Every one of us has sighed one time or another that there simply isn’t enough time in a day to do all that you want to do. Even I have trouble finding more time, even with working from my home and all.
Here are a couple of simple steps to get more out of the 24 hours you have each day.
Step 1 – Be aware
Awareness is the first step towards change. Be aware of what keeps you from using the hours in your day optimally. For instance, be aware of:
* your inner clock Have more energy in the mornings usually? Get up earlier! You can do way more things in a day when you use your energy peaks this way.
- your timesinks
- (Want to watch one show, and stick around for two more? Want to spend half an hour behind your computer, and in stead realize that two hours passed and you never noticed? Use a timer (doesn’t need to be a physical one, there are a lot of freeware programs for all operating systems) for your timesinks, and force yourself to get up the moment the timer rings.)
- Is your mind racing, playing an endless list of things you need to do, making you tired the moment you are getting up? Keep a notepad with you at all times, and just jot down anything that pops up, you can make sense of it later. I like to sit down at my computer and enter those in my to do list on remember the milk.
Step 2 – Define your priorities
Sit down and write down a list of five aspects of your life that are most important to you. Every time you don’t spend time on any of those priorities, remind yourself that you don’t have all the time in the world to spend on it, your priorities are elsewhere. For instance, if watching three tv shows isn’t on your list, watch one instead, and then go work on something else.
Step 3 – Simplify your tasks
Stop yourself before you go out and do what you need to do on a day. You can get more time for other things if you make lists of things you need to do and then group them. For instance:
- Only run errands once or twice a week instead of every day, write down what needs to be done, and then do it when you have your errant time scheduled.
- Group all the calls you have to, or emails you have to write, make during the day, and sit down behind your phone or computer once or twice a day, and do what is on your list. Promise yourself you will stay away from the phone and email unless really important.
- Ask yourself with every task you put on your list: does this serve me, my family or the priorities I have set for myself? If not wonder why it is on there?