Time management is a constant struggle for a lot of people. I know that it was for me. The desire to make more time in your day is probably something you’ve thought about as you wonder where the day went.
For me, I would constantly finish half of the things on my daily to-do list and run out of time. Then I would have twice the amount of work for the next day, which, let’s face it, was never going to get done.
Some People Are Being Unrealistic
I’m sure there are some people who genuinely have a day full of activities that they need to get done. They move from one important task to the other, but no matter how quickly they move, they never accomplish what they need to accomplish.
These people have too much on their plate. It’s as simple as that. You can’t fit activities that take 24 hours in a 12 hour day. It’s impossible.
If that sounds like you, then you need to re-evaluate your days. Only if you really want to make more time in your day, that is.
Pick the important things to do, drop some things that you can live without doing, and – most importantly, be realistic about what you are capable of doing from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed.
I’ve found that people who have a lot of things to do often have a lot of dreams and goals in their life, and they want to do them all at once, so they ignore the reality that doing everything at once isn’t possible. Unfortunately, that ends up in more stress and frustration, and less productivity in the long run.
Focusing on what matters most at this time in your life can help you do what matters most really well. In short, when you focus your energy on a target, you do it better than if you were to focus your energy on many different things at once.
One Way Almost Everyone Can Make More Time In Their Day
For the rest of us, we feel like we are spending our day doing important stuff, but there are lots of little things that aren’t essential to our well-being, career, relationships, and happiness. The fact is that most people spend a lot of time doing needless things that are keeping them from having the productive day they want.
You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now. Make the most of this moment.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) November 11, 2015
This includes stalking people on Facebook, which leads to a long trip of looking at pictures, scrutinizing posts, and trying to figure out what they are really doing in their life.
Other things include watching TV, staring at walls, ruminating over past issues, worrying about future issues, and spending too much time scheduling and not enough time doing.
When I admitted to myself that most of my day was spent doing useless stuff, I added up how many hours and minutes I was wasting each day and it totaled – 8 hours. I was only awake for 15 hours!
- I watched a lot of useless TV that kept me from spending time with loved ones and working on goals that I wanted to work on.
- I spent a lot of time scheduling my day instead of taking action on my day.
- I was on Facebook quite a bit looking at friends, and friends of friends, and not-so-much friends anymore.
- I stressed out about what I needed to do, which wasted time because it kept me inactive as I thought and rethought things out.
- I would wake up refreshed and ready to get up, but lay in bed thinking, which usually resulted in falling back asleep and spending another two hours of sleep that could have been spent doing something productive.
In short, I found a lot of things that were taking away precious weeks of my life, and I realized I needed to stop complaining about not having enough hours in the day and start making more hours in my day!
TV is the biggest time waster. It may feel like you are doing something that makes you happy and feel good, but I’ve found it’s just habitual. What really makes you feel happy is spending time with the people you love, connecting with other people, getting out into nature, working on your goals, and working on your self-improvement. Watching the latest show about someone else’s life just takes you away from your own life.
For instance, my husband and I were addicted to Supernatural. We watched all the seasons as they came out. Then we got Netflix and watched 10 seasons again, took a few months off, and then started watching all 10 seasons again! Yes, Supernatural is a good show, but watching all 10 seasons one time takes (according to some quick calculations) 9810 minutes or 163.5 hours. So, 490 hours watching it three times over means over a half a month of our lives watching just one show. And we watched a lot of other shows, believe me.
Also, I know a lot of people who watch the news for an hour in the morning to find out what is going on in the world. What a waste of time! Knowing that information doesn’t benefit your life at all. Watching the news isn’t making your day better. It’s just feeding your curiosity about what’s happening in other people’s lives and taking away time that you could be doing things that make you feel good and move you towards your goals.
Lastly, getting online and getting caught up in the social media or YouTube trap is a huge waste of time. Again, it’s just feeding your curiosity about what other people are doing and not contributing to your life. Of course, there are some things online that do contribute to your success and happiness, like watching videos that make you feel good or educate you, but for the most part, it’s useless.
How To Spot YOUR Time Wasters
Write down what you do from morning to night for a week. A week is all you need because your time wasters will be habits, and there is no way you will go without giving into your habits for more than a week.
You will quickly be able to spot those little things that you do throughout your day that are needless and waste hours of your time.
You will also see instances where you could be doing two things at once and saving much more time in your day.
For instance, you may need to drive a total time of one hour to work each day. For most people, that means listening to music or thinking the same old thoughts over and over again. What a waste of time! If you have some things you would like to learn, why not buy some audiobooks to listen to on your way to work. Double up on the activities and make the most of your time.
Make More Time In Your Day
This is just one tip that can help you make more time in your day, but it is an important one. Tackle this one first, and then you will find that you will have a much easier time tackling others.
Bottom line: If you only decide to do one thing to make more time in your day follow this tip: Replace or double up needless activities that do not benefit your relationships, career, health, awareness, and happiness with activities that are more beneficial to you.