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Productivity Simplified: Five Ways to Add an Extra 30 Minutes to Your Day

The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:

We often complain, “There isn’t time for {insert activity}” or “I just can find the time to {insert activity}”. Yes, our lives are busy and with everything on our plates, it can be tough to fit everything in.

However, as they say, “where there is a will, there is a way.”

How about I show you not one, or two, but FIVE amazing ways to add an extra 30 minutes to your day. That’s right, a full half an hour for you to read, exercise, snuggle with your kids, or just relax.

Here are 5 simple but effective ways to add an extra 30 minutes to your day:

1. Batch or Group Similar Tasks Together

Start by batching tasks together. Doing similar tasks in a certain time period will prevent you from going back and forth to the same area or doing repeat tasks during the day. For instance, batch checking email, scheduling social networking updates and leaving comments on blog. Similarly, you can batch all your writing jobs into one time slot instead of spreading them across the day. That way, you’ll get in the groove faster, be able to complete tasks quickly and free up time for yourself.

 2. Schedule Time for Distractions

Yes, distractions are big. In my earlier post on 5 ways to find more time, I spoke about driving away distractions and while that does work, let’s face it, we do need our distractions. Really.

As a home manager, mom, wife and entrepreneur, I have my own system of dealing with distractions and scheduling time for my favorite distractions is key.

Instead, of keeping your Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook accounts open at all times, schedule 30 minutes (or any other reasonable amount of time) for them every day.

Once the 30 minutes are up, stay away from them. Yes, it will be tough, but once you keep at it for 21 days (that’s how long it takes to form a habit, according to the experts), you’ll find that it frees up your time, giving you an additional 30 minutes to an hour everyday!

 3. Get Organized

Do you spend time hunting for things when you get down to work, read or do chores? Chances are you’re not as organized as you should be. Schedule time in your day to organize and declutter and at the end of the month, you’ll find that it takes less time to finish activities, leaving you with extra time in your day.

Need help?

Check out my free eBook on organizing or Mandi’s free printables.

 4. Use Waiting Time and Commute Time

Carve out an extra 30 minutes in your day by using the time you spend in the doctor’s clinic, the hold time on the phone, the supermarket cash register queue and any other place where otherwise you’d just sit and do nothing. Use that time to read a book, make your to-do or no-do list, write notes or return a phone call.

5. Use a Timer

Finally, the best way to find an extra 30 minutes in your day is to time yourself. Using a timer is a great way to focus on the task at hand, not get distracted and finish off tasks quickly. Set a timer for 30 minutes and plunge into tidying up a room. You’ll be amazed at how fast you move through the room. Plus, you’ll love the adrenalin rush it will give you. Ask me!

Do you have tips for finding an extra 30 minutes in your day?

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.