Have you noticed yourself looking up at the clock lately and realizing the time is suddenly 8:00 p.m.? Where did the day go? And how is it possible that you’re feeling productive and like you accomplished nothing simultaneously?
Time is one of those things that you can simply never get enough of. And if your life is busy, it seems like you’re always chasing time rather than enjoying it. Luckily, there are some ways you can create more time in your life. Here are some of our methods!
Figure out what’s most important to you. Are there things that you’re doing daily that you can drop from your schedule? For example, do you really need to scroll through social media for 3 hours at night? Some things are fun and necessary for our wellbeing like lunch dates with friends, workout classes, and so on. But the truth is, there are other things that we’re just wasting our time doing. It’s important to be able to recognize the difference!
Here are some tips on getting your priorities straight:
- Ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing everyday aligning with my values?”
- Think before you commit to things (e.g., “Do I really have time for this?”).
- Delegate tasks to others when you can.
- Get rid of distractions.
Prioritizing the important things in your life may seem like a complicated process, but really, it’s very simple. Decide what’s most important to you and focus your attention in that direction.
Organize, organize, organize.
This is the most important tip we can give you! If you want to have more time in your day, plan it out from beginning to end! Buying a planner is a great way to get your life together (and these ones are fully customizable from the inside out!). But maybe you’re not into the idea of a physical planner, and you want to save some trees. That’s what makes digital options such a good alternative!
Now that you’ve got your planner situation figured out, it’s time to start using it. Seems simple enough, right? Maybe … but did you know that there are ways you can use your planner more effectively? Check out this article to learn more!
Get an early start.
Waking up early: It’s simultaneously the easiest and hardest way to create more time in your day. On the one hand, you have extra hours to get tasks done! On the other hand, you’re faced with the obstacle of getting yourself out of bed when all you want to do is sleep. For a while, you may feel like you’re playing a constant game of tug-of-war with yourself. But we promise, it will get easier as your body adjusts to your new wake-up call (as long as you go to bed at a reasonable time!).
If you’re not an early riser, we have some good news! There are a few things you can do to trick yourself into greeting the day early:
- Get prepared! If you’re going for an early-morning workout, lay out your workout clothes and pre-workout drink the night before.
- If you’re going to get some work done before the sun comes up, be sure your computer is plugged in and ready to go!
- Try to get up just 1 minute earlier each day. It seems simple, but it will make an enormous different eventually.
- Do you have a friend who wakes up at the crack of dawn each day? Have them give you a call to make sure you’re awake, or plan to meet up for a workout. It’s harder to bail when you know you have someone counting on you!
Sometimes getting up in the morning can feel like the hardest thing in the world. And don’t get us wrong, there are times when your body simply needs to sleep for longer. However, if you can rewire your brain to live for those early mornings rather than late nights, you’ll be surprised at how much more you have time for!
Making the most of your 24 hours per day comes down to two things: focus and desire. If you want more time, you must be willing to make the time.
You know what else is beneficial to your life? Creating a strong inner circle. Read our blog post here to learn how to do it!