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Jan26

How to Make More Time for You


In order to do everything that you want to do in life, you need to have time. Yet, time is one of those resources that you can’t make more of and that you can never get back. It slips through the fingers like water. If you feel as though life is passing you by and that you do not have any time for yourself, a big reason for that could be you lack proper time management skills. You are certainly not alone here, as this is something affecting a large portion of the population. Even though you can’t make more time, which is an abstract concept anyway, you can do things in your life to give you the perception of having more time to do the things that you really want to do. All it takes is a few changes.

Here are some great tips to help you along your way.

Start Tracking the Time

One of the very best ways to get on top of how you are spending your time is to take a step backwards and think about what you are doing on an average day. Take the time to write down and log how you are spending each day, and be very honest about your findings. If you are spending three hours a day watching television, or you are sitting on the computer and falling down the spiraling Google pit or checking out pictures on Facebook, it becomes easy to see where you are wasting time.

In fact, many people feel a bit shocked when they see just how much time they are wasting on those things. A couple of TV shows a night, and an hour or so on the computer could cost you upwards of twenty wasted hours each week. While it’s true that you might enjoy your time on the computer and with your shows, you have to stop and ask yourself if that is what you really want to do with your time. If you have been lamenting the fact that you do not have enough time to get to the gym, or to spend with friends and family, then it’s time to cut out some TV.

Wasted Time at Work

Once you see the elements that are taking up your time, no matter what they are, it’s time to give up those things that you can. Maybe you don’t need to watch as much TV, or you could cut your computer time in half. This will help you save a substantial amount of time that you can put to better use.

However, those are not the only things that are taking away your time each day. Think about your time at work. How often have you been at work only to have a barrage of people stop by your desk to ask questions or to talk about the big game? While being amicable and sociable at work is always nice, you do have to draw a line, so that you are not spending too much of your day simply talking. If you do, your work and then your projects will surely suffer.

Additionally, work can cause stress, especially when you start to take on too many projects. Those extra projects will often mean that you are giving up more of your time, and this stresses you out further. Sometimes, you need to be honest with yourself, and with your supervisors about getting some extra help, or simply not taking on an additional project.

Create To-Do Lists at Home and Work

Have separate lists of things that you need to do in order of urgency for your home and for work. Having daily lists will give you an idea of how much time you will be spending on different tasks. Make sure that the lists you create are actually doable, and that you do not pack too much into a single day. While it might seem like a good idea, the fact is that when you add too much, it becomes impossible to complete. Multitasking is not a great idea either, at least for most people. It will take away focus from one project and actually could hurt the overall outcome of every project you are trying to multitask. Apply proper focus to each.

Be Ready to Reassess

Once you start tracking your time and you start to add these other changes, you will also want to reassess how you are doing and how much time you have been able to save. By continually tracking your data with a good software program, this should actually be easy to do. This lets you know where you can still make changes, and where you are making progress and becoming more productive.

It’s Partly Mental

To be honest, you have to do more than just have a time tracking program and a few good ideas. You also need to actually want to make these changes in your life so that you can have more time in the day. If you are not willing to make changes and give up some of the habits you have right now, such as binge watching Netflix, then you will not be able to get more time. It’s as simple as that. However, with the right attitude and a willingness to make actual changes, you will find that extra time.

What Will You Do With the Extra Time?

Now that you have some great ways to increase the amount of free time that you have, what will you do with it? You can spend it however you like, but it’s often a good idea to choose something that will somehow benefit you or make your life richer. This means that you should not merely add in more naptime or time to stare out the window. Do something constructive or creative. For example, you could learn how to take great photos, get more time in at the gym, go for a walk with loved ones, or learn a new hobby. The time is yours. Just make sure you use it wisely.

Resource: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/time-management/step-back-second/page2

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    • Happy Diwali 2016 says: 

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