We all want more time to get things done. There’s a quote on my wall – “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per that that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelango, Mother Teresa, DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson and Einstein.”
True, but they didn’t have smart phones, texting, email, the internet, social media, TV and the other distractions that make us feel stressed and that we don’t have time.
What can we do to add a more time in our day?
Cut how much time you spend online, reading emails and watching TV.
Television; it’s my kryptonite and a time waster. Remember – DVR is your friend. Only watch shows that you can sail through the commercials. You’ll save 20 minutes for a 1 hour how. Limit binge watching.
Internet – between online shopping, social media and watching videos you can be online for hours and lose track of time. It’s impossible to cut your online time completely but you can cut 20%. You’ll still get to do what you like and give yourself more time as well.
Emails – turn off pop up telling you have a new message and set up key times to check your inbox during the day.
You will be surprised how much more time you’ll have by limiting these time wasters, even though they might be fun.
Just say no
Learning to say no is hard. We all want to help, be there for people, be part of that committee. Think before saying yes. Be picky and protect your time. Learn to say no.
Go to bed
Seems weird but getting a little more sleep, can actually give you more time. Being well rested makes you more efficient and better able to handle things. See my July blog post on sleep. So if usually go to bed at midnight, try going to bed at 11:15 or 11:30.
Your most productive time
Figure out what time of the day that you’re running on all cylinders and getting the most done. I’m a morning person and so I do the hardest tasks in the morning. Once you know your most productive time, you’ll get more done.
Time is valuable and chores like cleaning takes a lot of it. I hate cleaning. So I bit the bullet and got a cleaning lady who comes in twice a month. Get help. It’s okay not to do everything.
Do one thing at a time
Multi-tasking is a scam. Your brain hates it and you don’t get more done. Do one thing and finish it! Stop trying to do two or three things at the same time, you wind up not finishing or doing substandard work.
Reclaiming even an hour a day will give you more time for something you want to do. And that would be wonderful. Try these tips and see how much time you can find.