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?