HELP...... I Need More Time
Time appears to be the most valuable resource in the fast-paced world of today. We all have a To Do List that is lengthy, and it frequently seems as though there are not enough hours in the day to complete everything. But what if I told you that you can increase the amount of time you have in your day? In this blog post, we will explore some practical tips to help you reclaim your time and make the most of your day.
1. Identify Your Time wasters
The first step, and it’s a big one, in finding more time in your day is to identify your timewasters. These are the activities that consume your time without adding any real value to your life. Examples of timewasters include social media scrolling, binge-watching TV shows, or even aimless web browsing. Once you have identified your timewasters, you can take steps to reduce or eliminate them from your routine.
Permission to give some tough love? It’s not an issue of not having time, it’s usually an issue of choosing to use your time on something else. If your game, take a look on your phone stats and see how many hours you have spent on social media the past week….ouch! Likewise, maybe you are spending 2-3 hours a day watching TV/Netflix etc. These activities are fine in themselves but, if your serious about getting more productive with your time you can at least cutback on Social Media Scrolling and TV/Netflix and save at least an hour a day and still enjoy those two activities. With this extra hour you could start working out, spend some quality quiet time alone gathering your thoughts, read, start a new course, spend quality time with the family etc. So, in this one point alone, most people can find 1 hour right here!
2. Prioritise Your Tasks
Finding additional time in your day begins with setting priorities for your responsibilities. It enables you to concentrate on the activities that are most crucial and guarantees that you are moving closer to your objectives. Make a list of every activity you have to accomplish in one day and then rank them in order of importance. Try to finish the most crucial chores first; you'll feel more productive and inspired the rest of the day if you do.
3. Learn to Say No
Another crucial step to adding more time to your day is learning to say no. Although many of us feel bad turning down requests, the reality is that we cannot satisfy everyone's needs. You may free up time for the things that matter most by saying no to activities that are not important to you or do not support your goals.
Another aspect to this point is to look at some of the tasks you are doing and if they are what I would call the, $20, $30 or $50 an hour tasks that you could be getting someone else to do, then start delegating them out whether that’s to other staff member or to a third-party service provider. If your time is worth say $100 an hour in your business, then why are you doing these small dollar tasks when you can be getting someone else to do them while you earn 2 or 3 times more then that? Consider online service providers like Fiverr to delegate work to or if you’re doing your accounts book work when you should be generating income for your business, consider getting a bookkeeper to come in once a week or month.
4. Use Technology
If used properly, technology may be a huge time saver. To help you better manage your time, use tools like calendars, scheduling apps, and productivity apps. For instance, you can organise your tasks or ToDo’s on a calendar and set alerts for crucial dates. Additionally, productivity tools can help you focus and block out outside distractions while working. I’ll cover this area in more details in an upcoming blog.
5. Take Breaks
Taking breaks might really help you find more time in your day, despite what can seem paradoxical. By taking little pauses throughout the day, you may stay alert and recharge, which will enable you to work more effectively. Be sure to take pauses away from your work area and engage in enjoyable activities, such going for a quick stroll or reading a book.
In conclusion, it is possible to find extra time in your day, but it does take some discipline and work. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, many a time It’s not an issue of not having time, it’s usually an issue of choosing to use your time on something else. You can reclaim your time and make the most of your day by recognising your time wasters, prioritising your work, learning to say no, utilising technology to your advantage, and taking pauses. Keep in mind that time is a vital resource, and it is up to us to maximise it.
If Time Management, prioritising your time, is something your struggling with then feel free to reach out to me for a chat to see how I can help you overcome this obstacle once and for all. Click here to book a time.