If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, you’re not alone.
At one time or another, everyone struggles through busy periods.
If you need to cram 28 hours into every 24, try these tips:
Get Enough Sleep
If you sleep for less than seven or eight hours of sleep a night, your first task is to increase the amount of sleep you get.
If you think you get by just fine on less, you are almost certainly wrong.
Doctors agree that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Getting less sleep than you need harms your health, wellbeing, and productivity.
Sleep more, and you’ll accomplish more each day, guaranteed.
Identify Your Timewasters
Before you can eliminate timewasters from your day, first, you need to know what they are.
Start by keeping a journal for a few days. Every hour, jot down what you are doing and how you feel.
This step is crucial because it identifies timewasters that are unique to you.
For example, many people find laundry a waste of time, but decluttering guru Marie Kondo finds folding clothing to be relaxing, and relaxation is never a waste of time.
By recording how the tasks you do each day make you feel, it’s easier to create a personalized list of what to drop or change in your day.
Prioritize What Matters
Once you understand how you spend your time and how each activity makes you feel, you can prioritize what you want to do and drop what you don’t. Consider:
- What can you just stop doing? Things to drop include volunteer work that drains you, hobbies you don’t enjoy anymore, or tasks that can be outsourced.
- What can you do more efficiently? For example, if it takes you forever to onboard a client how can you streamline that process? Would investing in new tools or training help you work more efficiently? Would a temporary increase in work (such as switching to new software or cleaning out your closet) simplify your life in the long run?
- What tasks don’t serve their purpose? We only have 24 hours in a day, and it’s important to maximize that time. Every human needs to work, learn, rest, renew, look after our health, and connect with others. If you are doing an activity that doesn’t meet one of those needs, stop. For example, scrolling through the internet might seem like a relaxing activity, but often, it’s simply draining. On the other hand, reading a great book can be truly rewarding.
Implement Your Solutions
Once you have identified areas where you could save time in your day, don’t try to change everything all at once; too much change is a recipe for overwhelm.
Instead, make one or two changes at a time.
After making a few changes, you’ll soon find more time to do those tasks you value.