We are all given the same amount of time in a day (24 hours, to be exact). What we choose to do with that time is completely up to us. As a result, some people use their time better than others.
If you are falling behind and think there aren’t enough hours in a day to get all of your work done, then you might have a time management problem, or you might actually be swamped with an endless amount of work. Whether the case, we are here to help.
If you are looking to add more time to your day, we have you covered.
How To Add More Time To Your Day
- Actually Stick To Your Schedule — Don’t Procrastinate
- Plan Everything Out The Night Before
- Eliminate Distractions
- Throw Multitasking Out The Window
- Get A Good Night’s Rest/Take Breaks
Actually Stick To Your Schedule — Don’t Procrastinate
Make a schedule and then actually stick to it — that is perhaps the best advice you could possibly receive when it comes to adding more time to your day. If you don’t make a schedule, then how are you supposed to know how long it will take to finish all of your work? How are you supposed to know how many breaks you are allowed to take?
With a schedule, you know exactly what is on your plate, and it allows you to plan for almost everything. While you are at it, don’t procrastinate. Procrastination is the main reason why we get so behind in the first place.
If you schedule your time out properly, you will have plenty of hours in the day to do the things you love, so fight the temptations and don’t bring procrastination into the mix.
Plan Everything Out The Night Before
You should know what is in store for tomorrow — well, if you plan everything out the night before, that is. By planning everything out the night before, you are preparing your mind, body and soul for the next day.
If you plan everything out the day of, you likely are already putting yourself behind, which results in less hours in the day to do the things you love.
While you are working, turn off your phone, or at least put it on silent so you can’t hear it ringing every 10 minutes. Turn off the TV, don’t get on Facebook and eliminate all distractions in general.
Distractions lead to you procrastinating, and procrastinating leads to you losing valuable time in your day. While you are working, focus on nothing but work — it is really that simple. If you harness this power, you could achieve your goals much faster than expected.
Throw Multitasking Out The Window
Whether you believe in the concept of multitasking or not, you need to throw it out the window for good. Sure, you might be able to do two things at once, but how well are both tasks being accomplished?
Multitasking will likely lead to you not doing your best work. Also, you might not think you spent enough time on one project, or you might think you missed a step or two, which will lead to you going back to that project and looking for errors. This leads to you wasting your time, so think of multitasking as a myth.
Get A Good Night’s Rest/Take Breaks
This should go without saying: You need to get a good night’s rest. If you don’t, then don’t expect to be on top of your game the next day. While the work might be piling up, it is important to go to bed at the same time every day, and to wake up the next morning at the same time. If you follow this practice, then you will be refreshed and ready to go every single morning. If you don’t, then you will likely be a zombie all day, no matter how much coffee you plan on consuming.
At the same time, it is important to take breaks throughout the day, even if those breaks simply consist of you leaving your desk for five minutes or looking away from your screen every now and then. Keeping the mind fresh throughout the day is the key to staying on top of your work (and life).
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