Fresh Slate: 5 Ways to Add More Time to Your Day
How many times have you said, “I wish I had more hours in the day”? I know I’ve said it at least a dozen times, and that’s only this week!
How do you add more time to your day?
You can’t physically add more time but you can create systems and plans that will free up the time you already have.
Track Your Time: Do you know how long it takes you to food shop? To cook dinner? To run errands or walk your dog? If you don’t know how long something takes you, you can’t determine if it should be outsourced or if you should just do it yourself so start by tracking your time. It’s a great exercise for the new year -- for one week, set your stopwatch on your phone every time you start a task. Then, record that in your calendar. It may seem tedious, but it will give you a full picture of what you’re doing each day and help you to better understand what you like to do and what you don’t like to do as well as what you shouldn’t be wasting time on!
Figure Out Your Hourly Rate: If you own your own business, this is fairly easy. If you work for someone else, divide your salary and determine how much you make hourly based on a 40 hour work week.
Outsource: Now that you know how much time it takes you to do your weekly tasks and how much you make per hour, find an outsourcing system that works for you. Maybe it’s easier to outsource food shopping but you can handle the cooking. Maybe you like cooking but don’t like food shopping. Either way, determine which tasks can be outsourced on a regular basis and which ones you’ll handle. I’ll share some of my favorite services and outsourcing apps later this month to help you get started if you haven’t already found your favorites!
Write it Down: Put everything you have to do in your calendar for the next week. This is especially important if you work from home or if you work for yourself. When you work from home, you can easily get distracted by household tasks, but if you remind yourself that you’ve blocked time for those tasks at the end of the week, you won’t feel so stressed and you’ll actually accomplish all of your work goals for the week too! If you work for yourself, you can sometimes feel like an hour not spent on your business is an hour wasted. This is not the case -- there are many elements of running a business and, for many of us, a clean workspace is essential to our overall well-being and peace of mind. Give yourself the time to create that for yourself each week.
Schedule Self Care: In the beginning, when you create a weekly system to handle your personal and professional life, you may feel like there’s no time left for spontaneous fun. That’s SO not the case. Creating a schedule is about giving yourself flexibility and the peace of mind to enjoy that flexibility! The same goes for self-care Schedule time to take a bath, get a massage or read a book -- your business and your personal life will thrive if you give yourself this time to rest and recharge. And, eventually, you won’t have to schedule it because it will automatically be part of your routine.
How do you make sure you check off all your to-do items each week? How do you take care of yourself when your family, friends and professional demands become overwhelming? Share your systems with me in the comments!