Need more time in your day? Of course you do. So, how do you do it? That, my friends, is the million dollar question. We used to say that money was what we needed more of; nowadays time is what we crave the most. Without taking up even more of your precious time, here’s a quick six pack of ways to save time, while making the most of it:
- Use a to-do list. This one is simple. A to-do list keeps you clear on what you need to do. If you write or type out your to do list, you’re (a) more likely to complete the tasks and (b) saving yourself the time of thinking about what’s next. Say it with me, “To-do lists are my friend.”
- Plan ahead. A friend of mine taught me a great acronym for planning ahead called, The 5P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. You may spend a little more time in the present, but you will get more done and save tons of time (and possibly your sanity) in the future.
- Take advantage of the wait. Using your wait time to take care of other business is one of the best uses of your time. You can kill two birds with one stone. Make phone calls, read that book you’ve been putting off, check off some of the tasks on your to do list… the list goes on and on. Plus, it helps to distract you from how long you’ve been waiting for the doctor, even though your appointment was 30 minutes ago. Ugh. We’ve ALL been there.
- Get organized. Had to slip this one in here! Being disorganized is in my Hall of Fame of time-wasters. I’ve written several posts on the topic (as you might have guessed!) however I always recommend starting at the beginning. Check out an oldie but goodie to make getting and staying organized easy peasy.
- Develop a routine. Routines can get a bad rap because they seem rigid and too restrictive. Au contraire, mon frère. Routines make things systematic and automatic. Once you find the right routine for you, you’ll float through without feeling as rushed, disorganized, or frazzled. You can read more about the little known awesomeness of routines here.
- Say no. This magical two-letter word can, in fact, be just as important as being organized. You can’t save the world. Believe me, I’ve tried. BEFORE committing to something or someone, you must know your priorities, know your schedule and know the realistic amount of time you have available. If those three things don’t line up with what’s asking for your time, when it’s a big fat NO. Don’t feel bad. Ignore that sudden urge to recant your statement. Remember, saying “no” opens you up to saying “yes” to other things. And, if things change, you can always say “yes” later. Adding “no” to your routine will help you find more time than you thought possible.
What are some ways you save time? Share in the comment section below!