10 Ways to Quickly Add Time to Your Day

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I think William Penn summed it up the best when he said: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worse.”

Sometimes our life is spinning so quickly we don’t know how we will fit it all in. Soccer practice, piano lessons, book club, homework, orthodontist appointments, debate team, and the list goes on. The crazy thing is, my kids are grown, so my list of things-to-do has changed, but my time is still my most closely monitored commodity.

Productive time management is the combination of intelligent planning, focus, and recognition of your priorities. The great news is how we use our time can be improved.

To help you out, I’ve come up with ten ways you can quickly add time to your day. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed, simply focus on one change at a time to make a massive impact in your life.

1 | Prioritize Your Life, Then Make a To-do List

Do you know what you’re trying to achieve? What are your priorities? What is your Why? You need to figure those out before you start writing a to-do list. Once you know your priorities, you can focus on planning your to-do list accordingly.

2 | Segment Your Time

The most common question I get about this method is “how do I know how long the task will take?” The answer is you get to decide. If you only have 30 minutes to clean out the refrigerator then only take 30 minutes. Studies have shown you will take as much time as you have to complete a task. If there are no time constraints, you will take more time.

If you have a large project, break it down into smaller pieces and use the timer to keep you on track. It is recommended to go in 25-minute increments before taking a break. Play with it and find a system to work best for you.

3 | Eliminate Distractions

I love the new screen time controls on phones. It makes it so much easier to remember — STOP! This is focus time!

All the beeping, vibrating, and dings send our brain in so many different directions. Just remember a focused effort is so much productive than an interrupted or multitasking one.

4 | Eat your Frog First

Whatever it is, just do it! Get it done and move on. You’ll feel better and your day will be brighter.

5 | Morning Routine

Want to learn more about morning routines? Check out my post here about how to become a morning person.

6 | Spend Time Preparing for the Next Day

If you know you have to go to the gym, get the gym clothes out. Prepare lunches, collect homework, pack backpacks — all of the things that might send you scrambling in the morning — try to get them ready the night before. Set time aside for your morning routine to set you up for an awesome day.

7 | Meal Planning

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Once a week I would have a bulk cook-up. For instance, I would cook two Lasagnas and freeze one for later in the month. It doesn’t take a lot more time or effort to double a recipe and save one for later. After a few weeks, you will create a nice supply of ready-made meals waiting for you to simply take out to defrost in the morning and pop in the oven for dinner.

8 | Learn to Say No to the Things You Don’t Want or Love

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” -Michael Altshuler

9 | Use Your Spare Time Wisely

Another way I get my audiobooks or podcasts in is to listen while running errands. We all have what seems to be wasted time while driving. Whether you commute, play the role of mom taxi or are just busy running around, time in the car can be more meaningful when we find ways to be productive. (Bonus: Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to get inspired or learn new skills.)

Here is a great podcast on creating systems for your time.

10 | Learn how to ask for help

Bonus: Reboot Your Focus & Boost Productivity

https://medium.com/mind-cafe/how-to-reboot-your-focus-and-boost-your-productivity-8ecfba50c9be

Takeaways

“Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time,” is like saying I don’t want to.” -Lao Tzu

You can make more time, you just need to know where your priorities lay and work your life around them. Be the person who nails it.

How do you add time to your day?

Originally published at www.choosingwisdom.org

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Author of Creating Positive Habits and Practicing Progress, Lori writes about choices inspiring greater joy and happiness. https://www.choosingwisdom.org/

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