‘I wish I had more time’ is a statement you’ve heard and said on more than one occasion. Sometimes you wonder if you have the same amount of time in the day with people who seem to achieve much more than you do.
Want to find more time in your day to get everything done? Check out some of the tips below.
Create a To-Do List
So this is one of the most obvious points, but it’s number 1 for a reason. If you’ve tried creating a to-do list before and it hasn’t worked for you, consider giving it another try with a new strategy, such as creating a list on your phone, using a paper calendar, or using a productivity app to help. By writing down your priorities each morning, you can help stay organized and most importantly remain realistic about what you can accomplish each day.
It’s a common misconception that multi-tasking will allow you to get things done faster. While certain tasks can be done at once, such as eating your lunch and watching a training video, but by and large you need to focus on the tasks at hand. If you can do one thing at a time, that will actually maximize your productivity in most situations.
Stick With Priorities
Many workers have a tendency to work in the order of “whatever is easiest” because then it seems like more got done. Well this may be a good time saver in some situations, putting off the inevitable will only stress you out, potentially causing those priorities to suffer in the future because you didn’t budget your time correctly.
Create Your Own Schedule and Let Others Work Around You
Create a schedule of your priorities and be realistic about what you can get done in one day while still leaving time for other important things like exercise and sleep. Create a schedule for your day and make sure that people work around you as opposed to you bending for them.
Break Your TV and Social Media Addictions
So we can’t assume that everyone deals with this, but in today’s fast-paced world these activities are starting to become an addiction and not a de-stressor. Whenever you have a block in your thought, you may turn to social media to “take a break,” when in reality you’re creating bad habits that are becoming a part of your routine. It takes 21 days to break a habit, so try and work hard to make it happen and eliminate these mindless activities. This will allow you to have control over your day and chose which projects and activities will be most beneficial without anything weighing you down.
Put Organization at Home as a Priority
If your life is organized everything you need to do at work will be organized. You may feel like you have a report due next week that simply doesn’t allow you the time to clean out your car, but taking time to get something like your car in order can help you work more efficiently on your work because you’ll have less on your mind.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night
Just like many of the other ideas on this list, this is one that will actually help all of your work get done better and faster than if you skipped sleep altogether, which also means you’ll get more done in the long run (and isn’t that really the point?).