Find More Time in Your Day

Do you ever wish you could find just a few extra minutes in your day? Even though we can’t add more time to our clock, there are steps we can take to make the most of the 1,440 minutes we have each day.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Take Stock – Know how you actually spend your time. Start your quest for better time management by keeping a log of your day for several days in a row. This will give you a good idea of how you spend your time to help identify where you may be wasting time.

Evaluate – Are there tasks you can hand off to others? Do some tasks need to be reprioritized? Are there tasks that do not provide value you could eliminate? Are there tasks you could do more efficiently?

 Write It Down! – Ever heard the adage, “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”? Well here’s a twist that is equally important: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth writing down. One of the best things you can do to get organized and become more efficient is to make to-do lists. Not only will you feel more accomplished as you check items off, you will actually get more done!

Get Organized – Now that you have had a chance to evaluate your daily to do lists, determine if you have allowed enough time to complete those tasks. If you haven’t allowed enough time, you will not be successful and you’ll be frustrated. Remember, tasks are negotiable – 24 hours in a day is not. Do the urgent tasks first and reschedule the rest or ask for help.

 Delegate – It’s ok to delegate. It doesn’t show weakness, in fact it shows you are smart enough to know you can’t do it all by yourself.

Learn to Say No – It is okay to say “no” to engagements and tasks that take you away from your core responsibilities if you can demonstrate you are carefully planning to handle your workload and truly do not have the time available.

Be Healthy – Get enough sleep, make healthy choices, and take care of yourself. How can you help anyone else if you are run down? The worst thing that can happen to over-taxed individuals is that they get sick and fall into the trap of trying to catch up.