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Feb12

13 Ways to Find More Time in Your Day


We all need more time in our busy lives. Between our personal and professional commitments, it’s easy to feel stretched thin. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, consider any of the following tips:

Wake Up Earlier – This is a no brainer. If you need more time, wake up earlier! You’ll probably curse the day the first few times you have an early wake up call, but soon, you’ll grow accustomed to your new schedule and value this extra time in your day.

Give Yourself Wiggle Room – Leave a tiny bit early for everything you have to do. Leave early for work, leave early for appointments and leave early for play dates. That way, you won’t feel stressed out when you hit traffic or other travel complications. In addition, if you arrive early, you can always catch up on reading or emailing using your smartphone.

Silence Your Cell Phone – This should be something you do almost everywhere – not just in movie theaters! Turn your phone off or put it on silent while you’re working or whenever you’ve dedicated time to someone or something else. By taking this simple step, you won’t end up checking your voicemail or wasting time browsing the net when you should be engaged in productive work.

Gather Supplies in Advance – When you’ve gathered everything you’ll need prior to starting a project, you’ll save tons of time that would otherwise be wasted on starting and stopping to locate files or supplies.

Make Lists – List-makers already know this secret: making lists saves you tons of time! Whether at work or at the grocery store, having a list means you have a plan of action that will save you time and minimize the stress of deciding what to do next.

Prioritize – This tip works best in tandem with the idea of making lists. Once you have your list of “to do” items put together, prioritize it. Then, when you’re ready to start working, begin by tackling the most important items. You’ll ultimately save time that would otherwise be wasted on less important tasks.

Know What You Want for Lunch – Knowing what you want for lunch saves you time, as it helps you to avoid the inner monologue of deciding where to grab lunch and what you’ll have once you get there. Many times, these decision processes alone can eat up the bulk of your lunch hour!

Better yet, bring your lunch with you to work. That way, you won’t have to go anywhere and you won’t have to decide on anything – saving you even more time.

Address Your Emails Right Away – Don’t let your email messages sit in your inbox once you’ve opened them. Answer them as soon as you get them, file them away or delete them immediately so that you won’t have to waste time re-opening the same messages later on.

Don’t Stray from Your Routine – Nothing slows your momentum like straying from your carefully planned routine. “Just one click,” you’ll say to yourself – but the next thing you know, you’ve been reading celebrity gossip websites for an hour. Don’t allow yourself to even start to stray – which leads me to my next tip…

Set Times For Entertainment – Perhaps you really need to stay up-to-date on Taylor Swift’s love life. Or maybe you want to watch the newest episodes of your favorite TV shows. That isn’t a problem – as long as you take the time to set up reasonable boundaries. Tell yourself what times of the day you’re allowed entertainment (hopefully not during work!), and then stick to your guns at other times in order to avoid wasting time.

Set Certain Times for Checking Email – Email can be highly addictive, causing otherwise productive workers to sit at their desk, constantly refreshing their browsers looking for new messages. Don’t let this happen to you! Set up a few specific times during which you’ll check your email, but otherwise, close down your accounts and focus on something more productive.

Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate – Some people are so busy that their work couldn’t get done if they didn’t delegate some of this responsibility to others. For this reason, a good rule of thumb that busy people often use is to delegate every third thing. You can adjust this rule to work for your unique needs (being careful to consider what’s appropriate for your situation), but with delegation, you’ll both save yourself time and pass on the stress as well.

Don’t Go Online at Work – If you don’t need to be online for research, don’t go online at all! Remember, one wrong click and you can wind up sucked into a time vortex of cute cat videos, dinner recipes or compulsive Facebook checking.  Avoiding these internet time wasters not only saves you time – it’ll protect your boss from thinking you don’t take your job seriously enough!

With a little effort and some major willpower, you can find the extra time in your day to tackle new personal and professional projects.  If you have any other recommendations on how to save time, share your personal experiences in the comments section below!

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