Making More Time: 6 Simple Tips That Work For All!Adeshola Ezeokoli
1. Know where your time is going. You need to know where your time is being spent. You have 24 hours a day and you should know how much time you spend doing on all your activities. If need be, write down how much time you spend working, sleeping, watching TV, cooking, etc.
3. Schedule. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done, especially if you live a very busy life. After organizing your life around your priorities you have to schedule those priorities. Get an online calendar or an old fashioned organizer.
5. Set boundaries. Decide what your time will be used for and what it will not be used for. Decide if you are going to go to every single party that happens on the weekend. Decide if you are going to volunteer for every single activity that pops up. Decide what time you’re going to go to bed at night. For example, people know not to call me beyond 10 PM at night. It is not likely that I will be awake. Another example, I have two days out of the year, where I do not leave my house, I do not do any work, I stay in my pajamas, and I order food if I want to eat. Unless there is an emergency, on those two days you cannot get me to attend anything. Those are the days in the US where people love to do barbecues. I do not attend those barbecues, and that is just the way it is. So, set boundaries for what you want to do with your own time.
6. Eliminate time wasting activities. they say that the average woman in the USA watch is 34 hours of TV per week. I do not know who these women are, because most of the women around me hardly watch TV, but if it is to be believed that means, that a lot of women are watching a lot of TV. When it comes to eliminating time wasting activities you need two things: truthfulness, and ruthlessness. You are the only one that can tell yourself the truth about the things that waste your time. Is it social media, TV, long conversations on the phone that don’t go anywhere? When you know what is wasting your time, you need ruthlessness to cut them off. However, using the principle of leveraging the power of incremental change, you can slowly cut down. For example if you already spend five hours a day watching TV, you can decide to reduce two hours. Just like magic, you have bought yourself two extra hours per day. You can now dedicate to those two hours to doing something else that is on your list of priorities, for example exercise, cooking healthy meals, writing a book, starting a business, or engaging with your family.
Think of all the things you could do if you were able to free up more time for yourself!