You Can Make More Time

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  • December 2, 2017 3:05 pm

You Can Make More Time

Your everyday routine may be disorganized. Or maybe you have that under control. Either way, the Christmas season usually pushes us right over the brim to, “How can I get all this done?” mode. Here are some tips to help you find more time in your routine to make Christmas less stressful and your everyday life afterward.

Always have a clock in easy view so you don’t lose track of time.

Track how long it takes you to do things. You may be surprised how much time you’re wasting on some activities and how you put off other things thinking they take longer than they actually do.

Group similar tasks together to make getting them done easier to remember, more natural, and more efficient to actually put into motion.

Declutter, or at least group things into areas or piles, so you don’t waste time just looking for things.

Do things when you think of them. How many times do you think to do things before you actually do them because you keep planning to do it later and then forgetting, or never finding the time?

Get the hardest, most dreaded, or most important thing out of the way first so nothing can get in the way.

When things are of equal importance, you might get smaller things out of the way first so you can knock tasks off of your to-do list and alleviate stress.

Set boundaries for social media, family time, and personal time.

Create a plan for what you need to get done this day, this week, and this month. You might use an organizer, if you like.

Break larger, longer goals into small chunks so you can better manage actually getting it done and feel a sense of accomplishment that motivates you to keep going.

Create time limits for tasks. You’d be amazed how much time can be wasted attempting to get a project done with an infinite amount of time to do it in.

Prioritize tasks. Some of then don’t really have to be done at any particular time and some are crucial. Don’t put equal weight on every item on your To-Do list.

Plan for free time around tasks to allow for the unpredictability of life. Traffic, shopping lanes, unexpected conversations, and countless other things that cannot be planned for make tasks take longer or delay you getting started on them. Allow for that so you don’t overbook yourself and stress out needlessly over things you can’t control. Time can’t really be micromanaged to that extent.

Plan to be early. One of two things will happen, you will get there early and make yourself come off much better and potentially get things done sooner than you expected, or you’ll be naturally allowing yourself some of that free time for getting ready in the morning to take longer than you might expect. If you get up in time to get to work 10 or 15 minutes earlier, you’ll either get there early or have 10 or 15 minutes of leeway to make up for all the struggling you normally do to get there on time.

Set aside times for self-care, or work self-care into scheduled parts of your routine.


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