Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Here are 10 tips to help you maximize your time and allow you to have some fun.
We all know the hustle and bustle of life and the constant feeling that there is simply not enough time in a day to get everything done. Fortunately for all of us, there are some things we can do to give us that extra time we need so very much.
1. Get Organized
Organization is paramount to saving time. When your time is organized, it means that you can seamlessly slot things into your day, which then means you can effectively get all the things you need done. Ergo, you can then relax after it’s all finished.
2. Start Early
Get into the routine of waking up early—nothing earlier than 6:00 or 6:30. This should give you about an hour or an hour and half to get an early start on the day. If you’re not a morning person and you’re feeling sluggish, do all the small tasks that don’t require much effort but are time consuming like house chores. Always remember to get 8 hours of sleep though, so either wake up early or sleep late depending on what works for you.
3. Take Breaks
It’s ok to take breaks. I would actually say that it’s necessary to take breaks. If you don’t take a break, you will half-heartily complete a task, which will mean you’ll probably need to re-do it again later. That’s a total waste of time!
So, get it right the first time by taking 20 minutes off every time you start to feel frustrated. Needless to say, don’t take ridiculously long breaks.
Delegating tasks to others can help you free up time to focus on more important tasks. This can help you get more done in less time and improve overall efficiency.
If it isn’t essential that you have to do something yourself, don’t do it. Get you underlings to do it if it’s a work thing. If it’s a house chore, get your partner or kids to help you out. Just like they’ve counted on you in the past, so you should be able to count on them now.
5. Do Things Simultaneously
Instead of doing things one at a time, group things together and do them at the same time. For example, fold the laundry, while listening to a lecture for a class you’re taking. By doing these things together the same time.
6. Do Similar Things Together
When you’re organizing your schedule, make sure to do similar things after each other. This is so that you stay in the right frame of mind and you don’t have to waste time trying to get yourself into gear.
Take a break when you start doing a different kind of task; this way you can get ready for the next task you need to do while simultaneously doing two things at once.
7. Know What Works for You
Don’t try and copy someone else’s regime. Try to find something that works for you via trial and error and maximize your time. When you finally find something that works for you, stick to it. Consistency is key when it comes to time management.
8. Look at Your Habits
Look at all your habits that take up time. That means to take note of the habits that take up small and large portions of your time. For instance, do you walk back and forth about your place when you’re collecting things for a task you want to complete because you keep forgetting something that you need? It’s better to stand still for a minute and recount what you need so that you can get it all your things at once.
9. Don’t Put Off Things
Procrastination is the enemy! I know that wanting to watch the latest episode of ‘whatever’ can be really tempting, but think of it this way: the sooner you start, the sooner you finish and the more time you have to do the things you actually want to do. Think of the glorious binge session you could have then!
9. Eliminate distractions
Minimize distractions such as social media, phone notifications, or unnecessary meetings during work hours. This helps you stay focused on the task at hand, and get more done in less time.
10. Learn to Say No
Sometimes you can overcommit yourself, which happens to the best of us. However, sometimes you just need to learn to say no. If committing to something new means you’re going to have to wake up at 3:00 in the morning to have the time to fit everything into your day, say no. If it’s something important and you have to take it up, then you’re going to have to pick something else you’re committed to and get rid of it. Harsh, but true.
So, have these tips helped you maximize your time? Do you have any tips you’d like to add to the list? Comment below and let us know.