5 Things You Can Do Today to Have More Time

The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:

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Does your schedule feel packed with just about everything under the sun?

Are there just not enough hours in a day for you?

You’re not alone.

Many people feel overworked and drained by the end of a day. But by organizing your schedule and prioritizing your days, you can create more time for yourself.

Let’s take a look at 5 super-simple but uber-effective ways of making more time during a day.

1. Learn to Delegate

I cannot emphasize this enough. It is indeed tempting to try to be super-human and pack as much as you can in a day but the sad truth is that you’ll not get half the things done and those that do get done won’t be up to the mark.

Do you really want to do that?

Instead, delegate tasks that you don’t enjoy so you can focus your energy on activities that you do.

For instance, if house cleaning is not your forte while cooking is, you may want to delegate house cleaning to your partner or swap meals for house cleaning with a neighbor.

You can start delegating today but it does take some getting used to. It is hard to be able to admit that you can’t do everything all the time. Yet when you do start to give up activities that you don’t enjoy for the ones that you do, you’ll feel liberated with more time on your hands.

2. Drop Something

This has been tough for me but it is in fact, quite easy to do.

Dropping something is different from delegating. When you delegate, the job still gets done but by someone else. However, when you drop something, you just stop doing it.

Trust me, there are a few activities in all our lives that can easily be dropped without any guilt or impact. This No-Do List will help you find a few activities to drop or say “No” to.

3. Drive Away Distractions

Distractions are a huge waste of precious time. And you often don’t realize that you’re distracted until its too late.

Some common distractions include:

  • Checking or replying to emails every hour or so
  • Channel surfing on TV
  • Random browsing on the Internet
  • Starting one task only to move on to another, leaving the first one unfinished.

Identify your most common distractions and then do away with them. You’ll have to be vigilant in the beginning and consciously avoid getting sucked into the Distraction Vortex. It will take time and getting used to but good things don’t come easy, do they?

4. Develop a Schedule or a Routine

A day with no schedule is a day with no structure. If you get up and just keep moving from one thing to the other with no idea of what comes next or what needs to be done, it’s more than likely that you’ll end up feeling out-of-control with no time to spare.

Spend 10 minutes a day planning your schedule or routine and you will do more in less time. Reassess your schedule regularly (say, every Sunday) to identify what you’ve achieved and what lies ahead.

5. Do Use Your Time…Wisely

Once you’ve delegated, dropped a few things, driven away distractions and developed a schedule, you do have to use the time you’ve made for yourself, wisely.

The key to being a better time manager is to know your priorities. Therefore, when you have free time, these priorities should be at the top of your list.

Whether its home management, self-improvement, a session at the spa (lovely!), or an extra hour of sleep (even more lovely!), use your freed-up time to do it.

How do you make more time during the day? What helps you do more in the time you have?

Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.