One problem that seems to affect everyone’s life is time management. Most people never get enough time to complete their day-to-day tasks. Whether you work from home, a stay-at-home parent, or work outside your home, you would benefit from an additional few hours in your day. Here are five ways that you can add more time to your day.
Get More Organized
The first thing you should do to improve your time management skills and add a few hours to your day is by first getting organized. How much time do you spend looking for things, papers, supplies, and phone numbers on your desktop? To get more organized, remember to:
- Start your day by using the first 15 minutes to ensure your work area is well-organized.
- Check your “To Do” list and make sure that all the things you want to accomplish are organized.
Remove Time-Consuming Activities
The second step to creating more time in your day is to reclaim time that you spend doing some activities. These activities could either be work-related or leisure activities. To begin with, review the time you use:
Watching television: If you want to add more time to your day, ensure that you cut down the time you spend watching TV to just a few shows that you enjoy watching.
Games: While games can enhance creativity, they can be addictive and great time wasters. Therefore, if you want to get more time, you may want to consider cutting back on the time you spend gaming.
Internet: Another great time consumer after television is the internet. Therefore, you may want to go on an internet diet and half your usage for two weeks. It may be difficult at first, but eventually, you will see the results of this sacrifice.
Complete Chores as You Go
Beyond hiring a house help, there are simple ways that you can reduce the time you spend on your chores. For instance, you can keep things always tidy, have an organizing system, and order food ahead of time on a mobile ordering app instead of waiting in long lines.
Start your Day Early
What time do you wake up? If you’re not a morning person, then the idea of getting up at 5:00 in the morning can make you flinch. However, one good way to create more time is to start your day early and get more work done. You will find yourself finishing work earlier, which will help you get more work done in less time. If you’re unable to get up early in the morning, you could set your alarm in earlier increments. Keep in mind that you don’t have to wake up at 5:00 a.m.; the goal is to get up earlier. Therefore, if you get up at 9:00 a.m., you could start by waking up at 7:00 a.m.
While you may want to do things much faster, you should slow down and ensure that you’re doing the right thing. Continuously measure and know the value of all your activities. Then, for those that don’t add much value, you should find ways to simplify them or eliminate them.
By following the above simple tips, you will add a few more hours to your day to get more work done and enjoy time with your friends and loved ones.