing as a person. So I decided to learn how to quit marijuana for good. But there was suddenly so much to do, to get my life back on track. Everything was chaotic. I didn’t know how to divide my time, or what to prioritize. I procrastinated a lot. Boredom was setting in with without having cannabis in my life. Quitting had made me kind of mentally confused and stuck in a mental fog with the withdrawals.

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Returning to my smoking habit began to look increasingly attractive till a friend mentioned the issue of time management when you’re quitting weed. He said it was the only way to successfully quit marijuana cold turkey. It was really hard at first, but I must say that learning how to manage my time when I gave up smoking brought me much needed structure and order to my life at a time when I was in chaos due to the terrible withdrawals I was having. Bringing structure into my life helped me quit successfully after many relapses. Of course structure was just one of the many things you do when stop smoking. For a full explanation of how to quit smoking weed our homepage will explain it all. And I grew in directions I never thought I could once I was on the road to recovery from years of smoking marijuana. Here are a few time management skills that helped me through my recovery I’d like to share with you. But remember to always follow what feels best to you.

Itemize Your Tasks For Success

Structure is important in recovery. It gives purpose and direction to your life. When quitting marijuana, a simple starting point would be to list your priority tasks per day. Breaking your time down into days is much easier to handle than looking at the longer term. These would be activities that are crucial to your long-term sobriety. So you might allocate time to sleeping and eating; attending support and counseling meetings; spending times with the important people in your life; exercising and going to work or school. And because recovery from marijuana addiction is about creating a well-rounded person, you’d also slot in leisure and relaxation activities. It’s a good idea to allocate a suitable amount of time to each task. You could also have spare tasks to fall back on if you finish something too quickly. Too much unstructured time is not good when you’re in recovery. Remember when you were smoking cannabis you spent hours watching Netflix and bull-shitting with friends. With too much unstructured time you’ll almost surely want to light up and with the symptoms of withdrawal and the loss of your “friend” you’ll be susceptible to a relapse.

Voila! You’ve got your daily planner. You might like to stick yours on the fridge like I do. That’s one place I can’t miss. From there you monitor your progress, putting a tick against your achievements and a cross against what didn’t work. Just doing this will give you a feeling of accomplishment. Successful recovery is all about feeling strong enough to be successful and just the small act of ticking off your tasks is empowering. I do this every day and it works!

Ease Yourself Into Your Plan

Getting it all down on paper is the easier part. Getting it to work for you, is more challenging. It’s understandable if you allow yourself a period of adjustment. This way you are being realistic about quitting smoking within a given time frame. If you pack in too much, you probably won’t get a lot done and it’ll cause stress and stress can cause a relapse. Give your plan a trial run for a week or so. Track your activities daily. It’s useful to keep a notepad so you can make a note of the necessary adjustments. Where can you add or cut down a task?  To maintain a balanced plan, try not to allocate too much time to one activity at the expense of another and most importantly the tasks should be reasonable—it’s all about baby steps.

Taking little steps at first and then building on them helps you avoid postponing or delaying things to another day. Eventually, you’ll get more and more done. Getting things done will help your marijuana recovery immensely. We all know that stoners don’t get stuff done and that is one of the major reasons we want to quit smoking. When you procrastinate, your plan will continue to be dogged by chaos and indecision and feeling shitty about yourself. Try to make a little progress each day on the things that stress you out the most. I say this because tackling these stressors is crucial to successfully quitting weed cold turkey.

Allow Flexibility For When The Unexpected Happens

It helps if your plan is flexible. We all have those times in our lives when unexpected things happen and remember when the unexpected happens that can cause stress when you’re no longer smoking. So by the end of the week, it may seem that we haven’t made much progress with living without weed. It can be quite frustrating. But life is less stressful when you have a catch-up plan. Perhaps you could make Sunday your catch-up day. That’s when you get to do all the little things you didn’t get done during the week. But try to complete as much of your plan as possible before Sunday. You don’t want to stress yourself out on what should basically be your rest day.

Take a Break When You Need It

Although it’s important to make progress each week with your recovery and life, be sure to slot out some leisure and relaxation activities and give yourself some spontaneous leisure time when you feel stressed. The reason I say this is because your recovery may start to feel like a grind and leisure and relaxation can help avoid this—so long as there isn’t too much of it. If recovery from marijuana starts to feel like a boring grind, you’ll get less and less done until you eventually give up and go back to smoking again. The occasional time out is good for us all. It’s an opportunity to clear our heads, and to reenergize and refocus our recovery. Figuring out how to live without smoking becomes less stressful when you slot in these relaxation sessions. So at strategic times during the day, when things get a little intense, you might like to take a walk. Or you could just sit in the garden and listen to the birds. Alternatively, you could use this quiet space to take deep calming breaths with your eyes closed. Perhaps you’d prefer to go to the gym or watch a comedy instead. The choice is yours. Staying cannabis free is easier when you choose activities you enjoy.

Don’t be tempted to skimp on your sleep and eating tasks either. Both are crucial to learning how to stop smoking weed. You can better manage your time and think clearly with a good night’s rest. Most experts put this down to at least 7 hours of sleep per night. You also have more energy for your tasks when you have healthy food in your belly.

And don’t forget to forgive yourself if you’re not perfect at this!