Do you ever wish there were more hours in the day? Do you feel like there are so many more things you would like to achieve but you just don’t seem to have sufficient time? Here are 5 top tips to help you create more time in your day, to carry out your desired activities:
1) Get up earlier
Depending on your current routine, you may be able to find some extra time in the morning before you go to work or start your day. If you get up 45 minutes earlier, that’s an additional 45 minutes to partake in something important to you. There are so many things you could do with this new found time. Getting up earlier, only works if you get enough sleep though. That means you may need to look at what time you go to bed. Or it might be getting up as soon as the alarm goes off rather than snoozing for 45 minutes. You can then create a meaningful morning routine that works for you.
2) Reduce time spent watching TV
I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have complained that they just haven’t got enough time to do all the important tasks that they want to carry out, but with further investigation they admit they watch 3 or more hours of TV each night. It’s one thing if you are watching specific programmes that you love and you want to spend your time on this, but if you are aimlessly flicking through the channels watching programmes you are are not even particularly interested in, you could consider replacing some of that time with activities that are more important to you and that you will feel more satisfied carrying out. If you reduce time watching TV, you might find that you feel you have a lot more time to carry out things that were taking second priority.
3) Stop procrastinating
If you procrastinate, you will often find that this is a huge time waster. There are loads of triggers that can highlight to you that you might be wasting time procrastinating:
– You don’t start something now as you have to be somewhere in an hour, so you waste that hour, waiting until you have to leave
– You have something important that you need to complete but you don’t want to, so you surf the internet putting it off for a later ‘more appropriate’ time
– Needing time to psychologically prepare for something that you could just take immediate action on
– Checking your e-mails for 10 minutes before starting a task, then 90 minutes later realising you are still checking them
If any of these are familiar to you or you carry out other procrastination behaviours, be conscious of them and look for strategies to help you stop wasting time procrastinating.
4) Eliminate ‘dead time’
There may be time in your day that you write off as you have already occupied it with something else, but you have missed an opportunity to fill that time with something useful. A classic example of this is your commute to work. There are so many things you can do on your commute depending on how long it is and what mode of transport you use. You can potentially listen to an audio book, you can possibly read, write, learn a language, meditate, study etc. Whatever your commute consists of there should be something you can do, to use the time productively.
You can start utilising a lunch break more effectively. It’s really refreshing stopping work for at least 30 minutes, maybe you could fill it with another activity you have been neglecting or not finding time for.
I’ve even found that I was neglecting reading and I have started to listen to audio books when I am exercising, so I really feel like I am multi tasking. If you have a kindle app, you can read a few pages of your latest book whilst you are queuing up for something. I carry my notepad around, so if I have some spare time, I take it out and start writing. Any time that you seem to spend waiting or you are wasting, you can identify opportunities to fill it with something more productive.
5) Reducing alcohol intake
One of the things that I have found is that drinking alcohol reduces the time I have available to be productive. If I drink, I don’t tend to sleep as well as usual, then I am tired the following day, I can’t get up as early, my morning routine is impacted, then I am less productive during the day and I can’t motivate myself to participate in anything I had originally planned.
I find a direct correlation with being more productive and drinking less alcohol. So if you want a super productive day, it might be best to avoid alcohol the night before.
I’d love to hear any tips you have for finding more time in the day in the comments below.