One question that I’m asked frequently is How do you do it all? Lack of TIME is one of my biggest excuses believe it or not. I’m always saying “I don’t have enough time!” I’m sure you can relate since you are reading this post! Below I share how you can get more done and reach your goals by using these 8 ways to find more time in your day.
1. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier
You can accomplish SO MUCH just by setting an alarm clock 30 minutes earlier. I find that I function great on 8 hours of sleep, so if I’m in bed by 10 pm, I can wake up at 6 am to fit in a 25-minute workout (I do these workout programs and this one– which are no more than 30 minutes). If working out is not your thing in the morning then use that time to get some extra work done – respond to emails, plan your schedule for the day, clean a room in your home, fold laundry – use this time to do whatever you normally do in the morning or something that you need to catch up on. You will soon find that after several days of waking up 30 minutes earlier that you have suddenly created more free time during your day.
A close friend of mine recently mentioned that she was having trouble finding time to accomplish her small business goals. I suggested that she wake up 30 minutes earlier and she responded that her 12-month old had not been sleeping well at night which meant that she had less sleep and was tired all the time – so sleep was her number one priority. I get that, in fact, I take the occasional 2-hour nap on the weekend while my little ones are napping. I could accomplish a lot in those 2 hours, but sometimes I am putting 110% of my energy completing daily tasks and my body needs that break. You should always take time to recharge and take care of yourself over the obligation to get more done. If you are not taking care of your health, you are putting yourself at risk for possible illness or burnout which will result in not being able to get ANYTHING done.
2. Use Your Lunch Break to Run Errands
If you work a day job, you probably have 15 minutes breaks throughout the day or 30-60 minutes for a lunch break. If you are like most people, it doesn’t take 60 minutes to eat a small meal 🙂 I bring my lunch to work, which saves time from going to a cafe or restaurant to order food and sometimes I take my lunch with me in the car if I need to run an errand during my lunch break.
I usually eat lunch in my office for 10 minutes and then use the rest of my hour lunch break to take care of errands, work on the blog or sometimes I go to the gym in my office building (which has locker rooms and showers). There is also a bike trail behind my office that I’ve taken long walks on a nice day during my breaks.
I’ve even gone grocery shopping on my lunch breaks! Of course, you need a refrigerator at your work place for perishable items (I have a mini-frig in my office that has space for small items), but non-perishable items I just leave in my car for the remainder of the day.
There is a mall about 6 blocks from my office as well which makes it easy to run in and out if I need to buy/return something. I’ve also fit in a quick manicure on my lunch breaks. There are so many things that you can do during a lunch break which I bet many people just spend surfing the web or gossiping with co-workers.
3. Spend Less Time on Social Media or take a Social Media Vacation
It is essential to be on social media if you have a business, but there are so many apps and programs that “set it and forget it” to post for you as well. I try my best to not be on social media for long periods at a time – otherwise I end up getting sucked into seeing what everyone else is posting and before I know it, 45 minutes has passed. You know exactly what I’m talking about!
If you ever find yourself in this moment, think about something else that you can being doing with that time – write a blog post, follow-up with a client, play a game with your kids, clean a room in your home, fold some laundry, fit in a short workout, stretch, meditate, write in a gratitude journal – whatever it is that you wish you had more time to do, put down your phone and do that instead!
I also recommend taking a 30-day Social Media Vacation. Delete any Social Media Apps from your phone and resist the urge to log online for 30 days. You can tell your followers that you are taking a hiatus but plan to be back with your results of how it went in 30 days. I did this last fall and it was such an eye-opener! I had more time to spend with my kids and to take care of other items and found that I wasn’t really missing anything online!
4. Have a Plan for Your Time and Create Realistic Deadlines
Those that procrastinate never planned their time well or failed to created realistic deadlines. I use my Franklin Covey Planner daily and label urgent tasks to be completed first on my to-do list. If you dedicate the time to complete your urgent task list first (one at a time if possible) then you will not be stuck stressing that those tasks have yet to be completed when the deadline approaches.
5. Develop Routines
Routines may seem annoying or boring – who wants to do the same thing every day, right? Being spontaneous is a thing of the past for most families with young kids – at least in our household – we are rarely spontaneous. Children thrive on routines and the same goes for successful entrepreneurs to stay-at-home-moms. If everyone sticks to a basic routine then everyone knows what to expect and what is expected of them.
6. Keep your Home Organized
This may be easier said than done for some. An organized home means less time looking for lost items or time spent shopping to replace misplaced items. It also means less time cleaning and de-cluttering your home! Take our FREE 3-day course to organize your kitchen for good! Follow my Pinterest board Get Organized for inspiration!
7. Ask For Help
Don’t let your pride stand in the way of delegating household tasks to family members or hiring a helping hand. In the time that it takes me to clean my home from top to bottom (which is 4 hours btw!) I could hire someone to do it for me and get back that lost time. That doesn’t mean that we have a regular cleaning service – we typically only hire cleaners before/after hosting special events in our home. Think about a few tasks that you could hire someone to help you – a mother’s helper, virtual assistant, landscapers, pest control, professional organizers, cleaners, etc, etc. It may not be in your budget to hire someone, in this case, you can ask for services as a gift from loved ones during Christmas, Mother’s Day, Birthdays.
8. Schedule Downtime and Quality Time with Your Family
My daily routine consists of an hour of quality time with the hubby after the kids go to bed and we spend every weekend together as a family. Even if you have weekend activities taking up time in your family schedule (swim practice, soccer/baseball/hockey games, etc, etc), you should still plan at least 1-hour a day of one-on-one time with each member of your family. It may not sound like a lot but giving your undivided attention during that 1-hour will mean the world to your family. I like to schedule mommy-daughter dates with Leela and we go to a coffee shop and have a treat together. Mr. DT and I also have a date night once a month.
The lack of time has been my number one excuse if I’m unable to complete tasks by a set deadline – but with that realization, I’ve been able to make adjustments as needed in order to find more time by following these tips. If you are able to implement some of these suggestions into your every day routine, you will find that you have created more time and will accomplish more. But don’t forget about taking care of yourself – make sure you schedule downtime to relax and recharge!
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