“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau
If you have more to do than you have time to do it in, you are not alone. Regardless of how much society advances with new technology that is supposed to enable us to do more in less time, there never seems to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done.
But what if you could essentially add another hour or two to your day? How would you use that time?
While you cannot add time, you can free up additional time with these techniques:
Eliminate unnecessary tasks. Maybe you just have too many things to do! Take a detailed look at your life and determine if there are any tasks that you are doing that are simply unnecessary. There are bound to be a few things you can eliminate from your life without suffering any negative impact.
Delete social media accounts. Social media platforms can be valuable, but they are also great timewasters. There is also a lot of evidence that social media use can be harmful to your mental health. Consider deleting your social media accounts and picking up the phone occasionally to check in on your friends and family the old-fashioned way.
Disable notifications. Do you really need to be notified of every text, email, and app activity in real time? Turn all of it off and take a quick peek every few hours to see if you are missing something important.
Avoid perfection. Some tasks require a high level of attention. Others do not. It is not necessary to clean out your closet with the same level of perfection as a surgeon performing a liver transplant. Ask yourself how well a task really needs to be done and perform it at an appropriate level of effort and detail.
Ask yourself how you can do this task better and faster. Are you sure you are taking the best route to work? Are you cleaning your house efficiently? Think about every task you do on a regular basis and search for a more efficient way of doing it.
Outsource. It is possible to outsource much of your life. No one can eat, sleep, or exercise for you, but you can pay others to do a lot of things for you. There are people that will clean, do laundry, mow grass, drive, shop, cook, do your taxes, and build your new deck for you. You might even have a partner or children that can carry some of your load.
Schedule your day. A decent plan is lightyears better than no plan at all. Think about what you need to accomplish and make a list. Stick to your list and you are bound to get more done in less time each day.
Track your time. Where are you wasting time? How are you spending all your time? You might be surprised where your time is going if you have never taken a hard look at it. Spend a couple of days logging your tasks and how much time you spend on them. Pay particular attention to the time spent on electronic devices and other amusing activities.
Everyone gets the same 24 hours each day to live life. Whether your 24-hour day is easy and carefree or extremely busy, it is also helpful to find additional time to use as you see fit.
You cannot make a day last longer, but you create additional hours by being more effective, more efficient, and reducing unnecessary tasks and responsibilities.