Finding More Time in the Day
Have you ever said, “Where did the day go, I didn’t get anything done?” Here are 8 tips on how to get more done in a day and maybe you can push that snooze button one more time.
- When you can, multitask to save time. For instance, put in a batch of wash while you cook breakfast or read to a child. Have a cake baking in the oven while you write a letter. When multitasking, do things that don’t take all your attention at the same time like talking to someone on the phone and trying to write a report.
- Write a “to do” list every night of what you want to do the next day.
- >Set a limit on how much time you will search the web (set a timer) or watch television.
- If you are in charge of a meeting whether at school, work or church, start and stop on time.
- Learn to say no. You are the best person to know what you can and cannot do in a day.
- >Get the amount of hours of sleep every night that your body needs.
- Get organized and keep organized.
- Delegate tasks to others at home and at work.
When doing errands write a list and write numbers by them in the order you will do them, this will save time as you won’t be going from one end of town to the other and back again.
This way you have started to organize your day before you are in the thick of things and you can’t even remember what you wanted to do. Structure your day so you can do the things that take the most energy when you are most productive. For morning people, you’ll get a lot done in the morning, for evening people, your most productive will be at night.
Watching television can be a time to multitask by folding clothes or working on a craft project so you are doing two things you want or need to do at the same time. Take control of your time; setting a timer can help you do this.
People will soon realize they will miss out if they are late, as you will have a reputation of starting on time. Have an agenda for the meeting and stick to it. This gives structure so the objectives are met and with everyone knowing the goals the meeting is more efficient.
By not over extending yourself you will get more done and will be much happier. This is critical in taking control of your time.
If you are getting up tired you may not be getting enough sleep, only you can determine this. Being rested helps you to be more effective by preventing errors and having to do something over which will cost you more time. Also you’ll have more energy so you can get more done.
By clearing clutter you will save time by not having to search for things you need. It also eliminates the stress of needing to purchase something you can’t find and getting late fees at the library or movie rentals.
You don’t have to do everything yourself.
Now that you have more hours in the day to do what you want to do, are you going to sleep in or are you so energized you can take on a new task, spend more time with your family or have some quiet time for yourself? The choice is yours!
Marilyn is a professional organizer who works with women in their homes and offices. Visit her Web site http://www.marilynbohn.com, where she teaches you to get rid of clutter by using her Lights On Organizing System.
She provides practical information on how to declutter your home, office and life. She is the author of a book called Go Organize! Conquer clutter in three simple steps, which will be in major bookstores in December 2009.
Next Savvy Smarts article, Marilyn will talk about de-cluttering your life.