Reclaiming more time in your day

image
Print Friendly

If you feel as though you never have time to really enjoy the things you love doing, it might be time to take a closer look at where all those hours go.

Check out a few of our super tips for reclaiming some time for yourself – no matter how hectic your schedule is.

Think about your priorities

The best way to get started is to think about what you really want out of life. Are you working towards larger goals? Do you find that you’re putting your energies into projects and commitments that don’t meet those goals? Are you prioritising the things you really should be – whether that’s family, work or personal growth? Take a long, hard look at the things that fill your days now and decide whether they are contributing to your future goals and happiness. If not, it’s time to cut back. 

Create realistic to-so lists

To-do lists are an excellent way of organising your tasks and can bring with them a great sense of accomplishment, but there’s no point setting yourself an unrealistic number of challenges. It’s fine to create one huge list of everything you need to do, but be sure to portion it off into smaller chunks so that you don’t become discouraged. Ideally, you want no more than five tasks to complete in a day and do prioritise your tasks, with the most important ones that the top.

Discover how well you work during the day

The best way to be efficient with your time is to take a step back and find out which parts of the day are most productive for you. This varies widely from person to person – do you function best the morning? Is mid afternoon your prime time? Find out and build your days around the results, a task that might take you 10 minutes before your morning coffee might stretch into an hour long slog if you leave it until after dinner if you’re a morning person, so this can be an excellent way to save yourself some time.

Develop routines and cut procrastination out 

Use your new found knowledge to help you create routines that will cut down on wasted time and give you a natural rhythm to follow on a day by day basis. Not only will you be able to hone your efficiency and shave minutes off familiar tasks, you’re less likely to be stressed out too. Another time-sink you need to deal with is procrastination. Spend a few minutes getting yourself into the right mind-set before starting a task – and think about the rewards for completing it – and squash those urges to procrastinate and snatch back time for the things you love.

How would you spend your reclaimed time?

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfers Features Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Features Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Lifestyle

7 Clever uses for VapoRub
For many, the powerful smell of eucalyptus in Vicks VapoRub brings back memories of childhood and...
Driving in winter weather Car drivers view through the vehicle windscreen whilst driving o
From heavy rain to snow and ice, winter can throw up some perilous driving conditions. Dark...
10 clever uses for baby powder Spilled Baby Powder
Cheap, cheerful and a staple of every nursery, baby powder can do so much more than ward off...
Clever uses for coconut oil Coconut with coconut oil in jar on wooden background
Coconut oil is having something of a moment – the once obscure ingredient has become a popular...
10 clever uses for binder clips Two Metal Paper Binder Clips
If you have binder clips in your office gathering dust, put them to good use – today we’re...
Embrace Hygge this winter Cosy and soft winter background
The Danish art of cosiness has landed on British shores - but what exactly is "Hygge", and how do...
10 clever uses for window spray Cleaning Cleaner Window Housework Women Dusting Glass
Whether you know it as Windolene, Windex or just window spray, the multipurpose blue cleaner...
10 Clever Uses for Lemons Glass Of Lemon Juice With Lemons
Bright, zesty and fragrant, lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits - but if you just use...
10 clever uses for silica gel bags silica gel balls lay in package white paper
Next time you find a sachet of silica gel in a handbag or in a box of new shoes, don't throw it...
Set your New Year's Resolutions in September Happy winners reaching life goal - success people at summit. Bus
Our school days might be long behind us, but there's still something to be said about the fresh...
Planning your first tattoo Close Up Of Woman Sitting In Chair Having Tattoo
You're never too old to get a tattoo - Dame Judi Dench inked her first for her 81st birthday!  ...
Beat the heat without AC: tips to stay comfortable at night Cooling Summer Fan
While there's many wonderful things to love about summer, the restless nights aren't one of them ...