Have you ever looked at your to do list and thought, I need about 2 more hours in my day to get more crossed off my list?
Ok…you may feel like you need more than 2 hours, but imagine what you could do if you had an extra 2 hours in your day!
Strategy is this word I keep hearing all over social media and in tons of online articles. If you want to have the best use of your time, then you must work with a strategy in place.
Strategy sounds like a buzz word, so what does that really mean? It means having a goal, and a plan to meet that goal. Be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve at the end of the day. Set real goals that are attainable and one that will stretch you. Have an overarching goal for the long term that you can work toward. Break that long term goal down into small chunks and daily bite size pieces.
A mompreneur friend of mine started her business in 2014, and she has since grown her business to a staff of 5. I found it really interesting when she told me that after testing her work hours she realized that she could get the same amount of work done in a 20 hour work week as a 40 hour work week! That seems crazy, right?!
What was the difference? Urgency. Once you have a strategy in place work with urgency. Stay focused on your task at hand. Don’t try to multi-task, but rather time-block your work so that you can focus on one task for 30 minutes to an hour. This way you will achieve more in a shorter amount of time.
#3 Be Prepared
When you sit down to work have all the materials you need ready to go during your working time. If you have kids and are taking them to school, activities, etc. be prepared with the things that you need ready to go by the door. This will help save you extra time needed when you are rushing to get kids out the door. Have a place for shoes, keys, backpacks, etc so that you always know where the things you use everyday are and you don’t have to spend extra time looking for your things.
#4 Let others take some responsibility
Find things that others can do to help out with the responsibilities around you. Have your kids help put clothes away, fold laundry, clean out the dishwasher, etc. There are age appropriate chores that kids can do to help out with the family. Sometimes this can be counter-productive at first, but once they get the hang of it you will have extra time on your hands.
#5 Change Your Schedule
Set aside specific time to relax and watch TV, but make a point to go to bed earlier so that you can wake up earlier. Most people tend to be more productive in the early morning hours. This can give you at least an extra hour on it’s own.
Make a point to wake up earlier on the weekends to give yourself more time.
How do you create extra time during the day?