One of the most common things I hear people say stops them from achieving what they really want is they never seem to have enough time in the day.
As a mum with an Online Business and a part time job I can totally relate to this, however there is the same amount of hours in each and every day for each and every one of us.
So how do some people seem to achieve more in the time they have available to them?
They use their time effectively. They understand that time is a valuable resource that is to be used to their best advantage.
We know we can’t alter the amount of time we have, what we can do is alter the way we use that time.
Getting the most out of every day is a pretty hot topic so I’ve covered other helpful tips in my previous articles End Procrastination in Just 2 Minutes! and Essential Weekly Planning Tips for Success. Just recently I came across another extremely useful tool that I think you’ll find helpful too.
Create a Task Log. I’ve attached one here for you to download: Daily Task Log. It is sooo simple and easy to use and will give you the low down on how you are truly spending your time.
Quite simply this is a sheet with the hours of the day down the left hand column. Next to that you enter in each and every task or activity that you do during each and every hour of the day.
The key to this is you need to be completely honest and accurate in your recording and you must complete it as you go through your day. If you leave it til the end of the day and try to fill in the details from memory your mind will do a wonderful job of giving you a recount of the day that will help you feel good about yourself rather than recall an accurate account about what you did during each hour.
Although this may seem like a bit of a chore to start, you need to do it for at least one full day and for an even better scope of information, do it for a few days. When you look at the end goal being you achieve more of what you want out of the time you have available, it’s well worth the little effort it requires to put in.
At the end of the day you can go through your log and calculate just how much time you spent on each activity. You can then categorize each activity as being productive, necessary or perhaps you find a few hours have just been wasted.
Have a good honest look at how much time you spend checking emails and social media. Sending text messages and chatting with friends. Are you watching way more TV than you’d like to admit to?
When you have your results right there in front of you it makes you aware of how you could better utilise your time. You don’t have to cut enjoyable activities out altogether, just be mindful of the time you do spend and give yourself limits.
If you find it difficult to keep track of the time, set yourself a timer with an alarm on your phone to remind you when you need to stop and move on to the next thing.
Allocate set blocks of time to each activity and stick to it. Prioritize what it is you need to get done and make sure you do those things first.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, networks and associations. Your time is just as valuable to you as it is other people so don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself.
Just remember that the time you have each day is a valuable resource and how you spend it is completely within your control!
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