How To Make More Time In Your Day
Time. It always seems to past the fastest when you need it most, but move the slowest when you don’t. How are you making the best use of your time? How can you maximize the amount of hours you have during the day? Here are some tips:
Go to bed earlier
Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Nope! Ensuring that you’ve gotten enough sleep is probably one of the best things you could do for your productivity. So why not make sure that you have by planning to go to bed earlier? Here’s a tip: be strict with your bedtime by allowing no distractions around to keep you up. That means you stop checking those last minute emails, texts, social media, etc. Also, this helps you wake up earlier!
Wake up earlier
Early to bed, early to rise. Of course, what better way to gain more hours in your day than starting your day off a couple hours earlier? Sometimes, starting the day off with just work can make you feel like you don’t have a lot of free time. Counter that notion with an early morning workout! It not only makes you feel like you’ve had some “you” time in the morning, you’ll also be more energized for your day. Another plus, you’ll have gotten your workout in for the day, so you have more time to do what you want after work! Need to go grocery shopping? Why not do it before work in the morning, the grocery store will probably be a lot less crowded. Or maybe you could just read or meditate. Mornings really do set the tone for the rest of your day. Wake up well!
Have a routine, make a schedule
Sometimes, we feel like we have less hours in the day because we spend so much energy finding time to get things done. At some point in the day, you have to do the paperwork, and at another time, you have to pick up the dry cleaning. Make a routine out of your normal work duties and errands. Plan to always clean on Sunday mornings, go to the gym every morning at 6am, walk the dog in the evening. Then, leave a window of time for any extra things you may need to get done that day.
Plan to do nothing
Yup, you read that right! While you should really schedule your everyday routines, also make time to make sure you’re resting. Maybe you have a plan for every day of the week except Saturdays. Maybe you know your day’s schedule until 6pm. Either way, give your mind and body a rest by allowing yourself time to be less tied to a schedule.
Make social time and alone time necessary
Whether you’re constantly running from social event to family event, or you’re couped up in front of the television alone, you need a balance. We feel like we waste the day when we’ve spent time being lazy by ourselves, but we also feel like we’ve expended energy sitting at brunch with friends for hours. Either way, make it a point to prioritize your alone time, and make sure you let yourself let go and enjoy being amongst others. Don’t let either stress you out or make you feel less energized. That surely makes a difference in your productivity, your mood, and your time.