If you guys are anything like me, there seems not to be enough time in the day to get things done. Even if I was given thirty hours in a day, I still wouldn’t be able to get accomplish everything on my to-do list. Something will always come up and I will end up wanting more time. Time is a precious commodity. Once it’s gone, it cannot be recovered.
The fact is: when you are busy, time flies swiftly. But when you are not, time seems to be at a stand still. Most of our time is taken up with time wasters – a few months ago I referenced this in a video post. Check it out to learn more about how to eliminate these distractions.
But for this post I want to talk about how to maximize the time we have to get more done. As an added bonus I’ve provided a pdf handout of a weekly schedule I used to manage my time at the end of this post- download it and put it to use in your daily life.
On to the good stuff, consider the following 6 strategies as starting points:
- Check your schedule at the start of the day. Review it in its entirety. Pay close attention to portions of your day that may be hectic, and others that may not be too frenzied. Distribute your activities evenly throughout the day.
- Keep a note pad handy so you can keep track of your schedule. It helps to remind you of your tasks and commitments. Note pads and weekly planners help you avoid overlapping of activities. When you do have overlapping activities- choose one that is priority and move the other activity to another day.
- Be creative when planning your time. For example, if you need to do the laundry but at the same time, you also have to rush and buy some office supplies. Perhaps, what you can do is to set your washing machine to do the laundry while you step out to the supplies. Run errands and back home, just in time when the laundry is done. You can even do the cooking at the same time by using a slow cooker. You could pick up the kids from school after running errands. All it takes is scheduling and a little creativity.
- When you have to do a certain task for the first time, it is natural for mistakes to happen. However, a first time task doesn’t have to be a blunder. If there is no clear direction on how things should be done, take time to plan it out before you take action. This saves time, energy, and money.
- Visualize the possible outcome of your objective. Seek out alternatives. Choose the better of two or more alternatives. If there is only one option, do it just the same. Some tasks may appear difficult when you think about it, but not necessarily when put into action. The same thing is true the other way around.
Time is something you could never have enough of. Use your time wisely. Learn to Maximize your time to the fullest.
Don’t forget your bonus gift – Make the job of creating a schedule 50 times faster with a weekly schedule. This weekly schedule will allow you to block out work hours and write in key areas of importance to be done in your life, saving you tons of time and energy. I have include a sample of copy of my schedule and a blank one for you. Download yours free below.