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life lessons: 10 ways to create MORE TIME in your DAY

Nikki Yazxhi


Well, if you schedule your week in advance, pay attention to how you spend your time and delegate, you can create more time for the person who needs it most: YOU.

Here’s the how-to-get-it-happening:

1. Use your commute time. This can be a great time to do a mindfulness meditation practice: use the time you spend to get to work to simply hear, feel and notice the details around you. You could also use this time to plan out your day, make a phone call {if you’re not driving}, or listen to a book.

2. Plan your week in advance and cut out any meetings, appointments, calls, tasks or events that are not absolutely necessary. {Remember, if your RSVP is not an enthusiastic “oh yeah!” then make it a confident, but polite, “No thank you!”}

3. Circle any tasks on your to do list that you can delegate. {And then do it!} Sometimes, it just feels easier to do things ourselves. But if you can get in the habit of asking other people {colleagues, partners, kids, etc.} to lighten your load where possible, you will be thankful you did.

4. Keep a time diary to figure out how you are spending your time. Do you spend an unnecessary 90 minutes a day checking Facebook, Twitter, or your email? Your laptop, smartphone, or computer can suck you in and swallow you whole for an hour before it spits you back out and you realise that you even left. Spend one day writing down how you spend your time; it might surprise you.

5. Check your email at designated times each day. You’ll save a tremendous amount of time if you check your email four times a day, or even every hour instead of every 15 minutes. Ask yourself: How often do I really need to check and respond to email?

6. Consolidate your errands. Write down the to-do’s that you usually complete each week {chemist, grocery, dry cleaners, bank, etc} and make a schedule that saves time. Complete all of your errands on one day, or make Monday the “close to work” errands and Tuesday the “close to home” errands.

7. Cut down on a bit of your TV time. Pay attention to how much time you spend watching TV each week. Do you really need to log in fourteen hours a week in front of the tube? Cutting out even just a little of that time can free up extra hours for reading, relaxing, exercising, spending time with friends or family, or just doing nothing.

8. Eliminate unnecessary social media time. Again, write it down and keep track. How much time do you spend every day on social media? Is that really necessary? Try to stop checking Facebook every day, which is usually just out of habit. Do you feel like you’re am missing something? Nope. Do you have more time do other things? Absolutely.

9. Teach your kids to help out with household chores. Try this strategy, the trash bag trick: Every couple of days,  take a big plastic trash bag and tell your kids that whatever toys are left on the floor are going in the We’re Giving This Away Bag. They clean up pretty quickly.

10. Wake up early to read the paper in peace, exercise, or meditate. This tip works really well for a lot of people, but not everyone. If you can get yourself out of bed early, the time is all yours!

+ here’s how to break those bad habits

{Source: Apartment Therapy / Pic: Pinterest}


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