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#6 – LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest (to name a few) can be the biggest time wasters in our days – sit and start to look at any of these and hours can pass without you realising.
If you can, start the habit of setting a timer when you go onto your social media so that you are aware of how much time has passed, and you only allow yourself what you can afford to spend.
A great option is to check your accounts just a couple of times a day. Lunchtime and evening usually work well for most people. But stay clear of first thing in the morning, because you will still be in bed at noon if you’re not careful!
#7 – LOVE LEFTOVERS
One thing that can take time out of the day is preparing food.
Of course, we all have to eat, but we can be savvy about how much time we spend preparing our meals.
Some ideas are as follows: –
- Heat up leftovers from last nights tea for your dinner today
- Cook double and freeze so you have a quick evening meal another day
- Cook a whole chicken and use it over the course of the week in different meals
#8 – EXERCISE SMART
Another daily event in a lot of our lives is exercise, but finding the time to do it can be hard.
My advice for this is two-fold: –
- Be as active as you can in your usual routine – take stairs rather than the lift, walk to work, take a 5 mimnute break each hour to grab a drink and a quick walk etc… Staying active over the course of the day will keep you fitter and help you be more alert so you naturally get more done.
- For exercise routines – try HIIT. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and it basically means you do whatever exercise you are doing as hard as you can for a set time, and then have a short break – then repeat that pattern a few times. It usually means that you can get a really effective exercise routine into 10-30 minutes instead of up to an hour on a traditional routine.
#9 – WATCH TV FASTER
Ideally, to save time we would all stop watching TV completely – but I want to be realistic because TV is a part of most of our lives, and can be a great source of information or gives us the ability to relax at the end of the day.
As such, I want to look at minimising the wasted time with TV as much as possible.
My main tip for this is to record all TV that you want to watch.
This has two main advantages: –
- Firstly, you can skip through all ad breaks so that you can watch programmes much faster
- Secondly, you can choose when to sit and watch things, so you aren’t being run by the TV schedule. Having to be on the sofa at a certain time means possibly waiting around for a few minutes at the start so that you don’t miss anything, or stopping something else so you can go and sit down and watch it (and having to go back and finish what you stopped may take longer because you need to re-acquaint yourself with where you got to).
#10 – HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
How many times do you lose something each day?
How long does it take you to find it (if at all)?
The best way to get back potentially wasted time from losing things is easy – don’t lose them in the first place!
I know, it’s obvious – but it can really save hours each week if you get organised and sort things out once and for all.
If you set up your home so that there is a place for everything, and instil the habit in everyone who lives there to always put things back when they have finished with them, then you will be able to find what you need exactly when you need it, with no time delay or stress.
#11 – LEARN TO SAY NO
Last but by no means least is learning to say no.
Understanding what time you actually have, and what you can really say yes to when people ask, means that you won’t overstretch yourself too much, and you will have enough time in your day for what you need it for.
Saying no to something means you are saying yes to other things that you really want to do instead.
If you can manage to do each of these 11 things, then you will gain a considerable amount of time each and every day – getting you that elusive extra hour – at least!
Good luck, and I’d love to know how you get on!
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