I don’t think there’s a person among us who would not like to have more time. No matter how much we have accomplished and how well we feel we’ve used the hours in our day, there is always the feeling that we could have done more. As we grow older, that sense of not having enough time seems to grow and we begin to look at areas in our lives we wish we could spend more time on. Some people retire just so they have more time to spend with family. However, if you learn a few time management techniques, you might find that you have found time in your day you never knew was there before. Here are a few tips for making the most of the time you have.
Have a plan.
As with many such concepts, planning ahead is always a good first step. Making a plan of attack for the day sets you out on the right track of using every moment you have to accomplish those things that are of top priority without wasting your time with things that can wait until later. Ironically, most people don’t do this for their daily routine as they see it as unnecessarily taking up valuable time. You would be surprised, however, at how effective thig can be in having a productive day.
Don’t sit around waiting.
There are usually a few very significant moments in your day, be it meetings, events, conversations and so worth. But the majority of the day is filled with the time in between those moments. If you could identify how much time you spend each day waiting for the next big thing, you’d kick yourself. Use those waiting moments productively. Fill them with whatever you can get done in the smaller moments. Make the most of your mornings instead of just killing time before you have to leave for work. These little adjustments can add hours to your day.
Find family time wherever you can.
One of the most common things that comes up when speaking of not having enough time is family. Professionals feel as though their job is taking them away from the time they could and should be spending time with their family. It is a real conflict but sometimes people just have to look at the time you have in front of you. In the struggle of work and family, work is the immovable object where family can occur anywhere and anytime. Steal those family moments whenever you can and make more opportunities for them to present themselves.
Don’t neglect sleep.
Of course, when some people consider how they can make more time in the day, they think the obvious solution is to make their days longer. They go to bed late and get up early and think they suddenly have hours more time on their hands. In reality, this approach is likely to do more harm than good. People need sleep, especially as we age. Depriving yourself of sleep drains your energy, so although you may be awake more hours in the day, you’ll be less productive than if you just got a good night’s sleep. Even a short nap is advisable as it helps you stay sharp for the rest of the day.
Focus on the work at hand.
Staying focused is a big part of staying productive and using your time wisely. It’s all too easy to become distracted when you’re bouncing around from task to task. That’s why a daily plan is so helpful. It gives you a chance to consider what needs to get done in that particular day, so you know what to focus on and you know what distractions to avoid. If you remain focused on the essential work only, your productivity will be excellent.
What is the point of having more time in your day if you’re in poor health? No matter what is going on in our lives, taking care of ourselves and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you should focus on (if not the most important). And good health leads to more time. Just like with getting a good sleep, if we eat right, exercise regularly and cut out those bad habits, we will be able to accomplish more in a day, as well as have more days in our lives.